It has been seven years since the original FISSURES Workshop (Malone, 1997). FISSURES, the ES looked up, stands for “Framework for Integration of Scientific Software for University Research in Earth Sciences.” FISSURES was the blueprint for a revolution in seismological software. As luck would have it, back in 1997, no one (with the possible exception of the ES) was in the mood for a revolution. So it was that the revolution turned into a quiet effort by the IRIS Data Management System to create a framework for a new generation of data request mechanisms. FISSURES, an acronym tainted by the...

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