Nieman Lab: Here are three tools that help digital journalists save their work in case a site shuts down

Nieman Lab: Here are three tools that help digital journalists save their work in case a site shuts down . “The abrupt shutdown of the Gothamist and DNAinfo local news networks earlier this month was a stark reminder to digital journalists who want archives of their stuff: Back it up! Back it up!”

FiveThirtyEight: The FBI’s Explanation For Why It Released Less Crime Data Doesn’t Add Up

FiveThirtyEight: The FBI’s Explanation For Why It Released Less Crime Data Doesn’t Add Up. “Late last month, FiveThirtyEight published an article that noted that the FBI’s most recent accounting of crime data in the United States was missing almost 70 percent of the data tables that had been included in past editions. The FBI has since disputed that the removal of those tables was out of the ordinary. But closer scrutiny doesn’t seem to bear this claim out.”

Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church… oh, and a little fight to preserve truth (The Register)

The Register: Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church… oh, and a little fight to preserve truth. “At the Internet Archive’s headquarters in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, technologists, educators, archivists, and others fact-oriented folks gathered to discuss how they and the like-minded can save news from the memory hole – a conceit conjured by George Orwell to describe a political mechanism for altering the truth.”

Poynter: For American fact-checkers working around gaps in government data, a lesson from Argentina

Poynter: For American fact-checkers working around gaps in government data, a lesson from Argentina. “Gaps in information frustrate the work of fact-checkers. But what about when a government agency creates them? ‘To know that the data has been tracked in the past and is maybe still tracked currently and is not being released — that just seems like a step backward,’ said Angie Holan, editor of PolitiFact (a project of the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times). Her concern stems from a recent change to the FBI’s 2016 crime report, which FiveThirtyEight reports now has close to 70 percent fewer tables than the 2015 version. Among the data tables missing in the report — the first to come out under the Trump administration’s FBI — is specific information about arrests, homicides and the only national estimate of gang-related murders.”

CBC: 9-year-old emails deteriorating in government archives; may be inaccessible [Canada]

CBC: 9-year-old emails deteriorating in government archives; may be inaccessible. “The ministry of social services says emails written between Donna Harpauer and senior ministry staff in 2008 and 2009 are on tapes that ‘deteriorate and breakdown over time’ which means ‘there may be no viable tapes available for that time period.'”

Splinter: DNAinfo, Gothamist, and What We Lose in the Disappearing Digital Archive

Splinter: DNAinfo, Gothamist, and What We Lose in the Disappearing Digital Archive. “On Monday afternoon, as a few hundred people gathered at New York’s City Hall to protest the shuttering of local news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist, a carousel of speakers took turns proclaiming their love for journalism—including frequent targets of the press. Tragedies make strange bedfellows…. Yet a week after the publications were shut down, what happens to that journalism—the first drafts of local history DNAinfo, Gothamist, and its companion sites in other cities had given the world—remains an open question.”

RIT Reporter: Digital Preservation & Corporate Owned Platforms

RIT Reporter: Digital Preservation & Corporate Owned Platforms. “When it comes to social media, the vast majority of our personal thoughts and records are only preserved by some company’s far-away servers. For a fairly long time now, we have collectively tied our identities to spaces owned and operated by third parties. Dr. Tamar Carroll of RIT’s Digital Humanities and Social Science program brought up how Facebook embodies this trend.”