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Dataharvest/EIJC, the European Investigative and Data Journalism Conference organised by Journalismfund.eu, is the most relevant networking event for investigative and data journalists in Europe. Dataharvest/EIJC15 will take place on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday morning 10 May 2015, with a pre-conference Hackaton on Thursday 7 May. Like the previous years, the conference will take place in the centre of Brussels.

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Friday, May 8
 

12:00 CEST

Collaborate and Visualise – keeping track of news about corruption
Want to track who writes what about corruption? See the new tool developed by Transparency International. Collaboration and the use of technology are undeniably leading a revival in investigative journalism; however other external trends are also playing their part. In a world where people, money, and businesses can quickly and freely move across borders it means that crime and corruption are also going global. Investigating international corruption cases, following illicit flows of money across borders or just swathing through huge amounts of data files takes cooperation, technological expertise and many other skill sets. The European Corruption Observatory will not only provide a database of corruption stories but will provide a platform for exchange and networking among journalists, hackers, civil society, corruption experts and policy makers. This will help encourage further collaboration and assist users in finding key partners around the EU to further their investigations into corruption.

This seminar is organised by Transparency International and Journalismfund.eu, and financed by the European Commission.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Coleman

Alison Coleman

Project Coordinator, Transparency International EU Liaison Office
Alison is the Project Coordinator for the European Corruption Observatory, an online database of media reports on corruption and a meeting point for journalists, hackers, experts and all those interested in corruption.


Friday May 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
1.21 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Data, Presentation

14:00 CEST

Checking out the chemical data
Chemicals are everywhere and in everything – whether they are naturally occurring or man-made. Since 2007, the European Chemicals Agency has been gathering information on all the chemicals used in Europe today in a number of massive databases. Specialists from ECHA will be present to explain what information is there, the underlying legal basis and the work of the agency. The data includes the exact chemical description of the substance as well as the short, medium and long term impact of the chemical on human health and the environment. The aim of the data is to enable chemicals to be used safely. The most hazardous ones are designated as “substances of very high concern”. These may cause cancer, mutations and have implications for human fertility and reproduction for example. The aim of the EU law is to phase them out.

http://echa.europa.eu/

Moderators
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

Managing Editor, Journalismfund.eu
Co-founder and Managing Editor at Journalismfund.eu, a support structure for in-depth, innovative and independent journalism in Europe. Brigitte is a senior Danish-German journalist, she has won multiple awards and is proud that these awards were always granted to her and team members.Having... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mike Rasenberg

Mike Rasenberg

Head of Unit Computational Assessment & Dissemination, European Chemicals Agency


Friday May 8, 2015 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
1.25 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Data, Presentation

14:00 CEST

Mobile surveillance – how we chased false cell towers and mobile spies in Norway (via Skype)
The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten spent six months working with surveillance and the use of false cell towers in Oslo, exploring new methods of exposing the use of IMSI-catchers and other forms of equipment to monitor mobil phones. Per Anders Johansen presents their methods – and lessons learned – from a project that is now making Oslo one of the most secure cities in the world when it comes to covert and illegal mobile interception.

Speakers
avatar for Per Anders Johansen

Per Anders Johansen

Reporter, Aftenposten
Per Anders Johansen is correspondent for Aftenposten in Moscow. Journalist in Aftenposten since 2008. Former News editor in chief for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK (2002-2007) and editor in chief for the Norwegian investigative TV-program NRK Brennpunkt (2000-2002). Worked... Read More →


Friday May 8, 2015 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
1.24 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

14:00 CEST

The Political Economy of the Hungarian Media and Advertising Industry under the Second Orbán Administration
How did the Viktor Orbán - Lajos Simicska media empire function? The extensive study summarizes one of the primary elements of what can be called the “state capture” of the Hungarian media market between 2010 and 2014. Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party and his cooperation with construction and media entrepreneur Lajos Simicska, a long-time college friend, recently breaking ranks. This resulted in a public/state advertisement and media monopoly favoring Fidesz’s rule. Assessing a bulk of approximately 80,000 public procurement and state advertising data entries (public and bought data based on Hungarian Public Procurement Database, Kantar Media’s data and company registry data), the article establishes how this process unfolded creating the governing party associate media empire, identifies key players operating the empire itself and presents the beneficiaries of public advertising tenders. The analysis then goes on to explain the post-2010 redistribution system of state advertisements identifying the greatest winners, and concludes with a range of suggestions concerning a way out from the present situation. http://www.kreativ.hu/databanya/cikk/how_did_the_orban_simicska_media_empire_functionhttp://www.kreativ.hu/databanya/cikk/how_did_the_orban_simicska_media_empire_function

Speakers
avatar for Attila Bátorfy

Attila Bátorfy

head of data and visualization, Átlátszó.hu
Data journalist at Átlátszó.hu, head of visual journalism team of Átló. Master teacher of journalism and information graphics at Institute of Art Theory and Media Research of Eötvös Loránd Science University. 


