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Web Archive on the October 1, 2017 Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada (MS-00866)

Abstract

The collection is comprised of captured websites and Twitter data related to the mass shooting that occured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017. Captured websites are primarily comprised of articles and news stories from local, national, and international news media outlets. Websites were captured periodically from 2017 to 2018. The collection also includes Twitter data associated with the October 1 shooting that were captured via concurrent queries to the Twitter API for all Tweets containing the term “vegas” occuring September 29, 2017 to October 7, 2017.

Finding Aid PDF
Date
2017 to 2018
Extent
220 websites (599.600 GB) WARC
13 digital_files (288.000 GB) JPG, JSON, PNG, TXT, ZIP
Access Note

The archived websites in Series I is available for access at: https://n2t.net/ark:/62930/w1159p.

The public Tweet identifiers in Series II are available for access at: https://n2t.net/ark:/62930/d12v2ch23. At this time, Tweet identifiers can be used to reconstitute the datasets via Twitter’s API with the “hydrate” function of twarc.

In accordance with Twitter's Terms of Service, the full dataset of Twitter data is accessible only to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Data can be used for educational purposes. IP-restricted access is provided via UNLV University Libraries at: https://n2t.net/ark:/62930/d1z31nv8w. Due to the size of the dataset, direct file transfer is also available at the UNLV Lied Library during Special Collections and Archives hours of operation. Visit the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room located on the third floor of the Lied Library to receive a direct transfer of files. For specific questions, please contact special.collections@unlv.edu.

Publication Rights

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.

In adherence to Twitter’s Terms of Service, the full Twitter dataset in Series II is only accessible onsite at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Collection Type
Scope and Contents Note

The collection is comprised of captured websites and Twitter data related to the mass shooting that occured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017. Captured websites are primarily comprised of articles and news stories from local, national, and international news media outlets. Websites were captured periodically from 2017 to 2018. The collection also includes Twitter data associated with the October 1 shooting that were captured via concurrent queries to the Twitter API for all Tweets containing the term “vegas” occuring September 29, 2017 to October 7, 2017.

Technical Requirements

The Tweet identifiers can be used to retrieve the full tweet data from Twitter. Hydrator, an Electron based desktop application, was created for that purpose. Users can download Hydrator at the following URL: https://github.com/DocNow/hydrator

Biographical / Historical Note

On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of over 22,000 people in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, resulting in the deaths of 58 people and injuries to over 500 people. The gunman, Stephen Paddock, fired down upon the crowd for over ten minutes from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard and then fatally shot himself as law enforcement officers closed in on him.

Source:

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, "LVMPD Preliminary Investigative Report: 1

October/Mass Casualty Shooting" Last modified January 18, 2018. https://www.lvmpd.com/en-us/

Documents/1_October_FIT_Report_01-18-2018_Footnoted.pdf

Arrangement

The collection is organized into two series:

I. Web Archive;

II. Twitter Dataset.

Preferred Citation

Web Archive on the October 1, 2017 Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, 2017-2018. MS-00866. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NVLN::MS00866
Acquisition Note

The Twitter data was collected by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries in 2017 using twarc; the archived websites were collected by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries in 2017 and 2018.

Processing Note

The content in this collection was identified using two methods: Twitter datasets were captured in 2017 by Thomas Padilla who used used twarc to search for and capture all Tweets containing the term “vegas” occurring between September 29 to October 7, 2017 before 5:00 PM PT.

UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives staff selected websites to archive based on a list of frequently shared links represented from the Twitter dataset. Archived websites were captured, preserved, and managed using Archive-It, a web archiving subscription service. Archived website captures were managed periodically by Tammi Kim from 2017 to 2018. Descriptive metadata for the finding aid was created by Tammi Kim in 2018.

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