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Join us November 3 for Lessons on FOIA and Environmental Information Access in the Trump Era

Join us November 3 for Lessons on FOIA and Environmental Information Access in the Trump Era

Seating is limited, please RSVP soon! On Saturday, November 3, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative members Jake Wylie and Kevin Nguyen ...
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Caging Nature, Caging Humans

Caging Nature, Caging Humans

For this guest post, EDGI has invited Dr. Mary E. Mendoza’s commentary on the border wall and justice for humans ...
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EPA’s Proposed Rule Uses the Idea of Transparency to Reduce Real Transparency and Delay Protecting Environmental and Public Health

EPA’s Proposed Rule Uses the Idea of Transparency to Reduce Real Transparency and Delay Protecting Environmental and Public Health

Public access to the data and models undergirding environmental regulation sounds appealing. But there are several reasons to think that ...
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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Awards Generous Grant to EDGI to Expand its Work

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Awards Generous Grant to EDGI to Expand its Work

EDGI is excited to announce that the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) has awarded us a generous grant to sustain ...
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Volunteer Position: Website Monitoring Analyst

Volunteer Position: Website Monitoring Analyst

The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) is monitoring changes to information and data on federal websites to hold our ...
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EPA staff say the Trump administration is changing their mission from protecting human health and the environment to protecting industry

EPA staff say the Trump administration is changing their mission from protecting human health and the environment to protecting industry

The Environmental Protection Agency made news recently for excluding reporters from a “summit” meeting on chemical contamination in drinking water. Episodes like ...
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Would firing Scott Pruitt save the EPA?

Would firing Scott Pruitt save the EPA?

Pruitt relied on tactics deployed by two previous Republican administrations — Ronald Reagan, who staged a frontal assault on the EPA early ...
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Web Monitoring in the Classroom Builds Information Literacy, Civic Engagement

Web Monitoring in the Classroom Builds Information Literacy, Civic Engagement

As a student, did you ever ask yourself, What is the point of all this? When education feels disconnected from ...
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Cancer warnings for coffee may be overkill, but Proposition 65 is not

Cancer warnings for coffee may be overkill, but Proposition 65 is not

by Jennifer Liss Ohayon, EDGI Member, and Claudia Polsky, Op-Ed reblogged from Los Angeles Times. A posted Proposition 65 warning ...
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Comment on the EPA's Proposed Rule to Repeal the Clean Power Plan Focuses on Access to Online Resources

Comment on the EPA’s Proposed Rule to Repeal the Clean Power Plan Focuses on Access to Online Resources

EDGI welcomed the opportunity to comment on​ the EPA’s Proposed Rule to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) in April, ...
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Presidential Assaults on Environmental Health Protection

Paving the Way for Trump: Past Presidential Assaults on Environmental Health Protection

The Trump administration, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt, has undertaken an assault on environmental health protections. This ...
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EDGI Receives Grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

EDGI Receives Grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Dear Readers, We write with the remarkable news that we have just received our first sustaining grant from the Packard ...
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Internet Archive, Wayback Machine, San Francisco, partners

Touring the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine

Our partners at the Internet Archive: Wayback Machine invited EDGI over for lunch… The Internet Archive is a non-profit library ...
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EDGI and PageFreezer, teaming up to archive environmental websites

Our collaboration with PageFreezer began on the eve of President Trump’s inauguration. Michael Riedijk heard about EDGI’s website archiving and ...
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Answering Questions About Accessibility Regulations and Access to Climate Action Plans

Answering Questions About Accessibility Regulations and Access to Climate Action Plans

In this guest post, Stephanie Rosen, the Accessibility Specialist for the University of Michigan Library, shares her thoughts on the ...
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New report on January 10: Climate Change Web Content Under Trump

Report released: Changing the Digital Climate On January 10, 2018 the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) will release Changing ...
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Climate Action Plans for National Parks Removed from Site Without Advance Explanation

Climate Action Plans for National Parks Removed from Site Without Advance Explanation

By members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Team: Toly Rinberg, Gretchen Gehrke, Andrew Bergman, and Justin Schell Updated 12:00 pm ET ...
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Censoring Climate Change

