We reported yesterday that many government agencies had shut off access to their online data services, and that the NICAR database library was a good source for finding government data during the shutdown.
Poynter today has an interesting post on the challenges the shutdown has caused for data journalists. If you want more background, the Sunlight Foundation explained what happens to a .gov site during a shutdown. The Donald W. Reynolds Business Journalism center has a list of some sources that are available, including linkbacks to NICAR data.
But some agencies have closed and others haven’t. What’s available during a shutdown? We’re trying to track just that, and we need your help.
If the agency website is closed off, can that information still be found elsewhere? We’re keeping track of what’s available, what’s not, and what alternative sources exist for government data, like Census Reporter or Bulk Resource, for instance. We’re crowdsourcing this effort: We’ll be adding what we know to the Google Spreadsheet we’ve started below, linked here. If you have some information on what’s available and where, please add it to the list. Also, if you know of other information we should be tracking, or other fields we should add to this spreadsheet, let us know.