"Alaska’s decision to provide only paper copies has been puzzling. While nothing in the state’s public records law requires the state to provide records in electronic form, public agencies are “encouraged” to “make information available in usable electronic formats to the greatest extent feasible.” Though government agencies have fumbled on redactions in the past, software certainly exists to safely redact electronic data. ...
Various news agencies have joined the scramble to sift through the documents and restore them to an electronic format."
"Today's release of the Palin emails is prompting frustration among reporters, environmentalists and people who know how to use computers over the fact that the documents are being delivered in the form of a huge, $700+ stack of paper. ... this decision is being attributed to the difficulty of performing redaction properly within an all-digital system. ... Redaction mistakes do happen -- the brilliant Tim Lee recently released some interesting work showing how to quantify just how often -- but doing it properly isn't rocket science."
"The news media have descended here en masse to sift through the trove, with many organizations sending teams of reporters and database specialists to comb the documents and post them online. ... some news organizations are setting up elaborate systems for scanning them and inviting the public to help search them online. MSNBC.com, ProPublica and Mother Jones magazine are working with a research company to create an online database of the documents. ... The New York Times and other news organizations intend to assemble their own searchable online databases of the documents, and some, including The Times, were asking readers Thursday to help reporters sift through the voluminous correspondence in the coming days. "
"Each person or organization who requested copies will get five 55-pound boxes of documents at three cents a page, or $725.97. The price is down significantly from 2008, when Palin’s office told news organizations that the e-mails could cost as much as $15 million. "
"Over 24,000 e-mail messages to and from Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska's governor will be released Friday . We’ll be posting them here, and are inviting you to comment on the most interesting or most noteworthy sections. ... For micro-updates as tomorrow unfolds, check out our new Twitter feed [@PalinEmails]."
"This collection contains over 24,000 e-mails from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s administration and was obtained in June 2011, more than two and a half years after the public records request for these materials. Crivella West, at its own expense, converted the paper copies of the e-mails produced back into searchable digital copies and made the digital copies available to the public without charge."
"[A] free, public, searchable archive will go online, later on Friday, at http://palinemail.msnbc.msn.com. If you find interesting documents in either place, post details here, giving enough information to help us find that email so we can provide the full document, in context."