Wanted: volunteers with bandwidth/storage to help save climate data

Ken Chase math at sizone.org
Fri Dec 16 17:24:37 UTC 2016


University Toronto's Robarts Library is hosting an all-day party tomorrow of
people to surf and help identify datasets, survey and get size and details,
authenticate copies, etc.

fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1828129627464671/

/kc

On Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 06:42:46PM +0200, DaKnOb said:
  >We are currently working on a scheme to successfully authenticate and verify the integrity of the data. Datasets in https://climate.daknob.net/ are compressed to a .tar.bz2 and then hashed using SHA-256. The final file with all checksums is then signed using a set of PGP keys.
  >
  >We are still working on a viable way to verify the authenticity of files before there are tons of copies lying around and there???s a working group in the Slack team I sent previously where your input is much needed!
  >
  >Thanks,
  >Antonios 
  >
  >> On 16 Dec 2016, at 18:30, Ken Chase <math at sizone.org> wrote:
  >> 
  >> Surfing through the links - any hints on how big these datasets are? Everyone's got
  >> a few TB to throw at things, but fewer of us have spare PB to throw around.
  >> 
  >> There's some random #s on the goog doc sheet for sizes (100's of TB for the
  >> landsat archive seems credible), and there's one number that destroys
  >> credibility of the sheet (100000000000 GB (100 ZB)) for the EPA archive.
  >> 
  >> The other page has many 'TBA' entries for size.
  >> 
  >> Not sure what level of player one needs to be to be able to serve a useful 
  >> segment of these archives. I realize some of the datasets are tiny (<GB)
  >> but which ones are most important vs size (ie the win-per-byte ratio) isnt indicated.
  >> (I know its early times.)
  >> 
  >> Also I hope they've SHA512'd the datasets for authenticity before all these
  >> myriad copies being flungabout are 'accused' of being manipulated 'to promote
  >> the climate change agenda' yadda.
  >> 
  >> Canada: time to step up! (Cant imagine the Natl Research Council would do so
  >> on their mirror site, too much of a gloves-off slap in the face to Trump.)
  >> 
  >> /kc
  >> 
  >> 
  >> On Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 06:02:46PM +0200, DaKnOb said:
  >>> If you???re interested, there???s also a Slack team: climatemirror.slack.com
  >>> 
  >>> You can find more info about that here:
  >>> 
  >>> - https://climate.daknob.net/
  >>> - http://climatemirror.org/
  >>> - http://www.ppehlab.org/datarefuge
  >>> 
  >>> Thank you for your help!
  >>> 
  >>> 
  >>>> On 16 Dec 2016, at 17:58, Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org> wrote:
  >>>> 
  >>>> This is a short-term (about one month) project being thrown together
  >>>> in a hurry...and it could use some help.  I know that some of
  >>>> you have lots of resources to throw at this, so if you have an
  >>>> interest in preserving a lot of scientific research data, I've set
  >>>> up a mailing list to coordinate IT efforts to help out.  Signup via
  >>>> climatedata-request at firemountain.net or, if you prefer Mailman's web
  >>>> interface, http://www.firemountain.net/mailman/listinfo/climatedata
  >>>> should work.
  >>>> 
  >>>> Thanks,
  >>>> ---rsk
  >>>> 
  >>> 
  >> 

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Ken Chase - math at sizone.org Guelph Canada


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