DataRescue SF Bay

Feb 11 2017 at UC Berkeley

#DataRescueSFBay is an opportunity for programmers, scientists, archivists, activists, and volunteers of all kinds to identify, back-up, and help preserve publicly accessible federal data resources in the public interest, in the event they are removed from public view and use.

Join us for a day of civic technology and citizen archiving, at a time when scientific research in the public interest is increasingly at risk.

Note that registration is now closed for the Feb 11th event (Brochure), as we are at capacity. We are so thrilled to see so much interest in this event and are looking at planning future events in the Bay Area soon. Please follow us on social media or subscribe to our mailing list (below) for more info.


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The U.S. federal government hosts a multitide of different scientific datasets, mainly through executive branch agencies like the EPA, NASA, NOAA, the Department of Energy, and the Department of the Interior. Recently, many in the federal government at a variety of levels have communicated their antagonism toward the scientists, researchers, and civil servants who study and inform the public about a wide variety of topics. The federal government has already moved to expunge information related to climate change from whitehouse.gov and introduced legislation to abolish the EPA. We seek to protect vital public scientific and data resources from suppression by archiving them in multiple, redundant repositories so they may be accessed and reused after potentially disappearing.

This video from Vice News gives a great overview of the DataRescue effort:

Stay tuned for info on specific data sources we’ll be targeting. And please get in touch if you’re familiar with any vulnerable data sources.



We will be working 9AM-5PM on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

09:00Doors open, introductionBIDS
09:30Morning workBIDS and I-School
1:30Afternoon workBIDS and I-School
5:00Celebrating progressThe Daily Pint


The main location is the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, inside Doe Memorial Library on UC Berkeley campus. We will also be using some classrooms next door in South Hall at the UC-Berkeley School of Information.

It is easiest to enter through the north entrance of Doe, on Memorial Glade. BIDS will be immediately to your left, in room 190. If you need step-free access, please enter on the south side of Doe, behind Wheeler Hall and South Hall. A map can be found here.


Code of Conduct

Welcome everyone! Please read this Code of Conduct, and if you have any questions, ask an event organizer!

This is a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion or technical skill level. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from events and online forums. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the organizing team immediately.

Organizers will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your participation!

This document is based on a similar code from Civic Tech Toronto, itself derived from the Recurse Center’s Social Rules, and the anti-harassment policy from the Geek Feminism Wiki. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


DataRescue SF Bay 2017 is part of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), in partnership with the DataRefuge project and the End of Term Presidential Harvest from the Internet Archive. We are grateful to Berkeley Institute for Data Science and the UC Berkeley School of Information for providing space.

The people helping organize this event include (in alphabetical order):

Outside the SF Bay Area? Check here and here for sister events in your area.

Want to volunteer, sponsor the event, or host a parallel event elsewhere in the Bay? We’d love to hear from you!

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A huge thank you to all of the amazing donors that made this possible!!