At the beginning of 1999, within the IASPEI Committee on Education, a subcommittee was created with the goal to promote (1) research, inventory, and recovery of historical instruments, recordings, station bulletins, papers, and scientific correspondence, (2) preservation and reproduction of seismograms and historical documents, especially scanning/digitizing into computer files, and (3) experimentation of techniques for the scientific investigation of all historical seismic data.

The subcommittee draws the inspiration for its own purposes and goals from the recent experiences gained in Italy through the TROMOS project, carried out by SGA for the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica and in Europe through the...

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