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In conversation with many partners, such as you, we can build refuge for federal climate and environmental data vulnerable under a federal administration which denies the fact of ongoing climate change. At the University of Pennsylvania, we teach our students to make fact based arguments. This effort serves our mission by working to preserve the facts that are needed. Learn how you can get involved below!


#DataRefuge connects asks to offers

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities in collaboration with the Penn Libraries founded #DataRefuge. We are inspired by the decade of work by our collaborators at End of Term Harvest and the Internet Archive. We are working in close collaboration with researchers at multitudes of organizations (universities, professional societies, open data advocates), as well as two consortia: #ClimateMirror and #EDGI, both founded expressly to support this shared, public project to protect data and educate about climate and environmental issues even as federal programs will be targeted. Further context for our efforts can be found in articles written by the Washing Post here and here.

Here is a list of vulnerable datasets we are building refuge for. Please fill out this form:

  • If you have an ask, and would like to nominate data
  • Or if you have an offer, and would like to download/scrape/etc or provide server space
  • If you are hosting a public #DataRescue event or "hackathon," email us at and we will share it too.

Please note that there is some lag time between form submission and updates to the spreadsheet. We are working on speeding up the process. 

#DataRefuge D-I-Y Toolkit

Our D-I-Y toolkit will help other organizations and individuals organize their own city's or university's #DataRescue events. It will include protocols on how to get the data, and then mark it up with metadata to make it sustainable for partners who have lots of server space. Let's build #DataRefuge together to keep the tools for climate and environmental research and planning accessible.

#DataRescue events expand #DataRefuge

#DataRefuge gathers local #DataRescue efforts to support and spread their impact. After wide press coverage, our efforts have led to plans to host at least seven local #DataRescue events (hackathons paired up with teach-ins, speakers, films, installations, performance events, etc). Send us an email at to tell us about #datarescue events you're planning and check back for more information and updates! 

  • We are helping with a #DataRescue event on 12/17/2016 in Toronto with our partners at the University of Toronto
  • What we learn there will feed a Philadelphia pre-inauguration event, #DataRescuePenn, on 1/13-1/14. This Philadelphia data harvest will be held in conjunction with a teach-in that consists with a panel of speakers, an installation, and LITERary EVENTS. To get involved in real time in Philadelphia, write to us at 
  • Here is a list of organizations and individuals who are hosting their own #DataRescue events. If you know of any other #DataRescue events, please contact 

In the news

"Researchers Are Preparing for Trump to Delete Government Science From the Web," by Jason Koebler, December 13, 2016, Vice

"Scientists frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump," by Brady Dennis, December 13, 2016, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune.  

"Why I’m trying to preserve federal climate data before Trump takes office," by Eric Holthaus, December 13, 2016, Washington Post

"Toronto group wants to save science and climate change data from Trump with internet archiving" by May Warren, December 13, 2016 Metro News.

"U of T heads 'guerrilla archiving event' to preserve climate data ahead of Trump presidency," by Nicole Mortillaro, December 14, 2016, CBC News

"Copying countdown: Trump-wary scientists' plan to preserve climate data" by Weston Williams, December 14, 2016, 2016, Christian Science Monitor

"Scientists Race To Preserve Climate Change Data Before Trump Takes Office," in All Things Considered, December 14, 2016, NPR

"U of T preserving environmental websites in response to Trump presidency," by Kathleen O'Brien, December 14, 2016, University of Toronto News

"Canadians help U.S. scientists protect climate change data," December 14, 2016, CBC Radio

"Scientists scramble to secure climate data, fearing Trump purge," by Steve Benen, December 14, 2016, The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC

"‘Guerrilla archiving’: Scientists copy climate data, fearing Trump purge," by Michael Walsh, December 14, 2016, Yahoo News

"Scientists are Saving Climate Data; This Is Why it Matters," by Brian Kahn, December 14, 2016, Climate Central.

"Fearing Trump, Penn scholars move to preserve climate-change data," by Tom Avril, December 14, 2016, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Toronto 'guerrilla' archivists to help preserve US climate data," December 15, 2016, BBC

"‘Fear is palpable’ among U.S. climate scientists over Trump moves," December 15, 2016, Japan Times

"Why a ‘Guerrilla Archiving’ Project Seeks to Preserve Climate Data Before Trump Takes Office," by Goldie Blumenstyk, December 15, 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

"Par peur du gouvernement Trump, les climatologues sauvegardent frénétiquement leurs données," December 15, 2016, 20 minutes

"Get Involved: "DataRescue Events Are Being Scheduled to Preserve Climate Data," by Jolene Creighton, December 16, 2016, Futurism

"Trump chiede i nomi di chi ha lavorato sul clima. Gli scienziati: salviamo i dati," by Andrea Barolini, December 16, 2016, Lifegate

"Climat : sauvetage des données chez les scientifiques américains," by Elena Sender, December 19, 2016, Sciences et avenir

"Penn, Open Data Philly and Azavea are working to protect climate data before Trump becomes president," by Roberto Torres, December 19, 2016,

"Universities host pre-Trump archiving events to save US climate data," by Ellie Bothwell, December 22, 2016, Times Higher Education.



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