Tuesday, May 30, 2017

DataRescue @RTP

Please help us save federal housing and education data at risk of disappearing under the current administration! Join us for
DataRescue RTP
June 10 & 11, 2017 10:00am-2:00pm | National Humanities Center

Organized by DataRescue Chapel Hill and the National Humanities Center, DataRescue RTP aims to preserve online government data related to housing and education programs. We are focusing on datasets identified as being at high risk for removal from online public access. While the Internet Archive has preserved copies of many government websites, it is unable to archive websites, it is unable to preserve the datasets. The datasets in particular provide researchers, journalists and every day citizens with information and data paid for by tax dollars. DataRescue events are a key piece in ensuring that these datasets are copied. The Internet Archive, DataRefuge and a consortium of research libraries hold these copies and keep them available for public access.
This event is open to volunteers from all backgrounds and technical abilities. Following a workflow developed by EDGI and the DataRefuge project, together we will archive trustworthy copies of government data. 

Who should volunteer?
We’re looking for people who are knowledgable about housing and educational research areas, data scientists, hackers, archivists, librarians, writers, web designers, people with good communication skills, and anyone else who is eager to help.

How do I sign up?
If you are interested in helping to organize, coordinate and/or volunteer for the RTP DataRescue, please sign up here. Indicate on the form what role/team you would like to volunteer for at the event. Descriptions of teams and roles can be found on the registration form and on the event website

If you have any further questions, email Sangeeta Desai at DataRescueRTP@gmail.com. 
 What should I bring?A laptop and a charger. Lunch will be provided by the National Humanities Center.
Where do I go?
The National Humanities Center is located at 7 T.W. Alexander Drive in Research Triangle Park. A map and directions are available here.

Please feel free to circulate this announcement widely.