Friday May 8, 2015 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
1.26 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

15:15 CEST

How to spend it: Following public spending in Hungary
Do Western tax payers support the inner circle of Hungarian prime minister Orban? Does his son-in-law win public tenders without competitors? Andras Pethö from Hungarian online start-up Direkt36 will talk about the details of their research into the spending of EU money in Hungary and into Hungarian public tenders according to EU legislation. Both data sets – EU spending and national spending according to EU tender legislation – apply to all EU member states and several of its partners and neighbours.

http://www.direkt36.hu/

Moderators
avatar for Ides Debruyne

Ides Debruyne

Managing Director, Journalismfund.eu
Ides Debruyne is co-founder and Managing Director of Journalismfund.eu, the first independent non-profit organisation established in 1998 by citizens to facilitate independent investigative journalism in order to promote democracy by connecting donors and journalists.(Photo © Hadeer Mahmoud... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for András Pethő

András Pethő

Co-Founder and Editor, Direkt 36
Co-founder and editor of investigative reporting center Direkt36. Previously, András was a senior editor at the news site Origo, which he left in protest against political pressure in 2014. András also worked for the BBC World Service and the investigative unit of The Washington... Read More →


Friday May 8, 2015 15:15 - 16:15 CEST
1.22 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Data, Presentation

15:15 CEST

Robots in the service of quality journalism -- CANCELLED!
What if you team up with a robot? Hille van der Kaa gives an overview of what is already possible and in use today, and in which direction we should look for next steps – including sensors, linguistic tools, automatically uploading or extracting data and so forth. Basically saving journalists time to focus on quality journalism and letting robots take care of the routines.

http://www.djwsummit.com/blog/2015/3/16/are-robots-taking-over-journalism

Moderators
avatar for Ides Debruyne

Ides Debruyne

Managing Director, Journalismfund.eu
Ides Debruyne is co-founder and Managing Director of Journalismfund.eu, the first independent non-profit organisation established in 1998 by citizens to facilitate independent investigative journalism in order to promote democracy by connecting donors and journalists.(Photo © Hadeer Mahmoud... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hille van der Kaa

Hille van der Kaa

Fontys School of Applied Sciences
Hille van der Kaa (1979) runs the professorship of Media, Interaction and Narration at Fontys School of Applied Sciences and teaches data journalism at Tilburg University. In addition to her academic work, she is a scriptwriter and transmedia developer at her own company De Uitgeeffabriek... Read More →


Friday May 8, 2015 15:15 - 16:15 CEST
1.21 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

16:30 CEST

Europe's big uncovered follow-the-money story
Public spending amounts for vast parts of our economy, large parts of the contracts can be traced through the EU’s and national tender portals, however the field is hardly covered journalistically yet. Adriana Homolova and her colleagues from The Investigative Desk (De Onderzoeksredactie) are focusing on the IT spending of Dutch authorities. She will show how to make and read spending networks with Open TED data for your own country. Another option is to follow the EU-tender legislations’ product codes, so-called CPVs, to look into EU structures applicable in all EU countries. Learn about the data structures and join the network of interested journalists.

Speakers
avatar for Adriana Homolova

Adriana Homolova

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist


Friday May 8, 2015 16:30 - 17:30 CEST
1.06 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Data, Presentation
 
Saturday, May 9
 

09:30 CEST

Investigate the World Bank – using their own data!
In the project "Evicted and Abandoned", the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists spent 10 months learning how to navigate the World Bank data portals to expose that an estimated 3.4 million people were displaced by development projects in the past decade. Learn the tricks they used to mine the Bank's data and documents, so that you can apply them to find a great story on what's already publicly available.

Speakers
avatar for Mar Cabra

Mar Cabra

Member, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Mar Cabra, is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Until last year, she was the head of the Data & Research Unit which produces the organisation's key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. She... Read More →
avatar for Cécile Schilis-Gallego

Cécile Schilis-Gallego

Data journalist, ICIJ


Saturday May 9, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 CEST
1.26 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

10:45 CEST

Data Journalism in the newsroom: surviving the routine
Great examples of data driven investigations are re-shaping the journalistic landscape. But most of the newspapers still live in the day-by day. How is the neverending flow of data changing little newsrooms' practices? How can data journalism give its added value to the messy routine of a classical newsroom? The data journalism team at El Confidencial, the first ever created in a Spanish media, will show good (and bad) practices of this integration. / Great examples of data driven investigations are re-shaping the journalistic landscape. But most of the media houses across Europe still operate on a day-to-day basis. How is the never ending flow of data changing the newsrooms' practices? How can data journalism give its added value to the messy routine of a traditional newsroom? The data journalism team at El Confidencial, the first ever created in a Spanish media, will show good (and bad) practices of this integration. Moreover, the data journalism team of the Swiss public broadcaster Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) shares examples of investigative data journalism within Switzerland and across borders.

