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Monthly Newsletter that provides an update on the various activities at NEEScomm and NEES facilities.


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Month: July Date: 07/23/2012
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In this month's update, you are provided links to important announcements and details about the future of NEES and the support of earthquake research infrastructure.  Learn about how to contribute to the NEEShub and an upcoming opportunity to attend an OpenSees workshop. 

Featured Items

Plans for NEES Beyond 2014

NSF releases official statement.  Find links below for details. 


Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

Welcome back from Boston and a successful meeting! 


Contribute to the NEEShub

Using the Project Warehouse on the NEEShub.


Upcoming Workshop

PEER and NEES hosting OpenSees Days 2012.

Latest News
NSF 12-107 Dear Colleague Letter - Operations and Management of Earthquake Research Infrastructure during FY 2015-2019
On July 17, 2012, under Item 8 of the public agenda of the National Science Board (NSB) meeting, the plans for NEES beyond 2014 were presented as an information item.  The video recording of the proceedings can be found at the link provided below:
After clicking the link, you must first register to view the materials on the website.  After successful registration, look on the right side of the web page and click under the CPP Meeting the video link:  Play Flash Video.  Once the video starts with Dr. Diane Souvaine, Chair of the Committee on Programs & Plans (CPP), asking for approval of the minutes, the discussion of NEES occurs between minutes 3:25 and 6:55 of the video. 

There was no presentation by NSF, instead NSB Consultant Jose-Marie Griffiths (Vice President for Academic Affairs and University Professor, Bryant University) reviewed very briefly the recommendations from NSF.  This informational item was followed a few days later by the NSF 12-107 Dear Colleague Letter.  The letter can be read at:

You will find in the letter many important announcements and details on the plans of NSF to support an earthquake research infrastructure, NEES2, beyond 2014 and research programs associated with it.

Annual Meeting Wrap-Up
 Welcome back from Quake Summit 2012 in Boston!  It was a great success and we would like to thank everyone who attended by making this the largest NEES community annual meeting yet.  A special thank you goes to the organizers, presenters and Technical Program Committee for your hard work and dedication to the NEES community.  We would like to also extend appreciation to Northeastern University for their hospitality and generosity.  Northeastern University was host sponsor to the joint annual meeting with CMMI and to our REU students.

Participants made great use of the technical sessions. Special mention of the workshop "High Performance Computing for Simulation-Based Earthquake Engineering" led by Professor Greg Deierlein at Stanford University brought together experts aimed at advancing the frontier of computational simulation as an important tool for earthquake engineering research. When available, a report with more details will be shared on the NEEShub.

Quake Summit photos and updates are shared on our Facebook page.  Also, be sure to join us for continued discussions and collaboration in our newly formed LinkedIn group!

Contribute to the Project Warehouse and Use of the NEEShub

True or False:  Project Warehouse is only for NEES-R projects.  FALSE!  We encourage all earthquake engineers to consider uploading their data to the Project Warehouse and to utilize the NEEShub for their research, no matter their funding.

The vision for the Project Warehouse is to be the data repository for sharing and publishing earthquake engineering research data from all experimental and numerical studies.  The NEEShub infrastructure is available to support the entire earthquake engineering community, including sharing data in the Project Warehouse, publications, databases, and tools.

NEEShub users have benefited from the many features of the online collaboratory, including the flexibility of using tools shared by other colleagues in the field.  We encourage all users to share their tools, request changes or suggestions using the Wish List, archive their data, and upload their publications.  Do you have a tool that you would like to see uploaded for use on the NEEShub?  There are also many other ways to contribute to the NEEShub.  It couldn't get any easier with the online instructions and guides.

A special reminder goes to NEESR Principal Investigators about starting the data and metadata archival process as soon as possible and to encourage their graduate students to become familiar with the tools and support available.  The many who attended the NEEShub Boot Camp workshops at the annual meeting found the tools very useful and empowered to ensure their data is archived by the great support of NEEShub experts.  Watch for announcements for more NEEShub Boot Camp webinar opportunities.

OpenSees Days 2012
PEER and NEES will host OpenSees Days 2012 on August 15-16, 2012 at the Richmond Field Station, an off-campus facility of the University of California, Berkeley.  Students, researchers, and practitioners are welcome to attend any of the days.  For more information, follow this link:

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