Thursday, 25 July 2013

CODATA Data-at-Risk Inventory

Are you interested in saving scientific data?

CODATA is inviting contributions to to an inventory of descriptions of (1) scientific data at-risk of permanent loss, and (2) descriptions of data rescue projects.

What is the Data-at-Risk Inventory?

The Data-at-Risk Inventory (DARI) is an ongoing project of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) Data at Risk Task Group (DARTG) to create a catalog of scientific data that are at risk of being lost. DARI is a descriptive inventory of endangered data that are held by others, and an inventory of data rescue projects; it is not a repository for data. DARI is an implementation of DARTG’s recognition that long-term observational scientific research depends on historical records.

What you can do to help:

DARI is looking for librarians, archivists, information custodians, data managers, scientists, researchers, and others who know of scientific data that could be at-risk, and are willing to contribute a description of that data to the inventory. We have also begun to document data rescue projects, and we are seeking descriptions of any known effort to preserve or rescue at-risk data.

How to contribute to the inventory:
  1. Click on this link:
  2. From the drop-down menu, select either "Data at Risk Inventory" or "Data Rescue Projects"
  3. A form will appear into which you may enter information about at-risk data or about a rescue effort
  4. Click on “Submit”

After the form is submitted, the DARI team will review it before it is made available to the web. 

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