#DataRescue New Year Updates

Happy New Year!  The DataRescuePhilly event is coming up soon on January 13th and 14th.  We will be making regular posts to keep the larger #DataRescue community updated on our efforts. 

  • If you haven't done so already, please fill out our survey to help us identify which environmental datasets that are valuable to your research.  The survey will close January 7th, so please take the time to fill this out as soon as possible.  We will be working with a group of volunteer archivists and librarians to sort and vet the survey results prior to our event. 
  • We are working on plans to continue seeding the End of Term Harvest  as well as build an open data repository for those data that cannot go into the Internet Archive.  
  • If you are planning your own DataRescue event, make sure to consult the amazing toolkit that has been put together by our friends and colleagues in Toronto.  The work being done by the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) has been invaluable to our efforts in Philadelphia, and we will be adding to the toolkit after our event. We also have information on our FAQs, How to Help, and Organize an Event pages.
  • Tentative Schedule and Event Plans:
    • January 13th
      • All events will be held in the Van Pelt Library
        • 12-1:30pm we will be hosting a teach-in on the Data Refuge and Environmental Justice.  This will be the first teach-in as part of a series of events throughout the Spring semester called Philly Freedom School, which will be on a variety of important social and political issues.  
        • 1:30-4pm come to an session to learn how to become a Data Rescue Guide!  Here we will be having an important training session for those interested in helping to guide attendees during the archiving event being held on the 14th.  Learn more about the event and tasks that need to be accomplished.  Please RSVP if you are interested.    
        • 4-6pm  will be a Data Refuge Value and Vulnerability Roundtable.  Confirmed speakers include Jefferson Bailey (Director, Internet Archive), Robert Cheetham (President/CEO, Azavea), Michael Halpern (Deputy Director, Union of Concerned Scientists), Michelle Murphy (Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto; EDGI).  We will update this list as we hear back from other invited speakers.  
      • 6-7pm reception 
    • January 14th 
      • 9am-5pm All day DataRescue!  Please come for the whole thing or times that work for you!  Lunch and Coffee will be provided.  Please bring:
        • Your computer and charger
        • Snacks
        • Energy and Excitement!