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Here’s a recap of our current partnerships, how you can benefit and instructions on getting access to premium tools.
Cometdocs: Free premium account for IRE members
You have probably encountered the problem of the PDF; the data and information are there, but locked in the PDF leaving you unable to filter, sort and work with the data in other ways. Cometdocs is an online file conversion and storage tool to help with PDF and other types of files. Read more about Cometdocs.
What does this mean to you: As an IRE member, a free premium Cometdocs account, (normally $9.99 per month), will allow you to convert an unlimited amount of documents each week, upload up to 50 documents at the same time, convert multiple documents at once, run optical character recognition on your documents, store files and more. You can find the supported conversion types here.
To get an upgraded account: Current IRE members should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request one. If you’re not a current IRE member, you can join or renew here. Note: If you have questions about Cometdocs, please contact email@example.com.
Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep Builder: Free license for IRE members
If you’ve ever analyzed public data, you know the pain of digging into the data only to find that it’s poorly structured, full of inaccuracies or just plain incomplete. You’re stuck fixing the data in Excel or writing complex calculations before you can answer a simple question.Tableau Prep Builder is designed to reduce the struggle of common yet complex tasks — such as joins, unions, pivots and aggregations — with a drag-and-drop visual experience. No scripting required. Once your data is prepped, connect to your data in Tableau Desktop to quickly find insights and answer questions. Read more about Tableau.
What does this mean to you? As an IRE member, you can receive a free license that includes both Tableau Prep Builder and Tableau Desktop.
To request a license: Current IRE members should email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re not a current IRE member, you can join or renew here. Note: If you have questions about Tableau, please contact email@example.com.
SmartProcure/GovSpend: Discounted subscription for IRE members
Receive a discounted subscription to the largest government purchasing database. The database contains more than 1.08 billion purchase orders from more than 21,000 local, state and federal government agencies in the U.S. SmartProcure is now GovSpend. Read more about GovSpend.
What does this mean to you: As an IRE member, you can receive a SmartProcure/GovSpend subscription for $960 annually (an 87 percent discount from their subscription rate of $7,500 per year). Your subscription will give you “SmartSearch” access to SmartProcure/GovSpend. This includes unlimited searches in SmartProcure/GovSpend’s database, government and vendor profiles and key contacts, email alerts for saved search updates and more.
To request a subscription: Current IRE members should email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re not a current IRE member, you can join or renew here. Note: If you have questions about SmartProcure/GovSpend, please contact email@example.com.
PacerMonitor: Discounted subscription for IRE members
A legal research tool created to help people follow federal court cases, PacerMonitor has expanded from its initial focus on bankruptcy and now includes all federal courts, making it a useful tool for many reporters and editors. It has a database of more than 3 million PACER documents. PacerMonitor also allows users to set new case filing and docket alerts to stay on top of cases proactively. Read more about PacerMonitor.
What does this mean to you: As an IRE member, you receive a 50% discount which is $24.50/mo for the Plus plan and $49.50 for the Professional plan, which includes full database access, advanced searching capabilities and the ability to set up alerts.
To request a subscription: First, requesters need their own PACER credentials to get started (to set up those credentials, go here). Current IRE members should email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re not a current IRE member, you can join or renew here.
Note: If you have questions about PacerMonitor, please contact email@example.com.