Data Rescue Houston (March 4)


I invite you to help save federal datasets at risk of being removed from the public web. Please get in touch if you are interested in assisting with the event.


Data Rescue Houston

Help save government data at risk of being removed from the public web!

What: Data Rescue Houston aims to identify, download, and h elp pre serve federal data resources, ensuring long-term accessibility of data to the public.

Together we can protect public access to data critical for research and democracy. Likely tasks include:

  • Exploring websites to identify data sets
  • Developing and implementing scripts and tools to scrape data
  • Verifying data integrity
  • Uploading data
  • Documenting our work through video, social media and storytelling

Who: We welcome participants with a range of backgrounds, including programmers, librarians, scientists, students, storytellers, archivists, technologists, and other volunteers.

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (You don’t need to stay for the whole event.)

Where: Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library, Rice University

What to bring: Laptop, power cable and a reusable water bottle. We’ll provide food, coffee, and camaraderie.

Please RSVP at by Wednesday, March 1.

Data Rescue Houston is part of the Data Refuge Project and is affiliated with the Libraries Network. Sponsors include Fondren Library, Rice’s Office of Information Technology, Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (K2I), Center for Civic Leadership, University of Houston Libraries, and Sketch City.

***** Lisa Spiro, Ph.D. Executive Director of Digital Scholarship Services, Fondren Library

Lecturer, Humanities

Rice Research Data Management Team

Rice Digital Humanities group

Rice University

713-348-2480 @lisaspiro