Category Archives: Major Announcements

This is for very major news announcements that will post on the home page of the website. Please only administrators link to this category.

Tufts Data Rescue

From 1/20-1/23 Tufts University and the Open Geoportal Community conducted a sizeable U.S. federal data harvest. We surveyed Tufts faculty to identify those geospatial data most critical their teaching and research. We then conducted a curated harvest to back up potentially at-risk federal, environmental and social justice geospatial data and associated tabular data.  Currently we are at around 20 TB of data backed up on Tufts Research Data Storage Network.  This is an ongoing effort as we are continuing to harvest data daily. Please contact if you would like to participate or learn more.

Here is a summary of the Tufts OGP Data Rescue as of 3/1/2017

Other Data Rescue Efforts Around the Nation

Nationwide Data Rescue at Penn with Calendar of Events – Penn CKAN repository

End of Term project

Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI)

Climate mirror

Azimuth climate data backup project:
Run by John Baez

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant Awarded to Tufts

Tufts University has received an award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the development of The Open Geoportal Cloud Federation. As part of the award we will be developing the following components in the coming year:

1. Develop a working prototype for cloud-based, Automated Federated Solr Metadata Harvester supporting multiple metadata formats (1/2013-12/2013).

2. Develop of a formal organizational structure for the Open Geoportal Federation which includes:

A. Host a National Open Geoportal Summit to provide training and develop consensus agreement on roles and governance. Travel for selected attendees funded. (Summer/Fall 2013).
B. Develop the to provide collaborative capacity to manage application development and share best-practices (12/2012-2/2013).