Guerrilla Archiving: Saving Environmental Data from Trump

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CALL TO ACTION

Care about Trump, data, or the environment? Join us for a day of hackathon activities in preparation for the Trump presidency.

This event collaborates with the Internet Archive’s End of Term 2016 project, which seeks to archive the federal online pages and data that are in danger of disappearing during the Trump administration. Our event is focused on preserving information and data from the Environmental Protection Agency, which has programs and data at high risk of being removed from online public access or even deleted. This includes climate change, water, air, and toxics programs. This project is urgent because the Trump transition team has identified the EPA and other environmental programs as priorities for the chopping block. This event is an initiative of the Environmental Data Governance Initiative and the TechnoScience Resaerch Unit.

The Internet Archive is a San Francisco-based nonprofit digital library which aims at preserving and making universally accessible knowledge. Its End of Term web archive captures and saves U.S. Government websites that are at risk of changing or disappearing altogether during government transitions. The Internet Archive has asked volunteers to help select and organize information that will be preserved before the Trump transition.

End of Term web archive: http://eotarchive.cdlib.org/2016.html

New York Times article: “Harvesting Government History, One Web Page at a Time” http://nyti.ms/2gDz5Kj

*Bring laptops, power strips,water, and snacks. Coffee and lunchtime pizza provided!*

Location: 140 St. George Street, 4th Floor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Activities:
1. Identifying endangered programs and data
2. Seeding the End of Term webcrawler with priority URLs
3. Identifying and mapping the location of inaccessible environmental databases
4. Hacking scripts to make accessible to the webcrawler hard to reach databases
5. Building a toolkit so that other groups can hold similar events

Skills needed: We need all kinds of people -- and that means you!
1. People who can locate relevant webpages for the Internet Archive’s webcrawler
2. People who can identify data targeted for deletion by the Trump transition team and the organizations they work with
3. People with knowledge of government websites and information, including the EPA
4. People with library and archive skills
5. People who are good at navigating databases
6. People interested in mapping where inaccessible data is located at the EPA
7. Hackers to figure out how to extract data and URLs from databases (in a way that Internet Archive can use)
8. People with good organization and communication skills
9. People interested in creating a toolkit for reproducing similar events

Contacts: michelle.murphy@utoronto.ca or p.keilty@utoronto.ca

Technoscience Research Unit: https://technoscienceunit.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/guerrilla-archiving-event-saving-environmental-data-from-trump/

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University of Toronto Faculty of Information
140 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

Technoscience Salon and Research Unit Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 30/05/2017 16:17
Calling Guerilla Archivers, You helped us kickstart grassroots archiving at what would become over 30 events across the US and Canada, leading to the most comprehensive End of Term harvest by the Internet Archive. We're still working--help us work on our tools for comparing changes on government web pages at the Mozilla Global Sprint this Thursday, June 1-2, 2017. We will be at Toronto Mozilla Offices and you can join remotely from anywhere! All backgrounds are welcome, current skills in demand include: - Documentation - Design & UI - Python or Ruby https://mozilla.github.io/global-sprint/register/ https://github.com/mozilla/global-sprint/issues/102 Join us on Slack to help us archive: https://archivers.slack.com/ https://envirodatagov.org/archiving
https://mozilla.github.io/global-sprint/register/

Technoscience Salon and Research Unit Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/02/2017 21:45
Excited to be posting an update on what has happened since this event. The Toronto Guerrilla Archiving event, and the tools built here, became part of the data archiving toolkit (creative commons and open access, of course!) of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, a collaborative network responding to the Trump administrations stances on environmental and climate science and regulation. This toolkit, and the coding community that began at Civic Tech TO, has grown, and there has since been many events held across the united states. Data and websites are archived either at the Internet Archive or in the DataRefuge Repository at Penn University, and in the near future the datasets will be housed in multiple open access repositories. So the work done at this first event in Toronto, and that many of you contributed to, did help to build a large grassroots movement that has seen the participation of thousands of people! The Technoscience Research Unit remains involved in EDGI's work, particularly on the technical and coding side. The coding community has migrated from the Civic Tech TO slack to an archivers slack. If you have skills and would like to assist in the ongoing work of collecting uncrawlable datasets, the EGDI github project overview is the place to start! Please review our Contributor Guidelines and Code of Conduct and jump on the #dev channel in archivers.slack.com, where anyone can request an invite. We also continue to hold a breakout session every Tuesday night at Civic Tech TO. Check out the EDGI webiste to learn more about what has happened since our event! https://envirodatagov.org/
Technoscience Salon and Research Unit
-- 28/02/2017 21:45
https://envirodatagov.org
Penelope Ironstone
-- 28/02/2017 21:45
This is so fantastic! So very well done!

Nick Shapiro Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 05/01/2017 19:47
Hi everyone! Thanks for your ongoing support for this ongoing archival work! Much more work needs to be done and we are running a crowdfunding campaign to try to raise funds to make this a strong continuing effort. please consider donating! donations are tax deductible in the US
https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/protect-public-environmental-data-and-research/

Felicia Pulo Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/01/2017 15:32
This is late but I just heard about it from CBC, I'm from the McGill Information Studies department not U of T, but great work on this idea. This is super inspiring to us who are future information professionals learning about what good we can do for the world with our skills.

