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Sunday, 28th November 2010

Tools to Access, Search, Browse, and Visualize U.S. Embassy Cables Being Released by Wikileaks

As Wikileaks continues to release leaked diplomatic cables (with many more to come) from U.S. Embassies, several news organizations who were given early access to some of the docs are making a number of additional resources available online. As of today, 220 (full text) out 251,287 are a available. Metadata for most of the documents has BEEN RELEASED.

Here's a look at a sources and search tools.

1. Direct From Wikileaks: "Secret US Embassy Cables"
Note: Updated Using IP Address on 12/3/2010

+ Browse by Release Date (Documents Will Be Released Over the Coming Months)
+ By Creation Data (1966-2010)
+ Browse by Origin
+ Browse by Tag
+ Browse by Classification

A number of facts about the document set are provided as well as several bar graphs:
UPDATE 12/3/2010: Tableau Software has taken the graphics linked below offline.

+ Cables by origin and classification

+ Cables by Subject

+ Cables by Country

+ Cables by Organization

+ Cables by Program

+ Cables by Topic

2. From The Guardian: Search by Keyword or Browse by Map

Select from a controlled list of subjects, originating embassies, and people.

Map/Table: Where do the cables come from? and Storyline of Cables Sent in the Weeks Around 9/11 - Click on a Cable to Find Out Tags

Links to download raw data for map and table at the bottom of this page.

Glossary of Abbreviations Used in Docs (via The Guardian, Google Docs)

Virtual Ticker of Documents

3. From StateLogs: Search and Browse Cables (More to Come)

This FAQ that Looks at the Structure of a Cable.

StateLogs comes from OWNI (a digital journalism group), Slate.fr, and lesoir.be is live blogging the release of the documents and reaction to them.

Finally, OWNI is using technology from OpenCalais, GoogleSearch, GoogleMaps, and MIT's Timeline.

4. "A Selection From the Cache of Diplomatic Dispatches" (via NY Times)

Organized into Three Categories:

+ Candid and Frank Assessments
+ Iranís Nuclear Ambition
+ Diplomats or Spies?

5. Database: Canadian Cables in WikiLeaks (via CBC)

WikiLeaks says it will release the complete text of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables this week, but it started with just about 200. None of the cables in the initial release originated in Canada and very few mentioned Canada at all.

WikiLeaks began by releasing only the dates, sources and tags of all 251,287 cables, more than 2,000 of which originated in Canada

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