Ben Benavides’ “OSINT 2oolkit to Go” is a major publication for the military OSINT community, as well as for anyone who wants to see “how online research is really done.” Ben gave us permission to post his manual on the site. It is available on our Library page, http://theresearchschool.com/library .
Offline browsers offer the opportunity to download an entire site, or section of a site, for later viewing offline and to save the site for future needs. Using one allows you to quickly get everything you need — and more — and leave the site quickly. There are a number of such browsers, but the HTTrack browser is among our favorites. We appreciate its ease of use and general robustness. Are there others you would rather use?
The list research offerings of Investigative Editors and Reporters (IRE) at their computer-assisted reporting convention in Denver in March is touted to top 100 classes, including hands-on training. A peek at the extent of their techniques and training is available at http://www.ire.org/conferences/nicar2016/hands-on-training/
What training programs are being offered this year by others and how do they differ from the IRE program?
We are adding a trio of books to our Library. While designed for writers who are following the Computer-Assisted Reporting model, they are useful to anyone doing the deep dive into the fact pool.
These three books are not for the hit-and-run researcher, who is interested in a quick snapshot. For researchers who are in for the long haul, piecing the parts of the puzzle together over an extended period, these books are a valuable resource.
*Computer-Assisted Research is by Nora Paul and Kathleen A. Hansen
‘*Computer-Assisted Reporting — A Practical Guide (4th Edition) is by Brant Houston
*Mapping for Stories – A Computer-Assisted Reporting Guide is by Jennifer LaFleur and Andy Lehren
All are available through the Investigative Reporters and Editors, http://www.ire.org