Where: Data Rescue Pittsburgh will be held in the International Poetry Room on the 2nd floor of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main. CLP Main is located in the Oakland neighborhood at 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213. See this floor map of CLP Main for the location of the International Poetry Room.
Parking: On Sundays, City of Pittsburgh metered parking is free. Please note that this does not extend to private lots and permit-only spots, such as University of Pittsburgh and CMU parking areas.
In addition, the Carnegie Museum system operates a six-level parking facility at the intersection of S. Craig Street and Forbes Avenue. More information about this closely located option is available at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh website.
Public Transportation: There are many Port Authority bus routes that service CLP Main, including: 54C, 61A, 61B, 61C, 67A, 67C, 67E, 67F, 67J, 69, 71A, 71B, 71C, 71D, 75, 93. When planning your trip, make sure to get the most up-to-date information about routes and schedules from the Port Authority website.
Biking: There are several bike racks directly outside the library and there’s some covered bike parking in the garage mentioned above. For guidance planning a bike-friendly route, check out the resources from BikePGH.
Q: I don’t have a laptop, can I still participate in Data Rescue Pittsburgh?
A: Definitely! There are some laptops available to check out at CLP Main if you have a library card. If you would like to check out a laptop the day of the event, please email datarescuepgh [at] gmail.com or post in the Slack channel so we can be sure to reserve one for you. If you don’t have a library card, you can also get in touch with us and we can give you some instructions for getting registered.
There are also certain tracks for which you could use another device. If you are comfortable researching on a tablet or smartphone, for example, you can join the Researchers track. The Documenting and Storytelling tracks may even be better served by a non-laptop device! Get in touch with the organizers if you have any questions about your track & device.
Q: What do you mean by “vulnerable” data?
A: The Data Rescue-Twin Cities team has a great explanation of this on their webpage! We are referring to federally produced data that are hosted on government websites. We are particularly interested in federal data that researchers are using in their work. We consider this data vulnerable since their availability can change based on government funding, administrative policy, and the government’s perceived usefulness for the data. In addition, data that only exist on a government website have been unavailable during government shutdowns and historic data can easily be lost if archival practices change over time.
Q: I can’t attend for the whole afternoon. Can I still come?
A: Yes! Participants are invited to attend for as long as they can and to join at any point during the event.
Q: I have a question that is not addressed within this FAQ, who can I contact?
A: We’d be happy to answer your questions! You can email the organizers at datarescuepgh [at] gmail.com or post in our Slack channel (or message one of the organizers: @gesina, @noramattern, or @ abrennr).