Global Award

Introducing the award

The International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences is created to improve preservation and access of research data, particularly of dark data, and share the varied ways that these data are being processed, stored, and used.

The contest invites members of the international geosciences community who have worked on efforts to advance preservation and access of research data, to share their work.

In establishing the Data Rescue Award, we hope to showcase the breadth, depth and diversity of existing initiatives for disclosing research data within the geosciences, and encourage new developments in this direction. As a side effect, we hope to encourage the establishment of a multi-disciplinary community across all areas of the geosciences to discuss the multitude of tools and methods that are being developed to rescue data from oblivion, and stimulate the sharing of knowledge, tools and standards pertaining to make research data re-usable across various  earth and environmental sciences domains.

The 2013  International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences was awarded to NIMBUS Data Rescue Project, developed by the Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at  the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. The project managed  the recovery, reprocessing and digitization of the infrared and visible observations of the Nimbus I, II and III satellites which were collected from 1964-1970, along with their navigation and formatting.

Full details of the winning project and others receiving honorable mention can be found at

The award for the 2013 winner – a stone trophy and $ 5,000 – was presented at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco in December 2013.