Guerilla Archiving Event: Saving Environmental Data from Trump
There is a Call to Action underway coming out of the Technoscience Research Unit at the University of Toronto, and happening at the Faculty of Information.
Two professors are calling on citizens to figure out if they "Care about Trump, data, or the environment?" Volunteersare invited to join in a full day of hackathon activities in preparation for the
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. This 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, 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com