I publish a weekly listing of Energy (and Other) Events around Cambridge, MA as a listserv and a webpage (http://hubevents.blogspot.com) and came across this event, a hackathon to rescue Federal information in danger of being disappeared by Trmp and company. Thought it might be of interest to this community, especially as I include a link to their ongoing efforts.
DataRescue Boston at MIT
Saturday, February 18
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST
MIT, Building 50, Walker Memorial, 142 Memorial Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/datarescue-boston-at-mit-registration-31647096317
NOTE: The location of the event has moved to MIT Walker Memorial (Building 50) to accomodate more attendees!
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 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 the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative and UPenn’s Program in the Environmental Humanities.
People with all levels of technical background are welcome! There’s 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
Event attendance will be capped at 260 attendees, and we will admit everyone who has registered for a ticket (regular or overflow). However, once all tickets have sold out, we will not be admitting any additional attendees.
To learn about how to continue contributing after the event, check out the DataRescue Boston website (https://datarescue-boston.github.io), where we’ll be posting guides and tools on how to stay involved.