[Neasis-l] DataRescue Boston at MIT

Catherine Dixon catherineannedixon at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 10:53:27 EST 2017

Anyone going to this?


*DataRescue Boston at MIT*
Saturday February 18, 2017
8:30 am to 5 pm
MIT Building 37-252
70 Vassar Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


Register for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/datarescue-boston-at-

DataRescue at MIT is a hackathon focused on identifying, downloading,
processing, and mirroring federal research data at risk of being taken down
or obscured by the current administration. The event is being hosted by MIT
ACSES <https://www.facebook.com/MITACSES/>, MIT Libraries
<https://www.facebook.com/mitlib/>, and The Environmental Data & Governance
Initiative -EDGI <https://www.facebook.com/EnviroDGI/>, with support from MIT
Graduate Student Council - GSC <https://www.facebook.com/MITgsc/> and MIT
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

This event is part of a larger DataRescue Boston movement http://datarescue-
which includes events and collaborators at Harvard, Tufts, and
Northeastern, which is in turn part of a larger national DataRescue
movement organized by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative and Penn
Program in the Environmental Humanities <https://www.facebook.com/ppehlab/>.

People with all levels of technical background are welcome! There will be a
wide array of tasks including:
-Browsing websites to identify data sets
-Developing scripts and tools to scrape data
-Processing and verifying data integrity
-Uploading data to mirrors
-Visualizing and documenting our efforts

We will also need volunteers to help run the event! In particular, we need
people who have experience in scraping data, working with and ensuring the
integrity of large data sets, and/or are comfortable leading groups.
Sign up to volunteer: https://goo.gl/forms/MobRBKNDYeA4hIuG3
(Volunteers should still register for a ticket)

Finally, we'll be expanding the #DataRescue
<https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/datarescue> efforts to also include
non-environmental data. If you, or your community relies on
government-published information such as data, publications, and/or web
pages, we urge you to nominate important resources that should be mirrored
via this form:

And if you can't go, there are other DataRescue events:

"Many people have asked about joining remotely or DataRescue events outside
of Boston. We are planning on publishing resources after the event on how
to continue contributing to the effort remotely.

Additionally, DataRescue events are being planned across the country; See
if there's one already scheduled in your area: http://www.ppehlab.org/
datarescue-events (list is frequently being updated as more events are

Finally, join our facebook grouphttps://www.facebook.com/
groups/datarescueboston/ to connect with other Boston DataRescuers and
learn about more ways to contribute to the efforts beyond the events."
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