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PROJECT TOXICDOCS

Published on: January 30, 2018

Filed Under: Connections to Today, Featured

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New Data Base of Once Secret Industrial Pollutants including Agent Orange at  https://www.toxicdocs.org/
https://www.toxicdocs.org/blog/toxic-announce/

A 350-Word Announcement on a Huge Publicly Available Database of Once-Secret Documents about Major Industrial Poisons (3 minute read)

Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
City University of New York, Graduate Center

E-mail: contact@toxicdocs.org<mailto:contact@toxicdocs.org>
Web: www.toxicdocs.org<http://www.toxicdocs.org/>
Facebook www.facebook.com/ToxicDocs<http://www.facebook.com/ToxicDocs>
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ToxicDocs<http://www.twitter.com/ToxicDocs>

Q: What is ToxicDocs.org?
A: It’s a dataset consisting of 20 million+ pages of once-secret material on deadly poisons: asbestos, benzene, PCBs, polyvinyl chloride, silica, and lead. Our website helps you navigate it easily.

Q: I’m a visual learner. Is there a way I can get a sense of your site without reading this?
A: Yes, check out our video<https://www.facebook.com/ToxicDocs/videos/904999949665661/>. (You don’t need to be on Facebook.)

Q: 20 million pages. That’s it?
A: No. More will be added in the coming months and years.

Q: Could this project have been done 10 years ago?
A: Absolutely not. We’ve leveraged huge developments in high-throughput and parallel/cloud computing to make this stuff available and full-text searchable. It’s taken three years to figure it out. We’ll be writing more about the “Big Data” technology behind the site throughout the year on our blog, but here<https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41271-017-0106-8>’s a good start.

Q: What exactly is in this material?
A: These records include secret meeting minutes of trade associations; memos between executives and scientists about safety; public relations strategies; published and unpublished scientific studies, and a lot more.

Q: Are there other substances besides these six?
A: Yes. Many industrial firms had their hands in so many aspects of production that you are bound to find material on your substance of interest.

Q: Do you plan to have material beyond these initial areas?
A: Definitely. Stay tuned.

Q: Is this free?
A: Yes.

Q: Will you ever charge “subscription fees” to, say, community health advocates?
A: Absolutely not. Our slogan is “Free and Open to All.”

Q: Are these ‘leaked’ documents?
A: No. We aren’t Wikileaks. We do not accepted leaked material.

Q: Who likes your site?
A: Legendary consumer advocate Erin Brockovich<http://https//www.facebook.com/ErinBrockovichOfficial/posts/10159914769385494> and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse<http://https//link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41271-017-0105-9>, for starters!

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