Wikileaks US Embassy Cables on Datavisualization. Wikileaks began on Sunday November 28th publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain.
Here’s how media outlets strive to make the data more accessible than its original form. While the data will be released in stages over the next few months to the general public, five publications around the world have had prior access to the material. New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, El País and Der Spiegel were given access on condition that they observed common deadlines over the timings of release. Wikileaks have created a set of interactive visualizations to give an overview over the amount, origin subject, categorization, program, topic and classification of the leaked documents.
The visualizations are created using Tableau Public which seems to have a good adoption in the online journalism space lately. The Guardian shows us in an information graphic where the cables come from. A full-text visualization of the Iraq War Logs. Update (Apr 2012): the exploratory work described in this post has since blossomed into the Overview Project, an open-source large document set visualization tool for investigative journalists and other curious people, and we’ve now completed several stories with this technique.
If you’d like to apply this type of visualization to your own documents, give Overview a try! Last month, my colleague Julian Burgess and I took a shot a peering into the Iraq War Logs by visualizing them in bulk, as opposed to using keyword searches in an attempt to figure out which of the 391,832 SIGACT reports we should be reading.
Other people have created visualizations of this unique document set, such as plots of the incident locations on a map of Iraq, and graphs of monthly casualties. We wanted to go a step further, by designing a visualization based on the the richest part of each report: the free text summary, where a real human describes what happened, in jargon-inflected English. WikiLeaks Archive — A Selection From the Cache of Diplomatic Dispatches - Interactive Feature. Database: Search WikiLeaks cable data - World. WikiLeaks has released the dates, sources and tags of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.
The website says it will release the complete text of all the cables, but it started with just about 200. You can browse the text of the released cables on the WikiLeaks "Cablegate" website. You can use the app below created by CBC News to search the dates and sources of all the cables. You can find cables within a certain date range, or originating from a particular embassy or consulate. Since WikiLeaks has only released the full text of a handful of the cables so far, search results will only show basic information about the cable, such as the tags and where it originated. The data also includes tags, which are codes that indicate topics discussed in the cable. Cable Search BETA. Cables from WikiLeaks. Cablegate's cables: Full-text search. The U.S. Embassy Dispatches - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News. US embassy cables: browse the database.
WikiLeaks embassy cables: download the key data and see how it breaks down. • Remember this is the date, time, sender and tags for each cable - NOT the text of the cable itself WikiLeaks embassy cables revelations cover a huge dataset of official documents: 251,287 dispatches, from more than 250 worldwide US embassies and consulates.
It's a unique picture of US diplomatic language - including over 50,000 documents covering the current Obama administration. But what does the data include? The cables themselves come via the huge Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, or SIPRNet. SIPRNet is the worldwide US military internet system, kept separate from the ordinary civilian internet and run by the Department of Defense in Washington. An embassy dispatch marked SIPDIS is automatically downloaded on to its embassy classified website.
We've broken down the data for you - and you can download the basic details of every cable (without the actual content) below. What can you do with the data? Download the data World government data Development and aid data. The Iraq Warlogs by Wikileaks - Design by OWNI.