Recording: Latest Lessons Learned

Laurie Allen, Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship, at Penn Libraries walks us through an overview of what our colleagues engaged in data rescue events have learned and how academic research libraries can complement those efforts.

Data rescue events are a bottom-up strategy to get as much data as we can when working with people with a wide variety of skills sets (not necessarily library-related skill sets) during a limited time-frame.

We are proposing research libraries can complement this with a top-down strategy. Librarians know how government agency data is organized, what types of information researchers need, and can target the work of downloading sets to be conducted as part of their routine work.

We are seeking a few research libraries who would be willing to commit to specific agencies and collaborating on a shared workflow as a pilot.

Join us for a Q&A webinar: 17 February

Please join the Libraries Network community for a webinar on Friday, February 17 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET for an update on the latest activities. We invite you to share your updates, and then we will gather and strive to answer questions that remain.

Recording coming soon….



Emerging Ideas for Ways Libraries Can Contribute

After the initial webinar on Monday, we heard constructive feedback and good questions raised from colleagues at a number of libraries.  The scoop: Some of us have more resources than others — and finding the best way to contribute quickly and effectively isn’t obvious. In the spirit of trying to reflect back 4 levels of data rescue efforts that we are hearing, below is an approach that strives to balance flexibility with interest/resources in a way that remains true to the principle of “systematically grounded action.”

Here’s an overview:

Overview of Ways Libraries Can Contribute



Here’s the cycle:

The cycle of work: claim, harvest, verify, register, repeat

Here are some details…

We look forward to hearing what you think. Thank you for all you are doing!










Today’s webinar: Getting Started

In case you missed it, below are some videos of our webinar today. They are broken up into 2 parts:

  1. Introduction of a proposed path & rationale for addressing some born digital federal (please check our assumptions!)
  2. Comments and long-term goals from the community

You’re invited…


We hope you can join a collaborative project that leverages the talent and energy of librarians in addressing a wicked problem: Preserving born-digital government data.

Given the successes of the #DataRefuge project to rescue climate and environmental data, librarians have started to connect, ask, act, and contemplate collective action for more types of data. Let’s figure it out together!

Join us for a 30-minute webinar to kick-off collaborations:
Monday, February 6 @ 12:15 pm ET

Recording available

To join the collaboration, fill out this form on behalf of your library or archives that is related to this US Federal Agencies Coordination spreadsheet.

Here are some background documents that led us to reach out the ARL to convene people and energy toward positive action:

Leveraging Libraries (pdf, 1/27/17)

Libraries Network Overview (pdf, 2/1/17)

Chain of Custody (github, 2/1/17)

Hope to see you online!