BACKGROUND: The Start of #DataRefuge, Dec 17/2016
...at 1:36 the introduction to the DataRefuge project starts
HEADLINE: Universities host pre-Trump archiving events to save US climate data
Researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania have organised events to preserve climate and environmental data before Donald Trump becomes US president.
The “guerrilla archiving event” at the Canadian institution took place on 17 December, to coincide with the Internet Archive and California Digital Library’s End of Term 2016, a project that aims to preserve federal government information found on the internet at the end of each presidential term. (Bothwell, 2016) https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/universities-host-pre-trump-archiving-events-save-us-climate-data
HEADLINE: Canadian "guerrilla" archivists will be assisting a rushed effort to preserve US government climate data.
Environmentalists, climate scientists and academics are collaborating to protect what they view as fragile digital federal records and research.
They want the data saved before Donald Trump takes office.
Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist, journalist and self described "climate hawk" helped launch the emergency archival effort by tweeting out a Google spreadsheet that collects databases people want preserved from federal websites.
Mr Holthaus does not believe the incoming Trump administration will intentionally delete government data.
But he said the "biggest concern is that, either through budget cuts or neglect or tough changing priorities, some data is lost or at least access to it is lost”. (n.a,2016) http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38324045
What is data literacy: “the simplest definition of data literacy is the ability to interpret, evaluate, and communicate statistical information.” (databrarians,2015)
That’s where the #datarefuge project comes in. The project, which brings together partners to address climate data’s vulnerability, aims to empower everyone to explore, use and ensure the trustworthiness of data. (Rachel, 2016) http://technical.ly/philly/2016/12/28/creating-a-datarefuge/
Data rescuing hackathons: The volunteer programmers at each event have been writing custom scripts to harvest the bigger, more complicated federal data sets, too. And they’re sharing the scripts with each other.
Large data sets are being organized and uploaded to datarefuge.org, a website based on a version of the open-source data portal software Ckan, customized by Allen. All the various data-rescue hackathons are using the site for data storage, and hope it will act as an alternative repository for pre-Trump federal information during the new administration. (Schangler, 2017) https://qz.com/891201/hackers-were-downloading-government-climate-data-and-storing-it-on-european-servers-as-trump-was-being-inaugurated/
What is data literacy: “the simplest definition of data literacy is the ability to interpret, evaluate, and communicate statistical information.” (databrarians, 2015)
Public BYOD events:
Training is provided to volunteers for Seeding and preference for volunteers with experience for Data Scraping (Scrape and download datasets that cannot be crawled by EoT (For this activity, participants should know a scripting language, such as R or Python, or be able to detect patterns in HTML. An overview of scraping techniques will be provided during the first hour.) (n.a., 2016) http://guides.lib.ucdavis.edu/aiap_events
The event...will begin with a presentation that covers which data sets on federal websites should be copied and how to access them, among other things. Volunteers with coding, programing and data scraping backgrounds will offer guidance throughout the day.
The collected data is kept in multiple locations, according to DataRefuge. (Bothwell, 2016) http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article130196614.html#storylink=cpy
1) End of Term Presidential Harvest 2016
…a collaborative project to preserve public United States Government web sites at the end of the current presidential administration ending January 20, 2017. This harvest is intended to document federal agencies' presence on the World Wide Web during the transition of Presidential administrations and to enhance the existing collections of the partner institutions.
In this collaboration, the partners will structure and execute a comprehensive harvest of the Federal Government .gov (n.a, 2016) http://digital2.library.unt.edu/nomination/eth2016/about/
2) Philadelphia Data Refuge project
The #datarefuge project, led by the PPEH and Penn libraries, has a three-fold mission:
• education to promote data literacy.
• partnering with End of Term Harvest, a collaborative project to archive internet data from federal sites during this presidential transition, focusing on content that is likely to change during the transfer of power. (PPEHLab, n.a.)
• data rescue and creating a set of protocols for upcoming events. http://www.ppehlab.org
3) #DataRescueDavis - where we will work together to backup scientific data related to climate change and the environment that was produced with public funding and is available from federal websites.(#datarescuedavis,2017) http://guides.lib.ucdavis.edu/aiap_events
Vocabulary Terms and Roles:
1) Data Refuge Updates - http://www.ppehlab.org/blogposts/2017/1/19/data-refuge-last-day-pre-inauguration-update
1) Podcast Interview with Data Refuge Librarian Laurie Allen http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/working/2017/02/working_how_does_librarian_laurie_allen_work.html
2) Official Twitter Account for DataRefuge: https://twitter.com/DataRefuge?lang=en&lang=en
3) Official Twitter Account for Bethany Wiggin - Founding Director @PPEHLab: https://twitter.com/bwiggerson
4) Facebook Page: Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities @ppeh seeks to generate scholarship and engagement in the environmental humanities through innovative projects and partnerships on campus and off.
5) #DataRefuge Hashtags: #datarefuge #datarescue #savethedata #climatedata #sciencenotsilence
Kim Eke @kimeke There’s just so much you can do with floor-to-ceiling whiteboards, good people & wicked problems. #datarefuge #libraries 8:00 PM - 8 Feb 2017
DataRefuge @DataRefuge Join #DataRefuge for #LoveYourData Week Feb13-17. 10 Feb 2017
Penn EHLab @PPEHLab What type of #help do you need? Color coded help cards for the programmers hard at work at #DataRescuePhilly 9:17 AM - 14 Jan 2017