DataRescue Philly

January 13-14, 2017

University of Pennsylvania Libraries
3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA

See below for schedule of events

DataRescue Philly was a huge success. Together we identified 3,692 seeds from NOAA websites to fed to the End of Term Harvest and bagged 17 datasets, about 15 GB of data, that will be described and made available via the DataRefuge repository. Biggest and warmest of thank yous to all our speakers, guests, and volunteers. We couldn't build DataRefuge without you!

Schedule of Public Events

January 13th

  • Date/um Opens (ambulatory for the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street). This mobile archive-as-mobile-installation will be open until February 12th.  Date/um explores the problem of data, and the date as one kind of datum, exploring the often incommensurable kinds of data given and taken along the tidal Schuylkill River. 
  • 12-1:30pm Teach-In on DataRefuge and Environmental Justice (Class of '55 Room, Second Floor of Van Pelt Library) This conversation, called "Humanizing Data: Climate and Environmental Data and Environmental Justice," will be facilitated by Britt Dahlberg (Director, Center for Applied History at the Chemical Heritage Foundation), Peter DeCarlo (Assistant Professor, Chemistry; Drexel University), Etienne Benson (Assistant Professor, History and Sociology of Science; Penn) and Kimberly Thomas (Post-Doc Teaching Fellow, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Humanities Forum; Penn). This is the first teach-in in Philadelphia Resistance Meeting Series throughout the spring semester. 
  • 1:30-4pm DataRescue Guide Training (Class of '55 Room, Second Floor of Van Pelt Library) Refuge Guides will lead working groups for the creative code-a-thon on the 14th. Working groups will concentrate on jobs ranging from feeding www.datarefuge.org; to seeding the End of Term Harvest, both with individual urls and in bulk; to writing about the data refuge project; to social media; to still other public engagement projects connected to Data Refuge. Learn more about the event and tasks that need to be accomplished (and get a spiffy Refuge Guide t-shirt). Please RSVP if you can volunteer.     
  • 4-5:45pm  Roundtable on DataRefuge Value and Vulnerability (Class of 1978 Pavilion, The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, 6th Floor Van Pelt Library). 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), and Sarah Wu (Deputy Director for Planning, Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia); moderated by Bethany Wiggin (Founding Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities; Associate Professor of German, UPenn).  This event will be videorecorded.  
  • 5:30-6:30pm Reception (The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, 6th Floor Van Pelt Library) Beverages and light bites.  

January 14th 

  • 10am-5pm DataRescue A Creative Coding and Archive-a-thon (The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, 6th Floor Van Pelt Library) There will be activities for people with all skill levels, including seeding the End of Term Harvest Project, downloading, describing, and uploading datasets, and creating new tools to make web scraping and archiving for this project easier. We will be providing breakfast, coffee throughout the day, and a pizza lunch.  
    Please come for the whole thing or times that work for you! Lunch and Coffee will be provided. Cool buttons too. Please bring:
    • Your computer and charger
    • Snacks
    • Energy and Excitement
  • 2:00-3:00pm Date/um A Special Walk-Through of the Installation led by Lead Curator, Patricia Kim (ambulatory for the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street) Join the artists, scientists, scholars, activists, and community members whose work makes Date/um and points the way toward collaborative and just archives for environmental and climate data. 

 

  • 3:00-4:00pm Reception for Contributors to Date/um (The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, 6th Floor Van Pelt Library) Invited guests will walk together from the Date/um walk-through to the Data Refuge creative code-a-thon in Van Pelt Library.