Earthquakes Canada - Seismograph Stations API
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This API looks awesome, especially since it’s been designed with hypermedia in mind – I love how I can just follow the links to more details in the API response. Is there more detail available on what the fields mean? Some documentation around this would be really handy.
Are sensor readings from the stations available through this API? That’d be really neat. Right now, I just get information about where the stations are geographically, and a little about each one’s capabilities, but this isn’t super interesting.
Edward, we're glad you found the data useful. We're working out some documentation for both APIs but it's not quite ready yet. As for sensor readings: Earthquakes start as raw data from stations. Seismologists then select some timespans from some stations and produce a "pick" file, and that "pick" file is converted with a bit of math into a "solution". We are now offering both ends of that equation and working our way to the middle. From the earthquakes, or "solutions", side we've had conversations in how to offer those pick files. The difficulty is in the translation to an open format - something that will be sorted and included in the Earthquake API. The data you're looking for would be a logical next step. The "detections" are available; we'll need to use those "picks" to know which to index. Keep using the data, keep commenting on what works and what doesn't. And for those looking for the earthquakes that go along with these stations: Earthquakes Canada - Earthquakes API http://data.gc.ca/data/en/dataset/5c520669-0a6a-4208-9b82-bed8ca1e145f (NRCan dataset representative)