CRU Server Returned

The backup server has been returned to CRU. UEA informed the Information Tribunal today (in connection with my appeal of their refusal of the attachments to the notorious delete-all-emails).

UEA stated to the Tribunal that:

it confirms its intention to preserve the server in a secure manner for the time being.

I doubt that it intends to preserve the server for a minute longer than it is forced to.


  1. geronimo
    Posted Jul 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    Will they be able to destroy the server if there are outstanding FOI requests on it?

    • Latimer Alder
      Posted Jul 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM | Permalink

      Re: geronimo (Jul 19 12:28),

      They’ll have an office move and Phil Jones will lose it anyway 😦

    • ThomasL
      Posted Jul 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM | Permalink

      A bit cynical, but imagine it like an option. Anytime the price is higher to hold it than to dump it, it will get dumped.

  2. Posted Jul 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM | Permalink

    PJ: “What do you mean you aren’t supposed to lift a server with a large electromagnet?”


  3. Posted Jul 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM | Permalink

    I wonder if it would be worth asking if they made a copy before they returned the server? And on a related note (as I have also commented at BH):

    Hmmm … maybe they’re not so certain after all … from the Q&A at the press conference:

    Can you describe what investigations you undertook at the UEA and who you interviewed there?

    The focus internally was on the IT infrastructure and working out from there. We also looked at people working at or with connections to the Climate Research Unit and, in simple terms, we were looking for anything obvious. All members of staff were interviewed. If someone had some obvious links or had an axe to grind, then that might have been a line of enquiry.

    Generally speaking, it was a screening exercise which did not provide any positive lines of enquiry.
    Whilst – because we have not found the perpetrators – we cannot say categorically that no-one at the UEA is involved, there is no evidence to suggest that there was. The nature and sophistication of the attack does not suggest that it was anyone at the UEA. [emphasis added -hro]

    Perhaps their “results” were affected by yet another “screening fallacy” 😉

    • Posted Jul 19, 2012 at 4:30 PM | Permalink

      Wow. I’d be crying if I was a UEA employee”.

      Police: “UEA employees are incapable of sophistication.”

      • JohnH
        Posted Jul 21, 2012 at 3:45 AM | Permalink

        To get onto the Climate Science Degree course at UEA you only need 2 grade E’s at A Level. Its not called the University of Easy Access just because FOIA got TB’s of data from their servers.

  4. MikeN
    Posted Jul 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM | Permalink

    Screening, when used, employed one-sided tests only when a definite sign of sophistication could be a priori reasoned on intellectual grounds.

  5. RayG
    Posted Jul 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM | Permalink

    Would it make sense to resubmit several FOI requests to UEA for data,emails, etc., which they previously denied possessing? After all, who knows what is on that server.

  6. Stuck-record
    Posted Jul 20, 2012 at 3:39 AM | Permalink

    I’m sure there are lots of nice stairs they can accidentally drop it down, a few times.

  7. DaveA
    Posted Jul 20, 2012 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

    Give the history it should be made a museum piece.

  8. michael hart
    Posted Jul 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM | Permalink

    Might the server hold copies of programs used to make climate projections?

  9. Posted Jul 21, 2012 at 8:07 PM | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings.

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