We confront the data avalanche: the amount of waveform data available from seismological data centers has been growing enormously over the past few years. This is a highly welcome development from a scientific point of view, but the time and effort spent on identification, retrieval, and quality control of subsets of these data may quickly exceed tolerable limits for an individual researcher.

Data from different data centers may not be available through the same interfaces or may arrive in different formats, which have tended to change over time. This often results in time‐consuming homogenization efforts. The situation has improved in...

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