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Urgent! Meeting on #vulnerabledata, #datarefuge, and #hackathon

  • Kislak Center, Room 625 (map)

This Wednesday, 12/7, at 12 noon in Penn Libraries, 6th Floor, in the Kislak Center, room 625, we will meet to explore and coordinate efforts by Penn and beyond to protect climate and environmental data now especially vulnerable to the incoming federal administration’s denial of climate change and other facts.

At Wednesday’s noon meeting, led by the Fellows organizing possible responses (Kevin Burke, Billy Fleming, Patricia Kim), we want to continue these conversations and to hear from YOU. And, we will present nascent plans to form groups who can work starting immediately,

  • to organize a two-day hackathon on Penn’s campus in coordination with similar events in other places
  • to generate lists of vulnerable data
  • to coordinate events on campus with events further afield
  • to create some communication hubs  
  • to develop strategies to conserve data in the shorter term including necessary meta-data
  • to envision a sustainable data management plan over a longer time horizon

Since Environmental Humanities Program Fellows began, five days ago, to consider how to respond to climate (and other kinds of) data’s new precarity, we have received remarkable expressions of support to develop collaborative efforts--from offices and people on campus: the SAS Dean’s Office, the Director of Penn Libraries, the SAS Science Outreach Initiative, as well as a number of faculty, staff and students from SAS, Annenberg, Design, the Libraries, and more.We have also received offers of support, advice, and requests to collaborate through networks for scientists and policy makers, for education specialists and for environmental advocates. We’ve consulted with with End of Term Harvest (as discussed in this recent NYT article),  the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and others. Several businesses have offered free advice and support.