DataRescue SF Bay is an opportunity for scientists, activists, and volunteers of all kinds to identify, back up, and help preserve at-risk data resources before they are lost from public view and use. We seek coders, developers, archivists, scientists, researchers, bloggers, writers, and community activists who care about data in the public interest.
Much of our day will involve collaboratively identifying important online public resources and datasets, nominating URLs to the Internet Archive's End of Term project, using/adapting/creating tools to acquire and back up further datasets, and getting the word around to others who can do the same. We also seek those skilled in storytelling, social media, the arts, and political organizing. How can we make sure that data are preserved so that we can continue to undertake the very best science in an age of skepticism about science and climate change?
DataRescue SF Bay is part of the broader DataRefuge project, in partnership with the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) and the End of Term Presidential Harvest from the Internet Archive. The event is also co-sponsored by the Science and Justice Center at UC Santa Cruz.
Read a few recent articles on the larger effort:
- "Saving Climate Data" (Vice)
- "Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump" (Washington Post)
- “Harvesting Government History, One Web Page at a Time” (New York Times)
- "Environmental Data, Guerrilla Archiving, and the Trump Transition" (Cultural Anthropology)