Global Earthquake Model, or GEM, is "an international forum where organisations and people come together to develop, use and share tools and resources for transparent assessment of earthquake risk." Based in Italy, GEM has an impressive group of world-wide government and corporate sponsors and collaborators, and since the start of 2014 has been releasing a series of documents which support their free modeling software - OpenQuake. Review of this effort and latest developments are best brought to light by touring their website. Here are some links to get you started:
Comment: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is the core of this distinguished effort to save 1,000's of lives a year. Kudos to GEM on many levels for realizing that open software and data are key to being effective in the world of emergency preparedness and response.
Graphic credit: GEM
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