We got mentioned in the New York Times about our work with the University of California Digital Library and the Data Refuge efforts. Read the article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/science/donald-trump-data-rescue-science.html
“It’s like dark matter; we know it must be there but we don’t know where to find it to verify,” said Maxwell Ogden, the director of Code for Science and Society, a nonprofit that began a government-data archiving project in collaboration with the research libraries in the University of California system.
“If they’re going to delete something, how will we even know it’s deleted if we didn’t know it was there?” he asked.
The obstacles have spurred debate among open-data activists over how to build an archiving system for the government’s science data that ensures that the public does not lose access to it, regardless of who is in power.
“No one would advocate for a system where the government stores all scientific data and we just trust them to give it to us,” said Laurie Allen, a digital librarian at the University of Pennsylvania who helped found Data Refuge. “We didn’t used to have that system, yet that is the system we have landed with.”