Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rescued NASA’s Earth Science Data- Thursday Feb 16, 2017

Good morning my little dancing puff pastries of deliciousness! It is Thursday and I am so revved up, I was out of commision yesterday as I was under the weather, and couldn't quite function properly. Today is here and here we are! Let's activate! Getting to work after you miss a day is always weird, as you don't know what happened and whether any changes took place while you were gone. I can only hope nobody noticed I was gone, it's always weird when you're the center of attention and questions first thing in the morning in the breakroom. All eyes on me, indeed. Okay guys are you ready? Are you ready to become a die hard coder? You are?? well let's go! Thursday. ManwasIdrunk!

Diehard Coders Just Rescued NASA’s Earth Science Data

On Saturday morning, the white stone buildings on UC Berkeley’s campus radiated with unfiltered sunshine. The sky was blue, the campanile was chiming. But instead of enjoying the beautiful day, 200 adults had willingly sardined themselves into a fluorescent-lit room in the bowels of Doe Library to rescue federal climate data.
Like similar groups across the country—in more than 20 cities—they believe that the Trump administration might want to disappear this data down a memory hole. So these hackers, scientists, and students are collecting it to save outside government servers.
But now they’re going even further. Groups like DataRefuge and the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, which organized the Berkeley hackathon to collect data from NASA’s earth sciences programs and the Department of Energy, are doing more than archiving. Diehard coders are building robust systems to monitor ongoing changes to government websites. And they’re keeping track of what’s already been removed—because yes, the pruning has already begun

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