IEDA’s data services aim to advance preservation of solid earth observational data so that they can be mined and re-used to support and empower cross-disciplinary scientific research and discovery in the Earth, Ocean, and Polar Sciences. A focus of IEDA’s activities is the rescue of data that are in danger of being lost because they are not accessible and curated in a sustainable manner.
IEDA’s Data Rescue Initiative is intended to ensure that valuable legacy data sets that are in danger of being lost due to impending retirement of the data owner or degradation of the original data source are preserved and made accessible to the community for re-use by inclusion in the IEDA data collections. IEDA’s Data Rescue Initiative currently comprises three efforts:
- IEDA Data Rescue Mini-Awards: These mini-grants provide modest funds to investigators, especially those in the late stages of their career and near retirement, to support proper compilation, documentation, and transfer of unpublished data sets to IEDA that they cannot otherwise share and preserve. Learn more about recent awards here.
- The International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences: This award has been established with sponsorship by Elsevier’s Research Data Division to showcase and recognize efforts within the Geosciences that advance preservation and access of research data. Competitions have been held yearly since 2013. Learn more about the most recent award here.