Scientists To The Data Refuge/Rescue
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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As a result of posting our previous post on “EPA Chief Edward Scott Pruitt Is Under Multiple Investigations“, I found out about a project, Data Refuge, from the video below:
Let’s see what wikipedia has to say about Data Refuge, in italics, below:
A Data Refuge is a public and collaborative project designed to address concerns about federal climate and environmental data that is in danger of being lost or not being easily accessible. In particular, the initiative addresses five main concerns:
- What are the best ways to safeguard data?
- How do federal agencies play a crucial role in collecting, managing, and distributing data?
- How do government priorities impact data’s accessibility?
- Which projects and research fields depend on federal data?
- And, Which data sets are of value to research and local communities, and why?
Data Refuge was initiated in 2016 in Philadelphia to protect federal climate and environmental data that is vulnerable under an administration that denies climate change. The system aims to make public research-quality copies of federal climate and environmental data. Data Refuge is supported by the National Geographic Foundation, private donors, Libraries+ Network, Preservation of Electronic Goverment Information initiative (PEGI), the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH).
Types of Data
The data are stored in multiple trusted locations as they are less vulnerable if in only one location, and to ensure accessibility for researchers. Through the Data Rescue events, Data Refuge has accumulated 4 terabytes of data, 30,000 URLs, and 800 participants.
Data Refuge collects stories on vulnerable federal climate and environmental data through: surveys, oral history, photo essays, maps, video shorts, and animations. The stories are archived in a public bank that showcase how federal environmental data support health and safety in communities. Data Stories are collected at Data Rescue events, which are partnered with universities, city and town halls, and advocacy groups.
Data stories are collected and used to emphasize the importance of Data Refuge, in how the data on climate change and the environment are being used by people in the United States and across the world for meaningful practices.
Data Refuge Latest Updates
Data Storytelling events will be taking place in the United States and at National Geographic’s headquarters, located in Washington, D.C., in Spring 2019.
Thank goodness for these conscientious scientists!
In terms of data, I’d like to cheer you up by sharing some of the data presented by Tony Seba, below:
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