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Azimuth Backup Project Goal

Establishing awareness of the importance of secure mirroring of public science data among universities and publicly funded science organizations:

  1. Publish with cryptographic hashes.

  2. Digitally signed by the original authors and/or online publishers.

  3. Timestamped by trusted services.

  4. With instructions on how to mirror by other public sites or by any member of the public.

  5. With sufficient metadata included in the signed and timestamped documents to allow for an archival quality permanent record that will last over generations.

And as a means to achieve the above goal:

Prepare a brief and simple, compelling message aimed at groups and projects responsible for Online Publishing Best Practices in said organizations, emphasizing the importance of making it a permanent Best Practice.

Leave the implementation details to the said organizations. Focus on simple and effective communication of the above requirements, their rationale, and how to establish them as a permanent part of the process.

Our Permissions and Encouragement

Dr Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, spoke at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union on 15th December 2016. When asked about concerns that the next administration could violate principles of scientific integrity at the federal agencies, or even delete federal climate change datasets, McNutt replied:

There are protections in place through government data integrity and scientific integrity acts that would, if [these data suddenly disappeared,] would say, `Hold it. That is not allowed. This data has to come back online.' ... It would take, in my view, an incredible coordinated move to delete all copies of ... climate data. On the other hand, I don't see any reason why, if people want to copy this data and back it up one more time, that it's something they shouldn't do.