Give the Earth a present: help us save climate data
We've been busy backing up climate data before Trump becomes President. Now you can help too, with some money to pay for servers and storage space. Please give what you can at our Kickstarter campaign here:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/592742410/azimuth-climate-data-backup-project
If we get $5000 by the end of January, we can save this data until we convince bigger organizations to take over. If we don't get that much, we get nothing. That's how Kickstarter works. Also, if you donate now, you won't be billed until January 31st.
So, please help! It's urgent.The idea
The safety of US government climate data is at risk. Trump plans to have climate change deniers running every agency concerned with climate change. So, scientists are rushing to back up the many climate databases held by US government agencies before he takes office.
We hope he won't be rash enough to delete these precious records. But: better safe than sorry!
The Azimuth Climate Data Backup Project is part of this effort. So far our volunteers have backed up nearly 1 terabyte of climate data from NASA and other agencies. We'll do a lot more! We just need some funds to pay for storage space and a server until larger institutions take over this task.The team
• +Jan Galkowski
is a statistician with a strong interest in climate science. He works at Akamai Technologies, a company responsible for serving at least 15% of all web traffic. He began downloading climate data on the 11th of December.
• Shortly thereafter +John Baez
, a mathematician and science blogger at U. C. Riverside, joined in to publicize the project. He’d already founded an organization called the Azimuth Project, which helps scientists and engineers cooperate on environmental issues.
• When Jan started running out of storage space, +Scott Maxwell
jumped in. He used to work for NASA — driving a Mars rover among other things — and now he works for Google. He set up a 10-terabyte account on Google Drive and started backing up data himself.
• A couple of days later +Sakari Maaranen
joined the team. He’s a systems architect at Ubisecure, a Finnish firm, with access to a high-bandwidth connection. He set up a server, he's downloading lots of data, he showed us how to authenticate it with SHA-256 hashes, and he's managing many other technical aspects of this project.
There are other people involved too. You can watch the nitty-gritty details of our progress here:
Azimuth Backup Project - Issue Tracker:https://bitbucket.org/azimuth-backup/azimuth-inventory/issues
and you can learn more here:
Azimuth Climate Data Backup Project.http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/azimuth_backup_project/ #climateaction