IG Data Rescue - RDA 10th Plenary meeting

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Meeting title:

Data Rescue and Data At Risk: updates and new projects

A short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group:

"Data Rescue" concerns the plight of somewhat historical data that have important potential for science and scientific research but which are not in modern electronic formats and are therefore not accessible to researchers. Its role is advisory, and can support efforts through consultation. It also acts as a watchdog in cases of imminent losses of data.

Matters of concern to Data Rescue are both pan-scientific and global in their application. With nearly 90 members, the IG represents fields whose foci range widely, and the IG endeavours to retain that breadth through its contacts and projects while also keeping close to its mandate of raising awareness of the lasting damage that science will sustain if those historical data are not rescued. 

Since P9 in April 2017, Data Rescue has formally entertained a distinct new strand for "Data At Risk", involving (mostly electronic) data which are vulnerable to total annihilation through policy decisions of management or higher. The challenge is to determine the magnitudes and reality of the risks in question, and then to suggest solutions.

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc:

The IG's home page is at https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/data-rescue.html. The Group recently published a 13-page document, "Guidelines for Data Rescue" (https://www.rd-alliance.org/guidelines-data-rescue), which attempt to explain and justify the rationale of rescuing data, outline some the the science that stands to be lost, and offer general steps to take for individual rescue efforts
Recently the journal Nature devoted its weekly full-page WorldView to Data Rescue: May 18, 2017
A book on "The Data Science Landscape", solicited by Springer International and Edited by Vice-Chair Usha Munshi, will contain a chapter on "Data Rescue".
the IG has two Revently-apponted Data-Share Fellows, one for each of the two strands of "Data Rescue".

Meeting objectives:

The meeting mus first bring the audience up to data as regards its meetings at P9 last April, and then invite discussion about some possible new projects. The latter include: 
(a) A joint project with the Global Water IG. The objective will be to ferret out nearly-lost data worldwide that have likely bearing on assessments of the many aspects of Water that can be visualized. A speaker from the GW-IG can attend.
(b) A possible collaboration with "Disaster Risk Management", not in itself an RDA IG but a UN activity that seems to be in desperate need of including data about past disasters when designing prophylactic measures in case of future ones.
(c) A possible project involving data relevant to "Polar Ice".

Meeting agenda:

1. Welcome and introduction (LW)

2. Review the two threads of this IG: Data At Risk, and Data Rescue (EG)

     (a) Steve Diggs: update on Data At Risk.  

     (b) Alia Khan: Report on Data-Share Fellow programme concerning Data Rescue (don’t forget Alia's poster)

3. Outline of two publications

    (a) Nature World View on Data Rescue, May 18, 2017

    (b)"The Data Science Landscape", a book solicited by Springer International edited by Usha Munshi.

4. Invitation for audience participation regarding issues/items on Data Rescue/Data at Risk, including those that may have arisen since P9 last April

5. Developing new practical initiatives for Data Rescue

   (a) Matthew Fry (Global Water IG): A joint program to list known but inaccessible data about Water

   (b) Alia K: Aspects of Polar Ice (5 minutes

   (c) Elizabeth G: Disaster Risk Management

  (d) Elizabeth G: Organizing Regional Workshops, and seeking associated funding

6. General discussion, wrap up, and potential topics for RDA11 in Berlin (LW)

Target audience:

Since Data Rescue touches so many individual sciences, anyone is welcome to attend as well as the IG's wide membership. One feature that can involve all the audience is how to organize a regional Workshop for Data Rescue. While many projects for rescuing data are international in nature, it also helps very considerably to bring the national participants together from time to time, in order to exchange ideas and results, and to increase the resolve that communal projects are able to enhance. Thus, looking out local efforts at rescuing data and reporting them to the meeting beforehand will be extremely useful in that respect.

Group chair serving as contact person: Elizabeth Griffin

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Session Room: Mansfield 5

Session Time:  Wednesday 20 September, Breakout 6, 15:30 - 17:00

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