豪豪 Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/01/2017 06:03
Hey how can I help? Got plenty of storage...
Technoscience Salon and Research Unit
-- 27/01/2017 06:03
Hi. If you have storage, you might want to connect up with climate mirror. http://climatemirror.org/

Elizabeth Dumm Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 25/01/2017 17:47
Did this happen and how did it go? You guys are awesome! We've all heard about how all that information did in fact disappear quickly upon the inauguration. I have groups of people that would like to know what happened with this and how to access the information now if it is available!
Technoscience Salon and Research Unit
-- 25/01/2017 17:47
Hi Elizabeth -- this event ended up sparking a grassroot movement of events. I will post an update above.

Phoenix Bartlett Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 14/01/2017 17:55
Hello, I saw the article, was wondering if there's anything remotely folks can do to help with this
Technoscience Salon and Research Unit
-- 14/01/2017 17:55
HI Pheonix. If you are a tech or coding person, there is a remote coding community to join. Let us know if that is approporiate. Thanks for reaching out.

Technoscience Salon and Research Unit Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 02/01/2017 05:49
The Environmental Projection Agency is now the best preserved government agency at the Internet Archive's End of Term project! Thank you to everyone who shared their time and labor at Guerrilla Archiving! All EPA vulnerable programs identified, as well as any datasets inventoried that are downloadable in any form, have been seeded to the web crawler. This is in addition to the many EPA URLs directly seeded at the event. Thank you Everyone! People are still working on getting more document collections saved, as well as harder to reach datasets, so stay tuned! https://twitter.com/EnviroDGI/status/815785814537932801
Shasta Willson
-- 02/01/2017 05:49
What can those of us not near you do? (i.e. Seattle, etc...)

Technoscience Salon and Research Unit Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 30/12/2016 18:06
The Data Event Toolkit is now live on the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) website: https://envirodatagov.org/event-toolkit/
https://envirodatagov.org/event-toolkit/

Patrick Keilty Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/12/2016 21:05
http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2016/12/26/op-ed-dnr-censors-all-climate-change-info/
http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2016/12/26/op-ed-dnr-censors-all-climate-change-info/
Brianna Hersey
-- 27/12/2016 21:05
Oh my. Here it is.

Andrew Leung Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/12/2016 14:30
Any chance this event will run once more in the new year before he takes office?
Renée Stephen
-- 20/12/2016 14:30
I too am interested in participating and spreading the word, but heard about this too late. Would love to know if there's a list online of efforts still needed that we can sign up for or circulate.

Tori Lion Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/12/2016 00:44
I'm thinking that this should definitely be archived:
https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/

Matt Schuman Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/12/2016 14:35
If you are driving and parking, here is the list of parking lots at UofT http://map.utoronto.ca/access/parking-lots. 107 St. George St. is across from our location at 140 St. George.
http://map.utoronto.ca/access/parking-lots

Technoscience Salon and Research Unit Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/12/2016 20:25
For those of you interested in continuing to seed the Internet Archive's End of Term webcrawler with additional URLs to vulnerable websites or documents, please visit http://eotarchive.cdlib.org/2016.html If you're interested in the broader network of initiatives from which the "Guerrilla Archiving" event emerged, or if you would like to contribute to the grass-roots effort financially or otherwise, please visit the newly formed Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI): https://www.envirodatagov.org/ The next follow-up event will take place in Philadelphia on January 13. Learn more here: http://www.ppehlab.org/datarefuge/
https://www.envirodatagov.org/

Technoscience Salon and Research Unit Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/12/2016 17:36
Thank you to everyone who came out on a snowing weekend day to share their skills and time with the Guerrilla Archiving Event. With your help, the event seeded 3142 URLs to the End of Term project of the Internet Archive, including 192 vulnerable programs and datasets. We built crucial parts of our tool kit for future Archive-a-thon and Data Refuge events, and our portal for disseminating the tool kit and organizing future events in other communities will be coming online in the next few weeks. The wonderful coding community, with the support of Civic Tech TO, created 8 tools and scripts for this project. The Faculty of Information provided crucial space and support, and we thank them profusely. Around 150 people came out, and we sadly ran out of coffee and pizza. The Technoscience Research Unit will continue its work with the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, and we plan to convene more opportunities to contribute and collaborate in the new year. Amazing work everyone! https://www.envirodatagov.org
Eric Bobby
-- 19/12/2016 17:36
Great job!! When will this work be shared with the public?
Tori Lion
-- 19/12/2016 17:36
I loved helping out with this amazing project, and I look forward to future updates and opportunities to volunteer! Huge thanks to all of the organizers.
Sean Pollock
-- 19/12/2016 17:36
Yeah, awesome event. Everyone came out of the gates running. 👌
Kevin Corado
-- 19/12/2016 17:36
Let us know if there's more events to come!
Reuben Rosales
-- 19/12/2016 17:36
We, Our Red Nation People's are Grateful for Your Diligence, as We Watch from All Lands of this Accountability .. Tchi-he'n'e In-d'eh.....

