A Sad Day for Demographers

The government shutdown has affected many government websites and data operations. And, in fact, it is useful to look at this sortable table to see how many furloughed workers there are by agency (Commerce is 87%). Below are links to some compilations – some might be useful as images to use in presentations:

[Slideshow of shuttered government websites] via @phylogenomics
[Fact-checking websites shutdown] via @PolitiFact

Here’s a re-cap by the WSJ on how to keep track of the economy during the government shutdown. Losing access to the federal statistical system is quite crippling.

How to Track the Economy During A Government Shutdown
Josh Mitchell and Jeffrey Sparshott | Wall Street Journal
October 1, 2013

Finally, there is a work-around to reaching shuttered government websites via the internet archive. However, the access is slow and some of the data-access tools don’t work. For instance CDC Wonder gets stuck in an “I agree” loop.

internet archive feature

The internet archive has even hard-coded archival links to many of the shuttered websites, but I find this access slow – perhaps because everyone is using the same portal. Still, this is a useful link for posterity:

Blacked Out Government Websites Available Through Wayback Machine
Posted on October 2, 2013 by brewster

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