The recent downtime of SOTA resources made me wonder if we should think about the sustainability of the whole, great SOTA scheme and its associated data.
As far as I understand, the entire data and IT infrastructure is currently managed by the MT, and the relatively few people behind that. I greatly appreciate what they have been doing and are doing for the community, of course!
However, I think we should have mechanisms in place so that at least the raw data sources, i.e.
- summit master data
- activation & log data
- and maybe other types of data
will remain accessible even in the worst case scenario of the entire MT being hit by a bus or any other catastrophic event.
A simple solution would be to generate dump files from the relevant databases in regular intervals, and publish them as tar/gzip files so that others could mirror and archive them.
While this would not preserve the entire IT ecosystem, it would at least allow for a fresh start in the worst of cases.
WSPR has this:
And so has the RBN:
This could be complemented by putting at least parts of the underlying software on a Github repository with a suitable (e.g. non-commercial) open-source license.
And again, please see this suggestion in the light of great appreciation of what the MT has been and is been doing for us mountain-loving amateur radio operators!
73 de Martin, DK3IT