Section 2 : How to download the disclosed Canadian files
An article at the link below indicates that the Canadian government put 9,500 UFO “files” (which I think should be 9,500 “pages”) online in 2009.
The Toronto based independent news agency ZlandCommunications has learned that the Canadian government under the leadership of the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has provided open web access to approximately 9,500 UFO files at its archive web site, Library and Archives Canada.
The title of Canada's X-Files release is - Canada's UFOs: Search for the Unknown. This broad-based discharge of previously sequestered information on UFOs differs significantly in content, form and method of release than those of other countries.
The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the French and Danish governments released their UFO files in 2007, 2008 and 2009 amidst extensive international press coverage. The Canadian government's release of its 9,500 UFO files, initially in August 2005 and then in December 2007 was a quiet affair - with no international announcement or press coverage. Only a mere handful of dedicated Canadian UFO researchers were aware of the released files.
Why the Canadian government chose to release its UFO files with no public media notification is still unclear.
The disclosed Canadian UFO files can be found on the website of the “Library and Archives Canada” (a Canadian government website) at the link below:
That website includes documents from the Department of Transport, Department of National Defence, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the National Research Council.
The “Library and Archives Canada” website includes a helpful search page and you can browse the collection by leaving all the fields blank and simply pressing “search”. Using that method, you can click on each of the records, but this is a fairly slow process (although nowhere near as slow and painful as browsing the Footnote.com website’s collection of American UFO documents on a bad day – see the thread entitled Massive UFO disclosure in USA : A challenge for ATS.)
Unfortunately, the official Canadian website does not offer an option for downloading the entire collection of UFO documents.
However, each individual document can be accessed using URLs such as the one below (ending “/e/e110/e002744278.jpg”):
The images have URLs with blocks of consecutive numbering (e.g. URLs ending /e/e110/e002744278.jpg, /e/e110/e002744279.jpg, /e/e110/e002744280.jpg etc etc).
Once the relevant blocks are identified, they can be downloaded quickly and easily using various download managers. I used a free piece of software called “Flashget”.
You can download Flashget free here.
Once it is installed:
(1) Run Flashget,
(2) From the drop down menu next to “New”, select “Add Batch Download”,
(3) In the pop-up box that then appears, next to “URL” enter a URL such as the one above (i.e. data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e110/e002744278.jpg) and replace the digits that change in the number 002744278 in front of the .jpg (e.g. the last four digits) with an asterisk in brackets, i.e. e00274(*).jpg,
(4) In the boxes for “from” and “to” enter the start and end numbers for the relevant block of documents and change the number of Wildcard bytes to 4. For example, for the first block of documents enter “from” 4278 and “to” 9999.
This image shows a copy of the relevant box on Flashget showing the entries made to download the first of the blocks of URLs indicated below:
So far, I have identified the following relatively small number of blocks which account for some 8,044 (out of an expected total of 9,500) page of documentation, all of which start with the URL of data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca:
* from /e/e110/e002744278.jpg to /e/e110/e002749999.jpg
* from /e/e111/e002750306.jpg to /e/e111/e002751233.jpg
* from /e/e120/e002996914.jpg to /e/e120/e002996931.jpg
* from /e/e120/e002999664.jpg to /e/e120/e002999999.jpg
* from /e/e121/e003000001.jpg to /e/e121/e003001631.jpg
Assuming the press release highlighted above is approximately correct, there should be about another 1,500 pages. I have not made a determined effort to find them. So, if you are browsing the disclosed Canadian documents and find any page with a number outside these blocks – please post them in this thread.
It didn’t take very long for me to find the above blocks but it is a very boring job.
I’d hope that with a few other people experimenting with the relevant “Library and Archives Canada” search page it shouldn’t take too much time or effort to find the remaining blocks.
If helping to find the additional blocks of URLs sounds like too easy (or boring…) a task, if you have the technical expertise then you could offer to assist one ATS member, Xtraeme, in his work on a promising method of downloading the larger volume of American documents (see his relevant posts about writing a screen-scraping macro). As I mentioned in the introduction above, I haven’t got the technical ability to assist him and I don’t think any other member of ATS has offered to help Xtraeme.
edit on 4-8-2011 by IsaacKoi because: (no reason given)