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  • DataRescue MIT Recap

    Thanks to everyone for attending and contributing to DataRescue at MIT this past weekend!

    We seeded and harvested a lot of websites

    Our work covered websites and data sets in DOE, EPA, NASA, DOI, and NOAA:

    • ~80,000 URLs seeded
      • 3300 at the event
      • Over 76,000 from attendees who contacted us after the event
    • 200 Data set URLs researched
    • 53 Data sets harvested (35 GiB data)

    This work helps us ensure that climate data is comprehensively collected, mirrored, and accessible to everyone.

    We expanded the DataRescue efforts beyond climate data

    We piloted the Surveying track to expand the DataRescue efforts to cover non-environmental data. Our surveying team was able to write and additional 5 Main Agency Primers and 16 Sub-Agency Primers covering:

    • Department of Justice
    • Department of Labor
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • Federal Communications Commission

    Writing primers is the first step in the DataRescue process, and the work done by the surveyors at our event allows us to begin rescuing important non-climate-related data!

    We collected data stories

    We wanted to learn about our diverse set of attendees: why they came to the event, why was data important to them, what were they concerned about, what do they want to see happen?

    Our storytelling team compiled a set of in-depth profiles covering the following data sets and the people who rely on them:

    • National Water Information System (USGS)
    • Alternative Fuels Data Center (DOE)
    • Global Historical Climate Network (NOAA)

    We will be publishing these profiles in the coming weeks; we hope that they help illuminate how these data sets are used to better understand our world and make decisions that impact our everyday lives.

    Moving forward:

    We were astounded by the unique combination of technical talent, domain-specific expertise, and dedicated motivation of the DataRescue Boston community. We want to ensure that this community's experience and interests are represented in the DataRescue movement.

    As a part of the event, we had a breakout session with attendees, organizers, and members of EDGI responsible for coordinating the national DataRescue movement on how to improve DataRescue efforts and tools, what are the main goals and priorities of the movement, and what are the best ways to accomplish those? These discussions are ongoing, and we want you to be a part of them moving forward. To get involved:

    Attend our weekly meetings

    Join our facebook group

    Join our mailing list

    We want to thank everyone who made this event possible: all of the organizers, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees. The next DataRescue Boston event will be at Northeastern, on March 24th. We'll see you soon!

  • New Venue for DataRescue Boston at MIT!

    DataRescue Boston at MIT event will now be held in Walker Memorial (MIT Building 50) 142 Memorial St, Cambridge, MA 02139. The amount of interest far exceeded our initial estimates, and we quickly outgrew our previous location. Fortunately, we were able to secure a new venue for the event!

    This leads us to our second announcement: Overflow ticket holders will now be guaranteed admittance! Moving to the new venue has allowed us to host more people, so we are now able to honor all ticket holders: both regular registration and overflow registration.

    However, to make sure everyone has a comfortable experience at the event, we are capping total registration to 260 attendees. This means once the tickets are sold out, we unfortunately cannot accept any additional unregistered attendees.

    We are extremely excited for this event, and cannot wait to see you all next weekend! Registered attendees will be receiving an email later this week with information on what to bring/install beforehand.

  • DataRescuers Boston Working Group

    We’ll be hosting a weekly DataRescuers meeting at MIT Building 5-233 on Thursdays, 5-8pm for people to drop in and work on DataRescue efforts beyond the big events.

    People will be seeding/sorting, harvesting data sets, developing tools, documenting efforts, researching new departments to rescue, organizing future events, and just hanging with other DataRescuers. Stop by and say hi!

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