In the July/August issue of SRL, Tom Owens, writing his first column for the Electronic Seismologist (ES), asked “The Question”: Can we as a community develop the long-term relationships with the computer science community, the financial resources, and the culture necessary to build and maintain a state-of-the-art information technology (IT) structure that will really make a difference in the way we do our science? He discussed the tough practical challenges posed by The Question and highlighted some of the IT efforts underway by IRIS, EarthScope, and other geoscience organizations. In particular, he mentioned a new IT project by the...

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