What’s New in the JFK Files? [A Topic Map Could Help Answer That Question]

The JFK Files: Calling On Citizen Reporters

From the webpage:

The government has released long-secret files on John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and we want your help.

The files are among the last to be released by the National Archives under a 1992 law that ordered the government to make public all remaining documents pertaining to the assassination. Other files are being withheld because of what the White House says are national security, law enforcement and foreign policy concerns.

There has long been a trove of conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy’s murder in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, including doubts about whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, as the Warren Commission determined in its report the following year.

Here’s where you come in. Read the documents linked here. If you find news or noteworthy nuggets among the pages, share them with us on the document below. If we use what you find, we’ll be sure to give you a shoutout!

Given the linear feet of existing files, finding new nuggets or aligning them with old nuggets in the original files, is going to be a slow process.

What more, you or I may find the exact nugget needed to connect dots for someone else, but since we all read, search, and maintain our searches separately, effective sharing of those nuggets won’t happen.

Depending on the granularity of a topic map over those same materials, confirmation of Oswald’s known whereabouts and who reported those could be easily examined and compared to new (if any) whereabouts information in these files. If new files confirm what is known, researchers could skip that material and move to subjects unknown in the original files.

A non-trivial encoding task but full details have been delayed pending another round of hiding professional incompetence. A topic map will help you ferret out the incompetents seeking to hide in the last releases of documents. Interested?

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