Deep Dives Research Challenge
Thus far, each Deep Dives has been wide open and though we’ve hinted at guiding future research challenges, the unconstrained nature of the current format has produced some excellent results. Therefore, we’ve decided to keep the format the same for now and hope all you deep diving researchers out there continue doing exactly what you’ve been doing.
The FBI Vault
Online access to the FBI Vault was made available in 2011. At the time, there were approximately 2,000 government documents open to the general public. Seven years on, the Vault media archive has expanded to approximately 6,700 files. The website offers users the ability to search key words, topics and persons and also provides a built-in document viewer for convenience.
Included here are many new FBI files that have been released to the public but never added to this website; dozens of records previously posted on our site but removed as requests diminished; files from our previous FOIA Library, and new, previously unreleased files.
Appearing in the Vault electronic reading room collection are a plethora of familiar names and notable personalities.
Featuring searchable dossiers on characters as wide-ranging as Al Capone, Marilyn Monroe, Notorious B.I.G. and the 9/11 hijackers...
"The new website significantly increases the number of available FBI files, enhances the speed at which the files can be accessed, and contains a robust search capability," David Hardy, chief of the FBI's Records Management Division, said in a statement. "It reflects a strong commitment to build public trust and confidence through greater public access to FBI records."
The Vault also has an alphabetical index that can be quite useful to researchers. The FBI also maintains a Twitter page that posts up-to-date news and developments.
You can check out the FBI Twitter feed here for the latest.
This is our first plunge into the FBI Vault with @deepdives.
Participants are encouraged to select their own topic for research depending on individual interest. We hope you unearth a few gems.
You never know what will turn up.
The Vault Archive Challenge
- Search the FBI Vault archive at vault.fbi.gov
- Find an overlooked, underrated, underreported or obscure FBI / Government / Law Enforcement document on a topic that interests you.
- Build a post around your findings
- Provide additional sources to make your case and strengthen your position
- Explain the significance of the document and why it’s an important piece of news that should be communicated to the public.
- Help spread the word, resteem this post
- Limited to 1 contest entry per account
- Submissions must be made in a separate post (not in the comments)
- Submissions must be posted before the deadline (UTC - Friday July 27th 02:00 2018)
- This research challenge is open for 2 weeks !
- Use the lead tag “deepdives”
- Your entry must include references to a document/documents found in the FBI Vault archive.
- Provide a link to the specific document or page
- Make an attempt to keep your post concise and to the point
- You may leave a link to your entry in the comments below
- Please, do not plagiarize the work of others
Note: Longer entries with multiple links and references does not equate to higher quality. Clear and concise work with a handful of supporting sources are preferable.
The Winning Post Should
Meet the rules criteria
Winners will be announced 48hrs after submission deadline
Original Content (not widely reported on in the media)
Significance should be clearly articulated
3 Outstanding contributions will be acknowledged
• Liquid SBD earned by the original contest post will make up the total rewards
o Example: 100 SBD – 1st place = 50% // 2nd = 30% // 3rd = 20%
• Bonus @v4vapid & @ausbitbank upvotes and resteems for exceptional and/or original contributions
• SP earned from challenge announcements and the winner’s announcements will go to the community account @deepdives.
Those that do not ‘win’ should not view their work and efforts as being wasted. All submissions are valuable and will be contributing to building a body of research on the blockchain. We hope that contributors support each other’s efforts wherever possible whether by sharing tips, links or through constructive feedback to their fellow researchers.
Deep Dives Community
Deep Dives Aims
- Promote original content
- Promote investigative journalism
- Promote focused and quality research
- Encourage community engagement
- Encourage collaboration and teamwork
- Recognize and reward high quality original content
Over time, Deep Dives aims to build a repository of high quality research and original content preserved on the blockchain.
We hope you join us in building this unique resource.
It truly is a community effort and your exceptional contributions are what fuels this project.
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