For those of you that are familiar with Yellowstone, you may have visited a site of webicorders. I'll post a letter that has replaced the usual map
with all the seismograph pages, live pages and archives.
"So What Had Happened Was...
I've always gotten my images from the University of Utah, a.k.a. the UUSS. And sometime on the evening of April 4th, 2016, they suddenly completely
changed how they provide those images. Rather, they got rid of those images. I'm therefore unable to archive them anymore or present them to you in
the efficient fashion you've come to know and love.
From what I can tell so far about their changes, seismographic images have now become just "seismographic image." Every seismogram now shows only and
exactly the past 24 hours of its life, as if they don't want anyone having the ability to look at its history even two days later. The filenames don't
even have anything in them anymore but the station's ID. The only way for me to compensate for this is to only download each station's image once a
day and then stick it in the archives. That means they'd never be live again. You'd have to go use their site to get live images. They couldn't have
invented a better way to break my site if they tried. I'm not saying they were trying, but...
...but I don't know of another source for the old-style images. If you do, or have a better idea for how to compensate for the New Seismic Order,
please write. If you don't, maybe utilizing the first link on this page instead will do more good. (But please be civil, internets.) I'm still waiting
to hear back from them about whether the old-style seismograms are still being generated somewhere; they may be. But if not, there's no way I alone
will ever get them to bring them back.
And, hey. At least the quakes still work.
Update, 4/6/2016: It's official. I got the following response: "For now, we will have only one day. We'll be working on having multiple days
eventually. The old style Webicorders are no longer being generated." Which begs the question, why did they stop making them if they plan to start
making them again "eventually?" Why do they consider restricting the amount of data they serve as an "improvement?" Sure, it's prettier now maybe, but
it's almost completely useless. My conclusion: this was all intentional. They don't want us knowing anymore, and they'll never bring back the
old-style seismograms. That or they were licensing the webicorder-generation software and decided they weren't going to pay for it anymore
(exceedingly-unlikely, but I do know that Swarm, what they're using now, is free). I literally can't think of any other explanations... but I
guarantee you that no true scientist would act like this. To scientists, more data is always better, and less data is always worse. This was not done
for any scientific reason. This was all politics... unless they're trying to hide some event that they know is almost here...
I guess it's up to you. In the meantime I'll see what I can do to start archiving the new-style one-per-day images. They won't be live, but at least
there'll still be history to look at. What a mess. I gotta get to work."
I feel bad for this guy and all his hard work being mucked up...
There is still data. So it isn't exactly censorship. But, if you only release data in a limited way, it can lead to the same thing. I'll say you all
my opinions, but I think it could be argued that this argument is the open access debate.
I'm sure I'm making too much of this. But what makes me think I'm not is that the USGS and Utah have had to deal with many public "freak outs" on
line. Meaning, the internet has caused media storms about imminent eruptions without any real substance. Is this change a way to make it more
difficult for the information to be used by "amateur" broadcasters?
I'm sure the University of Utah will say this is all for the better. I actually want to believe that. Oh, this is just a bit of information that I'd
like to share. I watch the Yellowstone webicorders, the graphs of earthquakes, all the time. I can tell you when there is an earthquakes and about how
big it is. But do you know what, if an earthquake happens on the weekend, or holiday, The USGS won't list it on their main site. WORD.
edit on Wed Apr 6 2016 by DontTreadOnMe because: OP hit enter too fast