I haven’t had time to write about #datarefuge yet, in part because people a lot closer to the matter have been doing so, and much better than I could at the moment. An entire movement has arisen around scientific data being 451'd because it’s politically inconvenient, and not many of us know if it’s being erased or just shut down. We also don’t know for certain if it’s being copied elsewhere for safekeeping so we’re doing it ourselves. To do my part, I’ve been communicating with some of the organizers and having Leandra suck down data as fast as my home link will permit to store it on her RAID array. But, the important thing:

On 11 February 2017, the Datarescue SF Bay event will held at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science from 0900 PST until 1500 PST. That day, everybody at the event will identify data sets at risk of vanishing, work out how to best mirror them, and download them as fast as possible so they can be archived elsewhere. Bring your drives, bring your boxen, and get ready to burn up bandwidth.

It’s also worth noting that the climatological data that I helped work on a couple of jobs ago has vanished from the Net already. That kinda pisses me off.

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