For the Teach-In, Data Refuge Stories teams will conduct mapping and storytelling actions, across campus staged at central locations of interdisciplinary knowledge production and circulation. At each Data Refuge Stories site, teams comprised of PPEH graduate/undergraduate fellows, will gather stories about data, research, and evidence-based practice, all of which will be entered into the Data Refuge storybank. The teams will be situated at tables placed within central locations across campus where faculty, staff, and students produce and/or consume varieties of data, including the Van Pelt Library, Medical School, Meyerson Hall, McNeil Building, and David Rittenhouse Labs. The end goal is to map Data Refuge Stories across this campus and beyond, to offer insight into the ways research lives through stories, sites, and engaged practices of scholars, and to better advocate for evidence-based inquiry and open data.
Data Refuge launched November 2016 in Philadelphia to draw attention to how climate denial endangers federal environmental data. Spearheaded by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) and Penn Libraries, along with the help of thousands of civic partners and volunteers, the project rapidly spread to over fifty cities and towns across the country. Now, as a part of a public engagement project funded by the National Geographic Foundation, Data Refuge is building a storybank to document how data lives in the world ' and how it connects people, places, and non-human species.