U.S. Geological Survey Data Rescue Program

Title

U.S. Geological Survey Data Rescue Program

Description

Since 2006 the USGS has sponsored a Data Rescue Project to preserve and make accessible legacy USGS science records. The USGS Data Rescue Project has continued to expand and seek USGS science data sets at risk of loss due to obsolescence of media or format, extreme issues with the storage of the records or data, or to make data better accessible to our customers or in the furtherance of science. Losing scientific data, e.g., data on tapes that can no longer be read, data stored in a basement that becomes flooded, or data on paper that is not accessible to those that could use it are problems which USGS must continue to address.

USGS Data Rescue Example: Historical Files from Federal Government Mineral Exploration-Assistance Programs, 1950-1974.

More than 5000 original historical minerals exploration-assistance dockets (paper, carbon paper copies, copies of maps, graph copies, blueline copies of maps, linen or mylar maps, and other fragile and sometimes poor quality media) of vintage 1950-70 era were electronically scanned and are now available to the public. These dockets provide access to data that are unique or difficult to recreate but which are invaluable to land and resource management organizations and the minerals industry.

Date Created

2006

Contributor

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Instructional Method

Digital preservation, inventorying, boxing and sending records to proper Federal records storage at a National Archives and Records Administration facility, purchasing hardware or software to move data from outdated media, or adding metadata to records.

Title

U.S. Geological Survey Data Rescue Program

Research Area(s)

Geology, Ecology

Name of Organization Holding Data

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

About the Original Item

Date Added
April 24, 2013
Collection
Data Rescue Projects
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Citation
“U.S. Geological Survey Data Rescue Program,” Data-at-Risk & Rescue Inventory, accessed September 2, 2014, http://ibiblio.org/data-at-risk/items/show/95.
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