Found and liberated: DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report

February 8, 2017 by
Filed under: Doc of the day, post 

On January 25, we blogged that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report has been summarily discontinued. This report provided a daily curated selection of articles/links/summaries to open source articles about various areas of U.S. critical infrastructure.

Effective January 18, 2017, the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) is discontinuing the DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report. The discontinuation of this report is part of broader efforts to more efficiently focus resources towards the highest priority needs of the critical infrastructure security and resilience community. IP is committed to working closely with our public and private sector partners in identifying innovative approaches to exchanging information in a timely and actionable manner to further support risk mitigation activities.

One reader, Dr. Megan Squire, a CS professor at Elon University, took it upon herself to harvest the reports (2,151 PDF files!) and deposit them in the Internet Archive. These are now part of the Internet Archive’s growing Government Documents collection. Thanks Megan for this work! I hope our readers will take up the “rogue internet archivist” mantle and collect and preserve digital government information in all its guises and at all levels!!

On January 18, 2017 the US Department of Homeland Security discontinued its Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report service which it had run since October 2006. To enable researchers to study the content of these reports, I collected as many as I could find (2,151 PDF files) and released them to the Internet Archive. You can find them here: DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Reports 2006-2017

The PDF files came from the following URLs:

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/
https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/nppd/ip/daily-report/
https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/

And when these yielded 404 errors (which they did for most pre-2013 files) I used the Internet Archive itself, with the following URL base:

http://web.archive.org/web/20061101153326/https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/[filename]

via Found and liberated 2,151 missing DHS files – Megan’s Blog.

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