Feb 18th, MIT Walker Memorial (Building 50), 8:30am-5pm

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Getting Started

When you arrive at the venue, enter through the main entrance on Memorial Drive, and check in at the front desk. Breakfast and coffee will be waiting for you once you've checked in!

The attendee packet has a comprehensive overview of the event and all of the resources you'll need to participate! Join the Slack Team to talk to the organizers, volunteers, and other attendees.

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Wifi Access

  • MIT GUEST Wireless connections for guests and visitors of MIT.
  • MIT SECURE The preferred wireless networks for members of the entire MIT community.
  • eduroam  Click here to check if your institution is a member of the eduroam network.

Questions or comments? Contact the organizers at datarescue@mit.edu

Getting to the Event

Parking and Transportation

We recommend taking public transit to the event:

The closest T-stop is Kendall Square on the Red Line. It is about a six-minute walk from the T to Walker Memorial

Parking near Walker Memorial is very limited:


  • There are a small number of metered accessible parking spots at the intersection of Amherst and Ames, right by Walker

  • MIT Accessibility Map

Venue Map


  • 8:30-9:00am

    Check-in and Breakfast

  • 9:00-9:20am

    Opening remarks and introductions

  • 9:20-9:30am

    Split off into tracks (see attendee info packet)

  • 9:30am

    Track-specific orientation

  • 10:00am

    Start working!

  • 12:00pm


  • 12:30pm

    Afternoon announcements & breakout session for interested developers

  • 3:30pm


  • 4:15pm

    Closing statements

  • 4:30pm

    End of event

  • 5:00pm

    Drinks at The Mead Hall (directions)

About the event

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, MIT Libraries, and EDGI.

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

This event is part of a larger DataRescue Boston movement, which includes events and collaborators at Harvard, Tufts, and Northeastern, which is in turn part of a larger national DataRescue movement organized by EDGI and UPenn's Program in the Environmental Humanities.

Code of Conduct

DataRescue Boston is a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion or technical skill level. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from events and online forums. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the organizing team immediately.

Organizers will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your participation!

This document is based on a similar code from Civic Tech Toronto, itself derived from the Recurse Center’s Social Rules, and the anti-harassment policy from the Geek Feminism Wiki. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Organizers & Sponsors

This event is made possible thanks to the hard work of our organizers and the generosity of our sponsors.