Speakers
avatar for Daniele Grasso

Daniele Grasso

Journalist, El Confidencial
Biography: Daniele Grasso is an Italian journalist based in Madrid. Since late 2013 he has worked at El Confidencial, where he launched and now coordinates the first data journalism unit ever created in a Spanish media organization. Besides his newsroom work, he has had a leading... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 CEST
1.22 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

10:45 CEST

EU Open Data Portal – What’s there for (data)journalists?
The EU is compiles its available databases from a wide range of institutions in its Open Data Portal. Besides its function as portal to all institutions, agencies and so forth the EU’s ODP also makes available meta data and provides a unique search structure leading to the original sources. This comparably new initiative is still growing and compiling its body of material. Norbert Hohn from the EUs publication office will explain what the portal opens up to and what opportunities it may hold for journalists and data journalists. The ODP is explicitly interested in learning the needs of various groups of users including journalists, so come and learn what’s there and join the dialogue on what’s on the wishlist of journalists and media.

http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/open-data-portals

Moderators
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

Managing Editor, Journalismfund.eu
Co-founder and Managing Editor at Journalismfund.eu, a support structure for in-depth, innovative and independent journalism in Europe. Brigitte is a senior Danish-German journalist, she has won multiple awards and is proud that these awards were always granted to her and team members.Having... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday May 9, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 CEST
1.21 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Data, Presentation, Discussion

12:00 CEST

Mapping the war on ISIL
Five European nations are bombing the Islamic State alongside the U.S. and others in Iraq, another handful of countries are bombing Syria – and yet very little is known about it. Keeping an eye on those in power becomes increasingly difficulty when the warring nations are flying several kilometers above the ground. By using using data from daily press releases and geocoding, Dagbladet Information has created an interactive map that shows the progress of the war as well as the intensity of air strikes, written data-driven stories on major battles and used the data in a series of articles criticising the lack of transparency in the new war in Iraq.  Special site for war against ISIL: http://www.information.dk/databloggen/512819, Lighter English version: http://www.information.dk/databloggen/515038, Data-driven story on the battle of Kobane: http://www.information.dk/databloggen/524725

Speakers
avatar for Rasmus Raun Westh

Rasmus Raun Westh

Data journo and security reporter, Dagbladet Information
I'm a multimedia reporter covering security issues, primarily the conduct of Western nations in the current war against the Islamic State. Previously based in Cairo, New York, Istanbul. Arabic student. Other interests include migration, the Middle East (especially Egypt, Syria, Iraq... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
1.06 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

12:00 CEST

Muckrackers and tech makers
Communication difficulties are common between journalists and technologists. Meet Leila Haddou, freelance investigative journalist formerly of the Guardian, and Max Harlow, technical lead at the Bureau for Investigative Journalism in London. They discuss their experiences from working with the other, problems they’ve faced, and suggestions for possible solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Leila Haddou

Leila Haddou

Data Journalism Editor, The Times and the Sunday Times
Leila Haddou is the data journalism editor for The Times and the Sunday Times in London. She has previously worked on investigations for the Financial Times and The Guardian. She has an avid interest in how technology can be used by journalists to assist with data-led reporting.@... Read More →
avatar for Max Harlow

Max Harlow

Financial Times
Max Harlow works with the visual and data journalism team at the Financial Times in London. He has previously worked on investigations at the Guardian and at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He co-runs Journocoders, a group for journalists who want to develop technical ski... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
1.19 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

14:00 CEST

How to Investigate High Ranking Politicians?
This session with showcase “Unholy Alliances”, investigation that exposed the close ties between the country’s long-time president and organized crime in Montenegro. Until publication of this investigation, the small Balkan country was on a fast track to EU and NATO membership.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Patrucic

Miranda Patrucic

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
1.24 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

14:00 CEST

Keynote: Disruptive technologies in the service of journalism
Journalism is a rapidly changing field, but it nonetheless finds itself playing catch-up to recent technological disruptions, be they the advertising business model, the NSA, RSS, PGP, or any number of other acronyms and neologisms. While these disruptions are difficult, this is a critical time to investigate whether our ideas of news and society can be productively reinvestigated.  What are the structural shifts that are driving change? Which  aspects of journalism, investigation, and the means of news production must be defended at all costs? and what others strategically capitulated, as new methods may offer better alternatives? Csikszentmihalyi can't fully answer these questions, but will do his best to cover his own experiences at an epicenter of technological production, and his experiences developing information technology for community information.

Moderators
avatar for Stefan Candea

Stefan Candea

Founder, Co-ordinator, European Investigative Collaborators
Stefan Candea, Romania, is an investigative journalist and co-founder of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism (CRJI), a nonprofit registered in Bucharest, Romania. His cross-border investigative stories on organized crime won several international awards.He will be working... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Csikszentmihalyi

Chris Csikszentmihalyi

Christopher Csikszentmihályi defines himself as an artist, designer, technologist and dude. He is known for inspiring and developing political technologies that rebalance power between citizens, corporations, and governments. Recently he started the Rootio project in collaboration with UNICEF a sociotechnical plat... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
1.19 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Data, Presentation