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    byardduncan is offline Verified Journalist/Community Manager for Center of Investigative Reportin
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    Try Reveal's new tool to search missing/unidentified databases!

    Greetings, Web Sleuths! Byard Duncan here, community manager at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.


    I wanted to let you know that we've created a new web tool that we think will help the public (and you folks specifically) more easily find matches between the federal "missing" and "unidentified" databases. We're calling it "The Lost & The Found."


    Here's the link for the tool: http://ow.ly/RHrzf



    And we've written up an explanation of how to use it: http://ow.ly/RHrHV


    We'd love to get your feedback. If you have questions, or an idea about how to improve it, we're all ears. Drop me a note here on the forum, or write me at bduncan@cironline.org. I'll be listening closely here and reporting back immediately to our data visualization team with any and all feedback from the Web Sleuths.

    Thanks so much for taking a look.
    Last edited by byardduncan; 09-03-2015 at 01:00 PM.

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    I used it last night, the interface makes comparisons a lot easier. You've done a great job with the UI imo.
    thanks so much for all the work that went into this!

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    byardduncan is offline Verified Journalist/Community Manager for Center of Investigative Reportin
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    Thanks so much for trying it out! Let me know if there's anything you would like to see improved. You guys are our master testers.

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    Can you give us a brief description here of how it works?
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

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    byardduncan is offline Verified Journalist/Community Manager for Center of Investigative Reportin
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    Yessir! The tool has two scrolling bars: missing and unidentified. On the left hand side, you can narrow who shows up in the missing and unidentified categories by adjusting fields like "age" and "region." So for example, you'll see the number of cases decrease if you narrow the state to, say, Massachusetts – and if you narrow the gender to just male.

    Here's a YouTube tutorial from our lead news applications developer:



    Let me know if this helps.

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by byardduncan View Post
    Yessir! The tool has two scrolling bars: missing and unidentified. On the left hand side, you can narrow who shows up in the missing and unidentified categories by adjusting fields like "age" and "region." So for example, you'll see the number of cases decrease if you narrow the state to, say, Massachusetts and if you narrow the gender to just male.

    Here's a YouTube tutorial from our lead news applications developer:



    Let me know if this helps.

    Cool! Pssst, I'm female. My avatar is of my missing cousin, who is male.
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

    Parents watch your children. Free-range parenting leads to more child victims.

    Cruelty to humans begins with cruelty to animals.

    I believe in closure, not forgiveness. I'm also unapologetically judgemental.

    JeSuisJuif
    JeSuisCharlie


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    Question

    Quote Originally Posted by byardduncan View Post

    I have another question for you that I e-mailed. How many possible matches can be submitted?
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

    Parents watch your children. Free-range parenting leads to more child victims.

    Cruelty to humans begins with cruelty to animals.

    I believe in closure, not forgiveness. I'm also unapologetically judgemental.

    JeSuisJuif
    JeSuisCharlie


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    Very cool tool. Great work on the development, the interface is very easy to use. Thank you.

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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by ModMaiden View Post
    Very cool tool. Great work on the development, the interface is very easy to use. Thank you.
    Thanks to this tool, I may have identified the missing persons in one or both of my pet cases! I've found a couple of very similar matches.
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

    Parents watch your children. Free-range parenting leads to more child victims.

    Cruelty to humans begins with cruelty to animals.

    I believe in closure, not forgiveness. I'm also unapologetically judgemental.

    JeSuisJuif
    JeSuisCharlie



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    Is there an option for sorting the results by county?
    Last edited by Donjeta; 09-04-2015 at 06:27 PM.

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    America's missing


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    Can The Unidentified only be seen blurred?
    I'm italian, so please forgive my poor English. And let me know if I am wrong. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElsaMaria View Post
    Can The Unidentified only be seen blurred?
    No, you can uncheck that preference. That is the default so noone is shocked. I haven't seen anything that gruesome on there yet...
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

    Parents watch your children. Free-range parenting leads to more child victims.

    Cruelty to humans begins with cruelty to animals.

    I believe in closure, not forgiveness. I'm also unapologetically judgemental.

    JeSuisJuif
    JeSuisCharlie


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    Amazing tool!

    I often go to the old articles on Google, looking for unidentified buried etc...
    This tool makes it so easy to check anyone missing!
    Much easier than checking with Namus or Charleyproject...

    I do have one complaint though...
    It should also check people BEFORE 1950.
    I think that's my only complaint, lol.
    Great, awesome, wow!
    Amazing tool! Thank you!

    WooHoo!

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