Canadian journalist Carl Meyer has turned reportscanada.ca into a one-stop clearinghouse of policy reports from the Canadian government and non-governmental policy organizations.
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The site, a model that journalists around the world could follow, is a deceptively simple site built on a modified Google Blogger platform. All health-related posts are conveniently aggregated here. In a bare-bones style that focuses on keeping things basic and easy to sort, Meyer has cataloged 388 reports since he launched the site in April of 2009.
It’s a brilliant example of how a blog can be turned into a database, and Meyer even takes advantage of the format to generate a nifty Google Map of all his entries. The maps can also be broken down on a city-by-city basis.