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Time series are stored as generally independent, fixed length data records which each contain a small segment of contiguous series values. A reader of miniSEED is required to reconstruct longer, contiguous time series from the data record segments. Common record lengths are 512-byte (for real time streams) and 4096-byte (for archiving), other record lengths are used for special scenarios.

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The full SEED format has been retired. See this article for more information.

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The SEED format uses 4 name components to uniquely identify a time series and provide attribution to the owner of the data:

After cleaning up their lands, farmers couldn’t just start planting for the summer growing season, though. Most seeds were unusable, since they’d been exposed to the elements. Well-meaning aid organizations rushed in seeds to replenish stocks, but many of them may not be culturally appropriate or ecologically adapted for the hilly terrain.

Farmers serve as citizen-scientists. By ranking seeds on their performance and yield, they help identify what works best in their specific environment. Crowdsourced methods like this allow scientists to get more research done in less time. And, seed businesses and community seeds banks can benefit from this recorded knowledge too.

What can other places learn from Nepal’s seed struggles? It’s all about diversifying seed stocks in community seed banks and backing them up at national and international gene banks (see Can Preserving Crop Biodiversity Save the World? ). “That’s one way to improve community resilience to future disasters,” says Sthapit. A strong seed network makes all the difference in a farming community’s ability to bounce back.

Earthquake seeds

The need
A massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Himalayan region of Kashmir on 8th October, 2005. The damage extended to a radius of 140 km. Children accounted for almost half of the people who died and most were in school when they perished.

How we helped
SEEDS fielded its first relief operation on 9th October, accompanied by a structural assessment team. We were the first team to reach the Poonch area with humanitarian relief. The initial round of distribution of 100 tents and 500 blankets was completed within a week. This was followed by further ground assessments and the distribution of family kits. These includes woollens, utensils, milk powder, notebooks and blankets for the most remote areas of Poonch.

With the worsening winter condition, emergency shelters were of immediate priority for the affected families. With logistical support from National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India, the reconstruction process started on 19th November, 2005.