OSHA Workplace Safety data updated at NICAR Data Library

The Workplace Safety database from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has just been updated in the NICAR Database Library. WHAT’S IN IT? This ten-table database holds information on workplace inspections performed by both federal and state OSHA offices in all states and U.S. territories, from 1972 to Oct 2011 – just under 4…

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IRE members donate Pulitzer Prize money for training

Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong both had extraordinary resumes before winning the Pulitzer Prize last week. Each of the reporters for The Seattle Times had produced investigations that won a long list of prizes, including multiple IRE Awards. The work honored by the Pulitzer judges — “Methadone and the Politics of Pain” — had already…

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From where? Validating data in the real world

By Anna [email protected] To understand your data, let’s go back to grade-school science class. Remember when you learned about the forest, and all the animals that call it home? The forest is a dynamic ecosystem. Your data is like a chimpanzee; it plays a role in the forest ecosystem.  Over time, the changes in the…

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Fighting for open records in Spain

By Hilary Niles @nilesmedia Spain is an “information black hole,” journalist Mar Cabra said during the Against All -Spanish- Odds. She and software developer David Cabo are taking suggestions on how to fix that.  Among the European countries with a population more than 1 million, Cabra said, Spain is the only one not to have…

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Behind the Story: 10 years in, safety concerns still plague nuclear waste site

In “Problems plague cleanup at Hanford nuclear waste site,” USA Today’s Peter Eisler takes on 56 million gallons of radioactive waste and finds he isn’t the only one who has a few things to learn. After 10 years of developing the “first-of-its-kind” nuclear waste treatment plant, the Department of Energy and its contractors still don’t…

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