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An Earthshaking Use of Open Source

Jul 08, 2008, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"A German scientific research institute is using an open-source database running on Linux and x86 hardware to store global seismic activity data and to interpret that data. The purpose is to ensure that countries around the world are in compliance with the terms of the nuclear test ban treaty.

"The most recent nuclear test to violate the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBTO) was North Korea, in late 2006. The world was alerted to the testing thanks to the efforts of monitoring stations around the world, including four stations under the auspices of the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)..."

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