New Report Shows Pattern Under Trump of Federal Agencies Removing Public Information Prior to Environmental Proceedings

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 25, 2021 CONTACT: For media inquiries, including interviews with report authors, please contact EDGI communications coordinator Shannan Lenke Stoll, ShannanStoll.edgi@gmail.com. New Report Shows Pattern Under Trump of Federal Agencies Removing Public Information Prior to Environmental Proceedings February 25, 2021 — Today, the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) releases Access Denied: Federal […]

EDGI supports Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Principles

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By Kelsey Breseman EDGI began back in 2016, when a massive data-saving movement launched in response to the realization that critical scientific data would be endangered by an anti-science Trump administration. Since then, EDGI has monitored changes to environmental information on federal websites. It has also explored the potential for community-driven data stewardship—through a decentralized […]

Goodbye Homeland Security, Hello Emergency Response: EPA Renames a Major Research Initiative

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Between January 4, 2021 (left) and January 19, 2021 (right), EPA’s Homeland Security Research webpage began redirecting to a new webpage, Emergency Response Research. Welcome! This post is part of the EDGI Website Monitoring Team’s “Change of the Week” blog series. The purpose of this series is to highlight interesting changes we have observed in […]

EDGI Releases Dataset of Federal Environmental Website Changes Under Trump

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February 10, 2021 — Today, the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) publishes searchable records of approximately 1,500 changes to federal agency environmental webpages under the Trump administration. For four years, EDGI’s website monitoring team has identified and catalogued significant changes to federal websites using their open source monitoring software. EDGI’s Federal Environmental Web Tracker makes records of significant changes publicly available.

How EDGI’s Website Monitoring Team Uses an Open Source Tool to Identify Website Changes—and How You Can, Too

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By Alejandro Paz and Gretchen Gehrke Website monitoring is critical for raising public awareness about federal management of public information. In 2017, EDGI’s website monitoring software development team developed a suite of tools to identify and visualize changes between different versions of a single webpage. In 2019, our partner the Internet Archive integrated EDGI’s open […]

EPA Administrator Pick Michael Regan’s Enforcement Track Record is Promising

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Michael Regan was nominated to be US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator by then-President-elect Biden in December 2020 and will face Senate confirmation in the upcoming weeks. The enforcement of the US’s most important environmental and public health protection laws, like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, plummeted under Trump. What might we expect from the EPA if Regan is confirmed? Regan’s time as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) may provide some clues.

EDGI Wins $20,000 to Co-Develop Environmental Data Infrastructures With Community Groups

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Panel speakers at EEW’s public event “Democratizing Environmental Data” in October 2020 The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) is excited to announce receipt of a $20,000 grant from Code for Science & Society’s new Virtual Events Fund, made possible by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. This grant will enable EDGI’s […]

Undermining the Importance of the U.S. Global Change Research Program Efforts to Address Climate Change

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The U.S. Global Change Research Program “USGCRP’s Role” webpage (shown on the left) became a restricted access page after March 5, 2018 (shown on the right).  Welcome! This post is part of the EDGI Website Monitoring Team’s “Change of the Week” blog series. The purpose of this series is to highlight interesting changes we have […]