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Event: DataRescue-Twin Cities, A Local DataRefuge

Friday, February 24 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 50B
West Bank, Twin Cities Campus

The national conversation regarding the vulnerability of federally produced data is sparking a local conversation about the library’s obligation to preserve and protect external data that University of Minnesota researchers rely upon for their work.

University of Minnesota Librarians and CLA’s Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS) are investigating the most immediate needs for preserving vulnerable data. If you believe that certain data are particularly vulnerable, please take one of the following surveys so that we may collect information about needs and attempt to coordinate local preservation efforts with other like-minded institutions.

We have created a short, 4-question survey that you can use to tell us about datasets you consider vulnerable. If you have time, however, we also have a longer version with more specific questions that will allow us to structure the information.

As part of our commitment to keeping data open, accessible, and available, the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services are hosting a DataRescue Event in the Twin Cities on February 24 and 25. Join us in our efforts to capture and archive federally produced datasets to ensure they remain available.

The mission of DataRescue-Twin Cities is to preserve, promote, and protect federally produced data. These data are critical for research, policy decisions, and an informed citizenry, but their availability are particularly vulnerable to changes in government funding and administrative policy. Data that exist only on government websites have been unavailable during government shutdowns and historic data can be lost if archival practices change over time.

We are in need of researchers, tech-savvy coders, archivists, librarians, and passionate community members to help capture and archive federally produced vulnerable datasets.

If you have any questions about anything related to DataRescue-Twin Cities, please email us.

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