At the invitation of Mr. Chris Muller of Muller Media Conversions, Dr. Rick Crouthamel and Ms. Carmen Skarlupka of IEDRO met with members of the International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science and Technology’s (CODATA) Data at Risk Task Group (DARTG) on April 19, 2012.
CODATA, an interdisciplinary scientific committee established in 1966 by the International Council for Science (ICSU), endeavors to provide quality, reliable and accessible data to scientists and technologists. DARTG’s membership represents American scientific agencies (including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Archives & Records Administration, National Climate Data Center and United States Geological Survey), national scientific institutions in Belgium, Germany and China, and universities worldwide.
DARTG’s mission is to “promote and encourage, on a worldwide basis, the compilation, evaluation and dissemination of reliable numerical data of importance to science and technology.” IEDRO and CODATA share the common goal of preserving data and its applications to maintain and ensure accessibility.
The overall goal of DARTG is to “create an inventory of data that are at risk and whose unique scientific information is in danger of being lost to posterity.” An important application of pre-digital era data is that it offers a historic time span vital to long-term studies.
IEDRO and DARTG explored ways in which the two organizations could work together to promote data rescue and digitization efforts throughout scientific fields. Drs. Crouthamel and Griffin agreed to continue to work together to pursue activities of mutual benefit.
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