Data-at-Risk: Identifying, Prioritising and Preserving for future generations

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Session ID#: 26591

Session Description:
Recent multiple grassroots initiatives gained significant momentum in duplicating US government agency data. These initiatives are inspired by reports that scientific data and documentation were removed from government websites, and by concerns over US proposals slashing scientific budgets. Reports of numerous "data rescue" and "guerrilla archiving" events focused on copying Earth science data generated and held by US federal agencies. Among the largest initiatives, Data Refuge, is led by librarians and scientists. A related project, Svalbard, teamed UC3,, Internet Archive, and Code for Science for aggregating government data.

These initiatives can be better informed by development of agreed benchmarks to identify, define and communicate data-at-risk. Improved liaison with groups defining data preservation standards will improve prioritization and ensure that nationally significant datasets are properly preserved. This panel discussion will bring perspectives from Rescuers, Librarians and Repositories on successful preservation of data-at-risk in a collaborative environment.

Primary Convener:  David W Gallaher, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, CO, United States
Conveners:  Nancy A Ritchey, National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC, United States, Lynn Yarmey, Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States and Natalie Meyer, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, United States

  • ED - Education
  • PA - Public Affairs

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Sayeed Choudhury, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States
Regina Avila, National Institute of Standards and Technology Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg, MD, United States
Justin Schell, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Florence M Fetterer, National Snow and Ice Data Center, CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, United States
Margaret Janz, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Stephen C Diggs, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States
Kenneth S Casey, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, Silver Spring, MD, United States, Donald Collins, National Centers for Environmental Information, Silver Spring, United States, Jason M Cooper, National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC, United States and Nancy A Ritchey, NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information, Asheville, NC, United States