The University of Pennsylvania Program in the Environmental Humanities, along with many partners, coordinated an effort that identifies, assesses, prioritizes, secures, and distributes reliable copies of federal climate and environmental data so that it remains available to researchers. This collection of events and efforts, called Data Refuge, stores data in multiple, trusted locations to ensure that this data remains accessible.
How Azaveans Helped
Azavea was involved with Data Refuge throughout the life of the project, to-date. Our staff helped as a consultant during the planning stages of the project, in promotion of the project and events, and as a technical resource during the planning stages and during the event.
One of our staff members, Robin Schaufler, was a Guide during the Saturday event, who attended the guide training session on Friday, 1/13 afternoon.
Dan Ford helped to coordinate marketing efforts and storytelling about the events.
“Overall, my experience was that Laurie Allen and the Penn library staff, and Bethany Wiggin and the PPEH fellows (along with the help of many others) created an organized and productive event on a very tight timeline – the quality of which will carry the success of this event to the other cities that have already agreed to participate,” Dan recalled about the January event.
Dan also commented that “[his] hope is that the contributions from Azavea staff helped to facilitate a smooth experience for participants and that vulnerable data will be preserved for future open use by researchers and the public, alike.”
How Can You Help?
These efforts are on-going!
What you can do: