IEDA and Elsevier have launched the 2013 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences challenge. The award has been established to improve the preservation and access of research data in the Geosciences, particularly of dark data, and to share the varied ways that these data are being processed, stored, and used. The winner of the challenge will receive a $5000 prize at the American Geophysical Union meeting in December 2013.


Members of the international geosciences community who have worked or are working on projects that have advanced preservation and access of research data are invited to submit a description of teir project to the challenge. Specifically, we are interested in receiving submissions from groups who have developed and completed projects which either:


  1. Digitized content that has formerly been available in only analog or obsolete elecronic formats, including the addition of rich metadata to make this content more easily accessible and re-usable.
  2. Developed data standards, tools, and processes that facilitate and improve the ingestion of research data with rich metadata into sustained, openly accesible community databases.


See for full details, or contact the organizers: