Digitising documents

Further to the launch of Kildare Street, I have been attempting to build a digital database of important documents and reports.

For now the provisional list is over at Public Inquiry, but I hope to either build a dedicated website to house these documents, or perhaps wikify the whole thing.

I recently got my hands on the Ansbacher Report (all 560Mb of it), and will upload the entirety. I went to the Government Publications Office yesterday looking for the Beef Tribunal report, but it was nowhere to be found and they directed me to the Department of Agriculture of all places. Other reports to be included will be the McCracken Tribunal report, the Dean Lyons report, the Ferns report, among others.

Feel free to suggest any other reports that should be included.

14 thoughts on “Digitising documents”

  1. its pity that the reports don’t have the images/slides/maps

    eps for the planning tribunals

    copyright i suspect?

    fecking osi

  2. No copyright issue that i am aware of. I did ask for maps from the Mahon tribunal, i was literally laughed at.

  3. Hi Gavin

    You might be interested to know that Indymedia Ireland got their hands on a CD copy of Ansbacher report when it was published. It was ripped and published in its entirity on the web.

    This was done because one day we saw a front page report on Irish times stating that it was not to be published on the web because of legal concerns about it being published abroad.

    The irish times was contacted a couple of days after their front page headline with the news that citizens had taken it upon themselves to publish it on the web. They of course allowed this to go down the memory hole and never mentioned it.

    Here’s the old feature http://www.indymedia.ie/article/60034

  4. Well I think it was taken down at some point more or less accidentaly as the site has moved server several times since – and it was hosted offsite somewhere ‘temporary’ at the time. It’s a big site with a sprawling archive and only volunteers.

  5. I think that it should be mandatory for all planning applications to be online for people to view – You have a situation at present where Local Authorities have them on view but only office hours monday to friday and charge quite a lot for copies of them as well

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