Chris Rider Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/12/2016 17:17
How can technical-able people remotely help?
Shawn Foreman
-- 19/12/2016 17:17
Excellent question! I was also wondering about this.

Victoria Dobbs Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/12/2016 08:51
I found about this too late. Are volunteers still required? How can they get involved?

Pat N Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 18/12/2016 08:07
Will data be published as a Torrent archive as well?
Technoscience Salon and Research Unit
-- 18/12/2016 08:07
Currently the data is either available through the way back machine of the Internet Archive and through the Datarefuge repository https://www.datarefuge.org/

Victoria Maffini Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/12/2016 23:34
thank you <3

John Gilinsky Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/12/2016 18:08
Reliabilities,verifiabilities of data and data archiving along with if not embedded overtly in credibilities of whatever you do processes and final products that you hope the 'public' will see/access/use is critical as you should all keep in mind those who will criticize, condemn, ignore/dismiss, claim biases etc....your efforts. I know that with a large group of diverse people many if not most of whom are strangers to one another it is difficult to establish effective working guidelines that are generally adhered to let alone maintained. However if the primary organizers, mentors, coaches and "experts" act according to the above you will have more than accomplished achieving your goals or be on an excellent condition road to achieving such goals. Best wishes [ unfortunately my own research precluded me from attending today(it goes TOO well!):)! ]

Ates Goral Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/12/2016 14:29
What's the best place to park?
Matt Schuman
-- 17/12/2016 14:29
there is a parking lot under the business school on St. George St. directly across the street.

Lyndsey Maiden Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/12/2016 08:45
Can we help overseas?

Charlie Croizet Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/12/2016 02:47
Would you have any need for novice volunteers tomorrow?

Technoscience Salon and Research Unit Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 17/12/2016 01:27
Hello Everyone! We’re excited to see you at the Guerrilla Archiving Event tomorrow, Saturday Dec. 17! Looks like we’ll have a terrific turnout, and hopefully make a lot of progress. Doors opens at 9:00AM and the event will start right at 10:00. Please try to arrive a few minutes early as there is a wireless-network registration procedure, which will be something of a bottleneck at the start. Please bring a laptop with the Chrome Browser installed. We will be using a browser extension that will make your life much easier. Please also bring a water bottle if you get thirsty, and a power strip if you can do so easily. Schedule The approximate plan for the day is as follows: 10:30: morning/ orientation 10:30-11:00: self- organizing of stations. Delegating subtasks, deciding workflow, clarifying goals, organizing documenting process 11:00-1:00: doing the task 1:00: pizza, and reflection how task is going. 1:30-1:45: decide any changes to protocol/workflow/organization at station. 1:45-3:00: working time 2:00– check in on docs for toolkit 3-4:00: stations make toolkit contributions 4:00 check out process 4:15-5:00: debrief of facilitators Further Actions For the Adventurous: Feel free to download the Nomination Tool Chrome Extension. We are working on getting it finished up and in the Chrome Store, but you can try it out before the event if you like. Hello Everyone! We’re excited to see you at the Guerilla Archiving Event tomorrow, Saturday Dec. 17! Looks like we’ll have a terrific turnout, and hopefully make a lot of progress. The library opens at 9:00AM and the event will start right at 10:00. Please try to arrive a few minutes early as there is an unfortunate wireless-network registration procedure, which will be something of a bottleneck at the start. Please bring a laptop with the Chrome Browser installed. We will be using a browser extension that will make your life much easier. Please also bring a water bottle if you get thirsty, and a power strip if you can do so easily. Schedule The approximate plan for the day is as follows: 10:30: morning/ orientation 10:30-11:00: self- organizing of stations. Delegating subtasks, deciding workflow, clarifying goals, organizing documenting process 11:00-1:00: doing the task 1:00: pizza, and reflection how task is going. 1:30-1:45: decide any changes to protocol/workflow/organization at station. 1:45-3:00: working time 2:00– check in on docs for toolkit 3-4:00: stations make toolkit contributions 4:00 check out process 4:15-5:00: debrief of facilitators Further Resources For the Adventurous: Feel free to download the Nomination Tool Chrome Extension. We are working on getting it finished up and in the Chrome Store, but you can try it out before the event if you like. For the Techies: If you expect to be coding or otherwise involved in the technical side of events, please feel free to look at the Tech Toolkit for the event. Thanks for joining us, and we look forward to meeting you!
https://github.com/CivicTechTO/presidential-harvest-nomination-tool
Pedro Miguel Pereyra Becker
-- 17/12/2016 01:27
1) I won't be able to make it (my car was hit just today) can I contribute downloading from my end? 2) How is the data going to accessible once its dowloaded at your end? 3) any plans to backup NASA and USGS climate data and publications ?

Bruce Jones Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 16/12/2016 19:17
https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/
https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/
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