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We proudly announce the winner of the 2013 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences. The award — a stone trophy and $ 5,000 — was awarded to NIMBUS Data Rescue Project, developed by the Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. The project managed the recovery, reprocessing and digitization of the infrared and visible observations of the Nimbus I, II and III satellites which were collected from 1964-1970, along with their navigation and formatting.

Nimbus Data Rescue Project, submitted by David W. Gallaher

Next to the main award, three projects were singled out for honorary mention:

oldWeather, by the Zooniverse team — an effort to transcribe and curate weather observations from ships’ logs, recorded decades and centuries ago by citizen volunteers.

oldWeather, submitted by Philip Brohan

Nuclear explosion signals, archived at Borovoye, Kazakhstan a project to capture the information from 8000 Soviet-era magnetic tapes each holding about 10 megabytes of earthquake and explosion signal data archived at Borovoye, Kazakhstan, by Paul Richards and his team at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, the, Institute of Dynamics of the Geospheres in Moscow, and the Russia Institute of Geophysical Research in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, and

Nuclear explosion signals, archived at Borovoye, Kazakhstan, submitted by Paul G. Richards

Unlocking the Landsat archive by Lockheed Martin Australia focused on making available the images from six functional LANDSAT satellites spanning from 1972 to the current LANDSAT 5 and 7 missions, constituting the longest running enterprise for acquisition of satellite imagery of Earth.

Unlocking the Landsat Archive, submitted by Matthew Purss

Please see a description of all participating projects on the Submissions page. For more information on the motivation for the challenge, the judging criteria and the judges’ panel.

For more information, please contact one of the two organisers:

Anita de Waard
VP Research Data Collaborations
Elsevier Research Data Services

Kerstin Lehnert
Director, Integrated Earth Data Applications
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University