ORFEUS (Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology) is a non-profit foundation that promotes seismology in the Euro-Mediterranean area through the collection, archival and distribution of seismic waveform (meta)data and closely related products. The data and services are collected and developed at national level by more than 60 seismological agencies and further developed, integrated, standardized, homogenized and promoted through ORFEUS.
The core ORFEUS services are:
- the European Integrated waveform Data Archive (EIDA);
- and the European Strong-Motion databases (SM).
ORFEUS currently provides access to ~10,000 stations, including dense temporary experiments. Contributing to ORFEUS data archives means long-term archival, state-of-the-art quality control, improved access and increased usage. Federated web services are used to ensure optimal data access. Particular attention is paid to adopting clear policies and acknowledging the crucial role played by data providers, who are part of the ORFEUS community.
ORFEUS data and services are assessed and improved through the feedback of a User Advisory Group (UAG), comprised of European Earth scientists with expertise encompassing a broad range of disciplines. All ORFEUS services are developed in coordination with EPOS and are EPOS compliant. ORFEUS is one of the founding parties and fundamental pillars of EPOS Seismology.
Since 2018, the ORFEUS Secretariat is located at the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zurich. The Secretary General, Dr. Carlo Cauzzi, is the general coordinator of all the activities of the Foundation, as detailed in the ORFEUS Bylaws.
Learn more about ORFEUS here.