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Sqoop, site used by biz reporters, adds DOJ documents

August 29, 2017

Posted by Chris Roush

SqoopSqoop, the site that helps business journalists find stories in Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filings, has added Department of Justice documents to its database.

David Kellum of Sqoop writes, “As a result of your answers, we prioritized adding U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) publications. This includes:

  • Press releases and speech transcripts from the top-level DOJ Office of Public Affairs
  • Releases from 93 U.S. Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) associated with each federal district court1

“The Office of Public Affairs covers the highest profile DOJ activity. Releases from the Attorney’s Offices provide significantly more detail on many cases than what we can cost effectively obtain via PACER, including complaint and indictment attachments, or sentencing details. We now have attorney’s office releases associated with 21 district courts that do not otherwise provide us access to docket data.

“While you may already follow some parts of the DOJ on Twitter, we now offer you better summaries, search of the full release text, and alerting for more complete coverage. The 140-character tweets often fail to give the name of the company or individual being indicted, and these characters are all that is available on Twitter for search purposes. The DOJ also offers direct email alerts via GovDelivery2, but in our testing, we are able to retrieve and alert on DOJ releases much more quickly than when emails are sent from this service. See Latency below.

“We were able to retrieve and index back releases from January 1, 2014 onward, so our DOJ historic corpus is immediately comparable with our existing sources.”

Read more here.

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