Front: “Data Mine,” the new peer-reviewed column in SSA’s Seismological Research Letters that documents data collected through recent earth science experiments and tells readers how to access it, debuts in this final issue of 2016 with two articles. Shillington et al. (this issue) reports on a project to acquire a comprehensive suite of geophysical and geochemical datasets across the northern Malawi (Nyasa) rift in East Africa—and included familiarizing local high-school students with their work. Also, Miller et al. (this issue) reports on the data collection of the Banda arc seismic experiment, designed to unravel some of the complex dynamics of convergent tectonics in eastern Indonesia.Back: Since 2014, research groups from Japan, Taiwan, and New Zealand have been collaborating to share research ideas and expertise about topics relevant to the development of national seismic hazard models (NSHMs) in each region,
as depicted here. The trilateral collaboration is centered on a series of workshops designed to bring the researchers together. The Focus Section on the Joint Japan–Taiwan–New Zealand National Seismic Hazard Model Collaboration (this issue) comprises eight articles that highlight some of the ongoing research that specifically targets improvements in the NSHMs for these regions.