Posted on November 7, 2008
A visual, tagged database of Election Night screen grabs
One of our doctoral students spent Election Night grabbing screen captures from 98 different news Web sites, from about 11:30 P.M. EST until almost 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. The fruits of his labor are viewable at Iterasi, a free Web site that allows you to capture and save any Web page — with all its text selectable and its links still clickable — with a single click. How cool is that?
Each page you capture is stored in a personal account, which you can choose to share with others, or not. The exact time when you saved the page is stored with the page itself, and you can tag each page as you prefer.
Iterasi is in a free beta right now — I’m betting they will charge for this service at some point, because it certainly would be a fabulous tool for use in all kinds of research projects. There’s no download or software required other than a simple browser plug-in (IE or Firefox).
Thanks to Gary Ritzenthaler for doing the screen grabs and sharing his data.