Censoring Climate Change

by Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman, EDGI Members, Op-Ed from the New York Times. Scott Pruitt during an interview in his ...
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Join us Oct 26-27 for a two-day Data Together Sprint 🚀📔

On Thursday and Friday next week, Data Together is hosting a two-day sprint to come together and improve project documentation, ...
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EPA’s Website Overhaul Continues: Climate Resources Left Out of the Update to the “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments” Website

EPA’s Website Overhaul Continues: Climate Resources Left Out of the Update to the “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments” Website

By members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Team: Toly Rinberg, Andrew Bergman, and Eric Nost In the first example of returned ...
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Removing Clean Power Plan Web Resources Undermines Public Engagement

Removing Clean Power Plan Web Resources Undermines Public Engagement

By Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman, members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Committee Originally posted on the UCS Equation On Monday, ...
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The federal agency that few Americans have heard of and which we all need to know

The federal agency that few Americans have heard of and which we all need to know

by Leif Fredrickson, EDGI Member, Op-Ed reblogged from Washington Post. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is key to ...
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Changes to USGS website highlight the importance of search for public access

Changes to USGS website highlight the importance of search for public access

By Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman, members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Committee (Cross-posted on Sunlight Foundation) As has been true ...
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EDGI Highlights Environmental Justice Implications in Part 2 of the First 100 Days and Counting

The first six months of the Trump Administration have reversed decades of progress toward environmental justice. The Environmental Data and ...
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Wrapping up Google Summer of Code 2017

Wrapping up Google Summer of Code 2017

EDGI is grateful to have participated in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) for the first time in 2017. Our mentoring ...
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Towards an Environmental Data Justice Statement: Initial Thoughts

Towards an Environmental Data Justice Statement: Initial Thoughts

On August 28 at Northeastern University in Boston, EDGI convened an interdisciplinary group of Science and Technology Studies (STS) scholars, ...
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Google Summer of Code 2017: Harsh Baid – Data Visualizations

Written by Harsh Baid. Reblogged with permission from Harsh Baid’s Blog: http://harshbaid.com/blog/2017/working-with-edgi/ Introduction Over the past 3 months, as part ...
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Environmental and Public Interest Groups Condemn Racist Violence and Intolerance in Charlottesville, Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A broad coalition of environmental, public health and public interest groups, including prominent African American and Latino ...
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Google Summer of Code 2017: Janak Raj Chadha – Web Monitoring Project

Written by Janak Raj Chadha. Identifying and Prioritizing Important Website Changes Introduction The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) is ...
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Removals and Access Reductions on the USDA’s “Climate Hubs” Website Prompt Concerns About Transparency and Public Access

Removals and Access Reductions on the USDA’s “Climate Hubs” Website Prompt Concerns About Transparency and Public Access

By Members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Committee: Andrew Bergman (@andmbergman), Toly Rinberg, and Gretchen Gehrke  (For inquiries, please contact edgi.websitemonitoring@protonmail.com) ...
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EDGI at Web Archiving Week!

Three members of EDGI attended Web Archiving Week, #waweek2017, held in London from June 12 – 16, 2017. Located at ...
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California Oil Spill

The Environmental Protection Agency is not the nation’s janitor

by Leif Fredrickson, EDGI Member, Op-Ed reblogged from The Guardian. ‘The EPA began in 1970 as an agency charged with ...
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Join EDGI with the DataKind DataCorps

Join EDGI with the DataKind DataCorps

We are excited to announce that we will be working with DataKind and DataCorps volunteers in the coming months on ...
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EDGI awarded J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award by Society of American Archivists

EDGI awarded J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award by Society of American Archivists

EDGI is delighted to announce that we are the 2017 recipient of the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award given ...
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Scott Pruitt is wrong about the origins of the EPA

Scott Pruitt is wrong about the origins of the EPA

by Leif Fredrickson, EDGI Member, Op-Ed reblogged from Washington Post. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt doesn’t understand his own agency’s history ...
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Missing EPA Endangerment Finding Web Resources Reignite Confusion: Continued Mismanagement Following the EPA Climate Change Website Overhaul

