How to Contribute


Earthquake investigators are encouraged to post observations and photos on this clearinghouse website. Four different options for contributing are described below:

  • Upload Observation or Information Blog Posts
  • Upload Geo-located Photos to Interactive Map
  • Upload Geo-tagged Photos with Field Data Collection Tool
  • Contact EERI Staff with other ideas

Upload Observation or Information Blog Posts

These observations will appear as “recent posts” in the menus on the right.
Note:  If you do not already have a login to the website, you’ll need to contact EERI Clearinghouse staff to request one.

Geo-located Photo Upload to Interactive Map

You can geo-locate your photos and add them to the clearinghouse using the interactive map interface on the home page of this clearinghouse website.

Field Data Collection Tool for Geo-tagged Photo Upload

Earthquake investigators are encouraged to post geo-tagged photos. For uploading geo-tagged photos, download the Field Data Collection Tool (Mac & Windows). A Tutorial about using the Field Data Collection Tool can be downloaded as a pdf or can be viewed below.

Field Data Collection Tool Instructions

  1. Download the EERIFieldTool.zip file and save to your desktop.
  2. Extract the whole folder inside using WinZip or another extracting program
  3. In this extracted folder, open the EERIFieldTool.jar file.
    1. NOTE: If you are unable to open this file (such as the following error), you might not have Java ® installed. Please download it from: http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp
  4. Click on “Choose Images” to begin. The program will remind you that you can import multiple files or directories at once by holding the Ctrl and Shift keys
  5. After choosing your pictures, they will be imported to the program. If any of them are not geo-tagged, you will be requested to add latitude/longitude information.
  6. Select what earthquake event the uploaded pictures will be sent to.
  7. Complete the information for all the pictures!

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Examples for Speed

  • If you want to include the same photographer for all pictures, click on Check all, then on With Selected choose “Change Photographer” and include the photographer’s name on the space.
  • If you want to use a category (Structural, Geotechnical, etc) for only some but not all pictures, then click on the checkmark box where changes will be applied, then on With Selected choose “Change Category” and pick the desired category.

Contact EERI Staff with other ideas

Earthquake investigators are encouraged to contact EERI Clearinghouse staff if they have suggestions about how they can contribute to this clearinghouse effort.