A bit different, but I think relevant is the News Preservation efforts - Dodging the Memory Hole.  If you are interested in digital preservation and true archiving of digital-only News this is a good project to know about.  They were just funded for a third round of work by IMLS.


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The IJNet article is particularly interesting—thanks for posting this. Excerpts like the one below make me wonder if there is a “Code4News” community, and if so, how do we find and connect with them. It seems we have a lot in common, and maybe a lot to offer each other.

MC: What we’ve achieved is pretty remarkable. Newsrooms are in an economic crisis. No newsroom right now--except for maybe The New York Times and a few others--have the capability to do something major like this at a global scale. But we’re showing it’s possible. We share data, we produce tools for communication, we share our stories and our interactives, to make it happen.

- Tom

On Apr 7, 2016, at 7:24 AM, Gregory Markus <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

Hey Sebastian,

They go into a lot of detail in this article

Indeed this is pretty interesting stuff and a good shout out for Blacklight and other OS tools!


On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 4:21 PM, Sebastian Karcher < [log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi everyone,

from one of the New York Times stories on the Panama Papers:
"The ICIJ made a number of powerful research tools available to the consortium that the group had developed for previous leak investigations.
Those included a secure, Facebook-type forum where reporters could post the fruits of their research, as well as database search program called “Blacklight” that allowed the teams to hunt for specific names, countries or sources."

I assume this is, which is pretty cool to see used that way. Does anyone know or have read anything about the other tools they used? What did they use for OCR? Did they use qualitative data analysis software? Some type of annotation tools? It seems like there's a lot to learn from this effort.


Sebastian Karcher, PhD
Qualitative Data Repository, Syracuse University


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