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EPA: Open data portal to remain online

Reporters rushed to download data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s open data portal after a contractor reported the portal would shut down this Friday. But the EPA called reports untrue Monday morning and stated that the site will not close and that data will remain available.

Users visiting the EPA’s open data portal were greeted with the message that “This site will be shut down Friday, April 28, 2017.” At one point on Monday, the website was unavailable due to a high number of visitors. That message has since changed to read: “The data on this Web site ...

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution to share documents from ‘Doctors & Sex Abuse’ investigation

Lois Norder, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Documents concerning doctors in every state accused of sexual misconduct are now being made available to journalists and other researchers by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The newspaper has created a data portal to share the information, which it gathered in its recent investigation "Doctors & Sex Abuse." That includes public medical disciplinary orders from every state, as well as court records and other documents.

Most of the documents were obtained by scraping medical board websites, and the AJC notes that some websites didn’t include every document on a physician and that scraping may not have obtained ...

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IRE & NICAR Federal Data Directory

In an effort to promote rescued federal data and prevent duplicated efforts, IRE and NICAR are cataloging rescued data in a public directory. 

Below is a list of datasets saved by concerned IRE members as well as data held by other data rescue organizations including DataRefuge. To access the rescued data, please follow the link provided in the table. 

If you saved a dataset and are willing to share, please take our survey

There are some datasets of concern that are still publicly available. In the cases of data saved by an IRE member, we provided the ...

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Localize coverage of the Oroville Dam collapse with our national database

The NICAR Data Library has updated the National Inventory of Dams (NID), a database kept by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on dams in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico with details that include structure type, purpose, owner, most recent inspection date and inspection frequency. The data also includes latitude and longitude.

The safety of America’s dams has been in the spotlight after the main spillway at the Oroville Dam in California, the country’s tallest, collapsed.

You can use these records to zero in on neglected and potentially dangerous dams in your area ...

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