SURVEYOR: --Do you have moderate or in-depth knowledge of any Federal Agencies and/or their datasets? OR--Can you surf the net? Do you like to write? If you answered yes, consider being a surveyor. Surveyors write guides (or PRIMERS) that identify and locate Agency and sub-Agency websites and datasets. Primers are the first crucial step in the entire DataRescue process. Training provided.
DOCUMENTATION OR STORYTELLING:--Are you good at writing? Do you like talking to people? Do you use social media?If so, consider joining the Documentary/Storytelling Team: You will be interviewing volunteers, and help us promote the DataRescue initiative live via social media, as well as recording interviews and writing stories. Training provided.
SEEDING AND SORTING:If you can surf the web, then you can be a seeder/sorter. Seeder/Sorters determine which websites can be archived and which need to be sent to the Advanced Technical Skills group. Training provided.
EVENT HELPER:--Don't want to sit at a computer, but still want to help? Be an Event Helper. We need volunteers to help set-up, run the registration table and aid in coordinating other tasks to keep the DataRescue running smoothly.
RESEARCHERS:--Do you like to do research or find out more about things? Do you have some front end web experience? Try being a researcher. Researchers review URLs the Seeders and Sorters mark as “Uncrawlable”.
HARVESTERS:--Do you have coding experience? Are you a hacker? Consider being a Harvester. Harvesters figure out how to capture "uncrawlable" data--the data that can't be saved by the Internet Archive. This is a complex task which can require substantial technical expertise and also requires different techniques for different tasks. Previous work with scientific data is a plus.
CHECKERS/BAGGERS:--Do you have previous data or web archiving experience OR strong tech skills and attention to detail?As a Checker/Bagger you will need to inspect the harvested dataset and make sure that it is complete. Checkers/Baggers will have to package the data into a bagit file (or “bag”), which includes basic technical metadata, and upload it to the final DataRefuge destination.
DESCRIBERS:--Do you have experience working with scientific data or with creating metadata? Consider being a Describer. Describers create a descriptive record in the DataRefuge CKAN repository for each bag. Then they link the record to the bag and make the record public.Trained librarians and scientists will be very helpful on this path.