1st Workshop on the Digital Vectorization of Historical Seismograms

20-23 September, 2005
Grottaminarda (AV), Italy
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Circulars: First Circular (08/08/2005), Second Circular (08/31/2005)


Historical seismograms vectorization is of primary importance for the reanalysis of past earthquakes using modern approaches. This is important in order to refine earthquake size and mechanism and, in general, for the reappraisal of seismic hazard.

In the past years, INGV-Sismos personnel has developed the Teseo2 software for seismogram vectorization (Pintore et al, in press). Recently, a new version of the Teseo software named Teseo2, has been developed. Teseo2 has been found very effective in performing vectorization from raster, high-resolution, seismogram records images. In addition, this new version is available on a variety of operating system platforms (Unix-like, Mac OS X and Windows ). Teseo2 is an open source development project.

The aim of this workshop is to introduce the participants to the use of Teseo2 for seismogram vectorization. This effort is integral part of the "EuroSeismos project" supported by the European Seismological Commission working group on "History and Data of Instrumental Seismology".

The participants that would like to bring their own record raster images are recommended to contact the organizers.

Registration deadline extended to: 07/10/2005

Tentative Programme

  • 20 September afternoon: Participants arrival at the Grottaminarda CESIS-INGV Observatory.

  • 21 September:
    • 9:00 Welcome address (Alessandro Amato, Director of the Italian Earthquake Center).
    • 9:15 The EuroSeismos Project (Graziano Ferrari, SGA, Bologna).
    • 9:30 The INGV SISMOS Facility (Alberto Michelini, INGV).
    • 9:45 Exploiting the potentials of historical seismograms: the case study of the 1905 Mongolian earthquakes (Antoine Schlupp, Strasbourg).
    • 10:00 coffe break.
    • 10:15 Teseo: A guided tour (Matteo Quintiliani).
    • 10:45 Teseo: installation and first steps (Stefano Pintore).
    • 11:15 Technical assistance for Teseo plug-in and GIMP installations (Teseo developers, TD).

    • 13:00 Lunch.
    • 14:30 Teseo: a tutorial and exercises (TD).
    • 16:30 Coffe break.
    • 17:00 Open session on other vectorization programs.
    • 17:30 Exercises (TD).
    • 19:00 Return to the hotel.

  • 22 September:
    • 9:00-10:30 Practice vectorization exercises using Teseo (TD).
    • 10:30 Coffe break.
    • 10:45 Assisted exercises (TD).

    • 13:00 Lunch.
    • 14:30 Assisted exercises (TD).
    • 16:00 Coffe break.
    • 16:30 Forum on vectorization.
    • 19:00 Return to the hotel.

  • 23 September: Participants departure.


The “Centro per la Sismologia e l’Ingegneria Sismica” (CESIS) is an observatory of the National Earthquake Center of INGV and it is sited in Grottaminarda (http://www.gm.ingv.it) in the Avellino Provence in Southern Italy. The workshop will be held in the Castello d'Aquino di Grottaminarda (AV). This castle has a long history as it has belonged to various baronial families throughout the centuries. Since 1988, the castle is property of the Grottaminarda municipal authority. In 2004, the castle has been restructured and it now hosts the CESIS-INGV facility.

INGV will provide participants with bed&breakfast accomodation and evening dinner. Lunch will be arranged near or within the Grottaminarda castle where the WS is held.

For travel, INGV is organizing some small vans that will depart on 9/20 afternoon from the INGV headquarters in Rome to Grottaminarda (about 3 hours drive). The same arrangement will be used to bring back the participants on 9/23.

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