NICAR converts White House salary data

By Charles Minshew, Director of Data Services   Today, the White House released the salaries of Executive Office staff members as a PDF.  The NICAR Data Library has converted this file to a CSV for download, publication and sharing. You can access the file in our Github repository. The database includes salaries for 377 Executive Office…

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IRE & NICAR to freely publish unprocessed data

Charles Minshew, IRE Director of Data Services  Inspired by our members, IRE is pleased to announce the first release of raw, unprocessed data from the NICAR Database Library. The contents of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) master file for 2015 are now available for free download on our website. The package contains the original…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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Learn how to explore data with Python’s Jupyter Notebook

Editor’s Note: This article first ran on the California Civic Data Coalition’s website on Oct. 8. Ben spoke at our San Diego Data Watchdog Workshop, a program funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. By Ben Welsh Last weekend, I traveled to the campus of San Diego State University to join a journalism workshop put on by Investigative Reporters…

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Track the economic impact of Hurricane Matthew

View of Hurricane Katrina destruction in the city of New Orleans. (Photo by NOAA / Creative Commons)  In the wake of any natural disaster, there’s a seemingly endless number of public service and accountability stories to chase. You want to know when the power is going to come back on. How many people have been…

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Report on the student debt crisis with our new simplified database

Student debt is quickly becoming a national crisis. But reporting on student loans and college finances has always been thorny, especially when dealing with complicated bureaucracies and patchwork data. Earlier this year, for the first time ever, the Obama Administration released a comprehensive intersection of student population, college performance and “outcome” data, measuring with precise…

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Tracking crime in your community

FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) is one of the best tools for tracking crime trends in communities nationwide; FBI UCR data for 2014 is now available from the NICAR data library. Law enforcement agencies around the country voluntarily submit reports to the FBI on what are known as “index” crimes: Murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated…

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