The documents are to be released at 9 a.m. Alaska time on Friday — 1 p.m. in New York — and 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 company, Crivella West, created a similar database last year when the state released a much smaller set of documents related to the involvement of Ms. Palin’s husband, Todd, with state government.
The company has not said when exactly its new database will be ready. “But it’ll be as fast as anybody can do it,” said Richard Ekstrom, the company’s chief operating officer.
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
The reporters will also twitter out findings so be sure to keep an eye on the #PalinEmails twitter tracker that Patrick has placed in the sidebar at the top of the page. Who knows what morsels might be found there as twitter is often responsible for breaking many stories.
I know that many of you intend scouring the emails looking for those which Sarah claims “were obviously not made for public consumption” or which evidently should not be “taken out of context.” Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org with any interesting titbits or leave them here in the comments. I will post any useable information received by email asap as updates to this post.