The University of Michigan School of Information's Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists is organizing a "Data Rescue" citizen science event on+ 28, as part of the national Data Refuge project and the Internet Archive's End of Term Presidential Harvest. It will be held in the Shapiro Design Lab and will run from 10-6 on both days.
With every administration change, there is a loss digital content due to the lack of a comprehensive strategy for preserving digital government information. The new Presidential administration, however, presents a level of urgency to this problem, with a feeling of at best ambiguity and at worst threat to the study of specific research areas. (See the Data Refuge bibliography: http://www.ppehlab.org/dataref
ugenews for more details.) This is especially true of materials related to climate change and the environment, though other areas may also be at risk. The national Data Refuge project is an attempt to preserve these vulnerable data sets and address the larger problem of born-digital government information.
The event seeks developers, librarians, archivists, scientists, documentarians, and more to assist in the event. No technical expertise is necessary. Food and drinks will be provided, all you need to bring is a laptop, charger, and enthusiasm!
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