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October 20, 2009

‘Fuzzy’ Documents at 9/11 Document Archive

Filed under: Document Collection — kevinfenton @ 1:33 pm

As anyone who has spent any amount of time at the 9/11 Document Archive at Scribd will know, some of the 9/11 Commission documents we (i.e. Erik) found at the National Archives and uploaded there were fuzzy and either hard-to-read or unreadable. We never really worked out what caused it, as the documents we uploaded were fine, and they were fine when we downloaded them again, but just displayed fuzzy in the web application Scribd uses.

We contacted Scribd and, although we don’t know whether they did anything, the problem went away after a while.

I went through the documents we uploaded a couple of days ago, and the fuzzy issue seemed to have affected the first approximately 600 (out of a total of 8,000 documents). I am now going through the fuzzy documents and “unfuzzying” them (i.e. downloading and re-uploading them). This will take a while, but the first approximately 150 have already been done. Hopefully, I will be finished by next week or so.

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