Added on 12 April 2018

DPC Members have been invited to register for a talk by Raymond Cha of the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) on the Initiative’s work monitoring US federal websites.

For the last year and a half, EDGI has been keeping track of around 30,000 US federal websites (.gov) for changes in information on and language about climate change, energy, and the environment. The Initiative collects these data from crawlers and a diffing tool. A team of volunteer analysts then reviews the data and creates reports documenting significant findings using workflows designed to interpret changes without publicizing alarmist and incorrect findings. This trove of analysis is then made available to a pool of over a hundred journalists. Cha’s talk will discuss this work and the methods used the collect and manage this data.

The work undertaken by EDGI reflects a growing urgency created by the ephemeral and highly vulnerable nature of many forms of web-based data. Cha’s talk will provide insight into the nature and behaviour of these data and will provide impetus for taking on the challenge of preserving them for the use of journalists, decision-makers, and members of the public.

For more information and to register, see the Events page.

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