By EDGI’s Website Monitoring Committee: Toly Rinberg, Andrew Bergman, Maya Anjur-Dietrich, and Gretchen Gehrke (For inquiries, please contact edgi.websitemonitoring@protonmail.com) July 12, ...
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Cleaning up toxic sites shouldn’t clear out the neighbors

Cleaning up toxic sites shouldn’t clear out the neighbors

by Lindsey Dillon, EDGI Member, Op-Ed reblogged from The Conversation. Abandoned industrial buildings at San Francisco’s Pier 70, with a smokestack in ...
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Next Phase of Archiving: Data Together

Next Phase of Archiving: Data Together

EDGI has been working diligently to plan for the future based on overwhelming and ongoing interest in data archiving and ...
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Trump and Pruitt are the biggest threat to the EPA in its 47 years of existence

Trump and Pruitt are the biggest threat to the EPA in its 47 years of existence

by Christopher Sellers, EDGI Member, Op-Ed reblogged from Vox Media. Pruitt has been packing the EPA with climate skeptics and ...
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Overhaul of the EPA’s Clean Water Rule Website Removes Information and Reduces Public Access to Resources

Overhaul of the EPA’s Clean Water Rule Website Removes Information and Reduces Public Access to Resources

By EDGI’s Website Monitoring Committee: Gretchen Gehrke, Maya Anjur-Dietrich, Andrew Bergman, and Toly Rinberg (For inquiries, please contact edgi.websitemonitoring@protonmail.com) June 30, ...
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Recap on Mozilla Global Sprint

Recap on Mozilla Global Sprint

The EDGI tech team had a great time at the Mozilla Global Sprint from June 1-2, 2017! We identified some ...
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EDGI’s new “Accomplishments” report is published!

EDGI just published a new report covering our activities since mid-November until the beginning of May! Some highlights: We’ve dramatically ...
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Errors in the January 19 snapshot of EPA.gov are problematic from transparency, data preservation, and information access standpoints and may have legal implications

Errors in the January 19 snapshot of EPA.gov are problematic from transparency, data preservation, and information access standpoints and may have legal implications

By Sarah Lamdan, Director of Legal Research, and members of the Website Tracking Committee: Andrew Bergman, Maya Anjur-Dietrich, Gretchen Gehrke, ...
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The announced overhaul of EPA.gov has already begun and pages relating to climate change are currently inaccessible

Statement by EDGI’s Website Tracking Committee April 28, 2017 11:00 PM ET—This evening, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...
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Join us Sat, April 22, and March for Science!

EDGI is excited to sign on as an official partner of the #MarchforScience! We support the march’s mission, goals, and ...
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Launch of EDGI HONEST Act White Paper

EDGI’s recently published analysis and research shows that the passage of H.R. 1430, or HONEST Act, would block the EPA ...
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Scott Pruitt’s First Address to the EPA: As Annotated by EDGI

Below you will find an annotated guide to Scott Pruitt’s first address to the EPA on behalf of the Environmental ...
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Protecting Climate Data in Times of Political Turmoil - A Report from Los Angeles

Protecting Climate Data in Times of Political Turmoil – A Report from Los Angeles

by The Southern California Climate Data Protection Project Countless historic settings have demanded archiving as a politically urgent tactic. In ...
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Building an Archive of Vulnerability: #GuerrillaArchiving at #UofT

Building an Archive of Vulnerability: #GuerrillaArchiving at #UofT

by Andrea Muehlebach Re-blogged from PPEHLAB Let me start with the basic fact of how important it is, perhaps now ...
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Field Report: Safeguarding environmental data through “Guerrilla Archiving”

Field Report: Safeguarding environmental data through “Guerrilla Archiving”

by Jessica Caporusso (York University) Environmentalists fear EPA data may change or disappear once Trump takes office. These hackers want ...
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Our first archive-a-thon tomorrow!

We are almost at 40 members! In just a couple weeks we have grown tremendously and received a wellspring of ...
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More press than we can keep track of!

Yesterday Michelle Murphy, who is leading our Toronto event, fielded interviews from CNN, BBC, CBC, time, NPR, vice. It is ...
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