We’re Hiring: Remote Project Manager

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The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) is searching for a Remote Project Manager for a three-quarter time position for 6 months or half time position for 9 months who will help us plan our technical architecture, direct development, and coordinate with volunteers and other organizations around our Website Monitoring project. The position will begin […]

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

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By Members of EDGI’s Website Monitoring Committee: Andrew Bergman (@andmbergman), Toly Rinberg, and Gretchen Gehrke  (For inquiries, please contact edgi.websitemonitoring@protonmail.com)   August 3, 2017 – Between the evenings of July 27 and July 28, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) removed substantial portions of its Climate Hubs website, hosted at the URL https://www.climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/. This is how […]

EDGI at Web Archiving Week!

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Three members of EDGI attended Web Archiving Week, #waweek2017, held in London from June 12 – 16, 2017. Located at the Senate House, University of London and the British Library Knowledge Centre, the week consisted of three events: Archives Unleashed 4.0 Datathon, International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) Web Archiving Conference (WAC) 2017, and RESAW (a […]

Join EDGI with the DataKind DataCorps

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We are excited to announce that we will be working with DataKind and DataCorps volunteers in the coming months on “Filtering and Classification to Automate the Protection of Environmental Government Data” around our Website Monitoring project! Launched in 2011, DataKind has offices world-wide and looks to bring volunteers and together with organizations focused on social […]

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

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EDGI is delighted to announce that we are the 2017 recipient of the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA)! The award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs. This award recognizes the work of EDGI […]

Scott Pruitt is wrong about the origins of the EPA

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by Leif Fredrickson EDGI Member Op-Ed reblogged from Washington Post. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt doesn’t understand his own agency’s history. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)   Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has set a “back-to-basics” agenda for the agency. In media interviews, he refers to himself as an “EPA originalist.” What on earth […]

Missing EPA Endangerment Finding Web Resources Reignite Confusion: Continued Mismanagement Following the EPA Climate Change Website Overhaul

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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, 2017 — On July 11, E&E News reported that resources relating to the EPA’s Endangerment Finding [1], linked from the EPA’s “Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases under the Section 202(a) of the […]

Next Phase of Archiving: Data Together

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EDGI has been working diligently to plan for the future based on overwhelming and ongoing interest in data archiving and engagement with government data! Thanks to everyone who participated in the DataRescue Townhall on April 1, and also to the event organizers, attendees, and members of librarian, archival, and environmental advocacy communities who provided feedback […]

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

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by Christopher Sellers EDGI Member Op-Ed reblogged from Vox Media. Pruitt has been packing the EPA with climate skeptics and following through on Trump’s campaign promises to give “relief” to fossil fuel interests. (Andrew Harnik/AP)   The Trump administration is on track to damage the agency even more than the Reagan administration. It’s been quite […]

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

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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, 2017 — On Tuesday, June 27, the EPA formally proposed a rule to rescind the Obama administration’s 2015 Clean Water Rule, which extended the authority of the federal government to regulate pollution in more […]