Within the activities of the European Commission NERIES project (2006-2010), Networking Activity 4 (NA4) "Distributed Archive of Historical Earthquake Data", a massive quantity of historical earthquakes data from year 1000 to year 1900 were collected and analyzed. Further activities were then carried out in the framework of the EU Project SHARE (2009-2013), Task 3.1 "European earthquake database".
All the inventoried data is now made available through the Archive of Historical Earthquake Data (AHEAD), which is currenlty coordinated by a core unit hosted at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - Sezione di Milano and involves researchers from many European Research Institutions.
The main goal of AHEAD is to establish and implement an European common platform for searching, retrieving, evaluating and making available the macroseismic datasets of European and Mediterranean historical earthquakes, with special reference to the background data. This effort would, in our view, greatly overcome most of the problems coming from national boundaries and will greatly expand the limited resources available to most research groups.
One of the fundamental components of historical seismology research is the so called “macroseismic intensity data” which describes the level of damage caused by an earthquake in a list of places. Commonly these intensity data come in form of printed maps and/or tables; only sometime data are available in digital form and rarely are plotted using interactive maps.
Among other tasks, the AHEAD working team is dedicated to create a network of Institutions and individuals that would like to share their data with a broader scientific community.
Until now no dedicated tool for publishing intensity data on the Web existed and some sort of general purpose solutions was commonly adopted. However, in order to fully exploit macroseismic intensity data, a standard web-gis solution requires a lot of tweaking resulting in extremely time-consuming and over complicated solutions.
To solve the situation, the AHEAD working team decided to create MIDOP, a specific tool that allows web-inexperienced researchers to easily transform unappealing intensity tables into deeply customized interactive maps.
A completely coding-free approach has been adopted sporting a user friendly web interface capable of generating an entire website from scratch. Once a website has been generated on your PC, its publication on the web is easy as dragging a folder to the final web server.
MIDOP generated websites are secure and lightweight web application which are easily managed by any standard webserver.
There is no need for any third party product installed on the public webserver such as dataservers.
Before implementing the tool, a series of requirements have been filed by listening to involved researchers and to the IT people of the different research Institutions.
The tool addresses the following tasks:
Features taken into account from seismologists:
Features taken into account from the IT staff:
The current MIDOP version can be referenced as:
Locati M. (2013-2014). MIDOP, Macroseismic Intensity Data Online Publisher. Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione di Milano-Pavia. http://www.emidius.eu/MIDOP/
The previous MIDOP versions was
Locati M. and Cassera A., (2010-2012). MIDOP, Macroseismic Intensity Data Online Publisher. Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione di Milano-Pavia. http://www.emidius.eu/MIDOP/