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Data Refuge 2.0

It’s been more than 100 days since we launched Data Refuge in Philadelphia in late November, 2016. Since then, we’ve been so encouraged by the work of the thousands of volunteers who have participated in over 40 local Data Rescue events. It's been a pleasure to help support these events, together with folks at Environmental Data Governance Initiative.

Data Refuge continues to grow! As we move into a new phase, we are focusing our energies in three areas:

  1. Supporting Data Rescue events that
    • help people assess valuable and vulnerable data within their communities and "rescue" those data by making trustworthy copies. These can be put into the www.datarefuge.org repository
    • work to tell the stories of data, because facts can't speak for themselves
    • continue on "the long path," i.e., design and implement sustainable efforts to support persistent preserva tion and access to federal data
  2. Collaborating with the Association of Research Libraries and Mozilla Foundation to host a meeting designed to launch Libraries Plus Network, an emergent network of collaborators intent on building sustainable structures for the incredible outpouring of volunteer labor and energy that has been so inspiring. Data Refuge is joined in this effort by a whole lot of institutions and organizations committed to working on cross-sector solutions to preserve federal data and to increase its accessibility to an array of communities. Other participants hail from libraries and archives, research communities, open data and open science organizations, federal agencies, science advocacy, etc. For more info, check out http://libraries.network.
  3. Expand our Storytelling initiative, "Three Stories in Our Town," with support announced April 20th from the National Geographic. For more information about this nascent project and how to get involved please contact director@ppehlab.org


Do you use climate data for your own work?
Fill Out Our Survey!

The survey helps us prioritize our efforts to save valuable and vulnerable data.

Know of a website that's endangered?
Check the Wayback Machine

See if it's been archived. If it's not there, add it, and fill out our survey for good measure.


Are you best at writing and/or social media?
Tell a Story

We need writers to tell stories about the importance of climate and environmental data on our everyday lives. We also need people to help us share our work on social media.  

Part of a Library System?
Get involved with the Libraries+ Network

The Libraries+ Network is an outgrowth of the DataRefuge project as we contemplate a more sustainable, systematic, and programmatic way to archive federal data

Need other ideas?

We welcome input on how to make this website better, blog submissions about the importance of web archiving, provenance, and other topics, and visualizations of our workflow (pictures speak louder than words!). If you have other ideas let us know! datarefuge@ppehlab.org

check out the work of our partners, collaborators, & allies

Climate Mirror 
a distributed effort conducted by volunteers to mirror and back up U.S. Federal Climate Data

End of Term Harvest
captures and saves U.S. Government websites at the end of presidential administrations 

Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI)
an international network of academics and non-profits building online tools, events, and research networks to archive public environmental data