The 2016 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences

The 2016 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences

Organised by IEDA and Elsevier

FINAL DEADLINE EXTENSION: submissions welcome until 16 October 2016


  • We invite proposals that describe data rescue projects in any area of the geosciences, including geophysics, hydrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, sedimentology, paleontology, Earth Observation space science and planetary sciences that can demonstrate the successful rescue of scientifically relevant datasets which have been placed into recognized, preferably certified, data repositories so that they are readily accessible to other researchers.
  • To be eligible for submission, each participant must fill in a template that describes different aspects of the data rescue project, including:
    • examples of the data as they looked before and after the rescue process,
    • a description of ways, in which the data could be or are used after being made available electronically,
    • a description of metadata, models and standards and the recognized data repository or collection to make the data available for re-use, in a sustained manner,
    • a description of the rescue process, whether manual, automated, or a combination of both.
  • The final submission deadline is 16 October 2016.
  • You can download a submission template and submit your entry here.
  • The submissions will be assessed by a cross-disciplinary panel of judges
    • Paolo Diviacco, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, Italy
    • Helen Glaves, British Geological Survey, UK
    • Denise Hills, Geological Survey of Alabama, USA
    • Kerstin Lehnert, Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, USA
    • Sean Toczko, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan
    • Lesley Wyborn, National Computational Infrastructure, Australian National University, Australia
    • Lynn Yarmey, Research Data Alliance
    • Leslie Hsu, US Geological Survey
  • Details on the judging criteria can be found here.
  • The award will consist of the Data Rescue trophy and a prize of $ 5000 and will be presented during the AGU Fall Meeting to be held in San Francisco in December 2016.

Need more information? Please contact one of the two organisers:
Dan Lovegrove
Publisher, Earth Sciences, Elsevier
Kerstin Lehnert
Director, Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance