I will second Hacks/Hackers. I’ve been to a few of their meetups and have been impressed. They are currently hosting media-entrepreneur events<> around the world in conjunction with the Google News Lab.

There are also some DIY communities that investigate specific topics.  For example, PublicLab<> focuses strictly on environmental investigations and data collection.

And then there’s the Data Journalism Handbook<>, which seems to be missing a chapter on Blacklight. ;)


On Apr 12, 2016, at 11:23 AM, Eliza Carrie Bettinger <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

There's also Hacks/Hackers, a series of meetup groups for journalists and coders, and the Data Driven Journalism center, which is a project of the European Journalism Centre, and includes lots of tutorials and support that are useful for anyone, including librarians, researchers, and library patrons.

Eliza Bettinger
Digital Geo-Information Specialist
American Geographical Society Library
Milwaukee WI USA

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Sheila, Tom -

The closest that comes to mind based on a few folks that I know is NICAR,
the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting: <>


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On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 11:11 AM, Sheila Morrissey <
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Tom -

I don't know of one, (closest, but mostly-non-technical, that I can think
of, is Nieman Labs, plus NYTimes' OpenNYTimes ( - but they could sure use one -- see


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The IJNet article is particularly interesting—thanks for posting this.
Excerpts like the one below make me wonder if there is a “Code4News”
community, and if so, how do we find and connect with them. It seems we
have a lot in common, and maybe a lot to offer each other.

MC: What we’ve achieved is pretty remarkable. Newsrooms are in an economic
crisis. No newsroom right now--except for maybe The New York Times and a
few others--have the capability to do something major like this at a global
scale. But we’re showing it’s possible. We share data, we produce tools for
communication, we share our stories and our interactives, to make it happen.

- Tom

On Apr 7, 2016, at 7:24 AM, Gregory Markus <[log in to unmask]
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Hey Sebastian,

They go into a lot of detail in this article

Indeed this is pretty interesting stuff and a good shout out for
Blacklight and other OS tools!


On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 4:21 PM, Sebastian Karcher <
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Hi everyone,

from one of the New York Times stories on the Panama Papers:
"The ICIJ made a number of powerful research tools available to the
consortium that the group had developed for previous leak investigations.
Those included a secure, Facebook-type forum where reporters could post
the fruits of their research, as well as database search program called
“Blacklight” that allowed the teams to hunt for specific names, countries
or sources."

I assume this is, which is pretty cool to
see used that way. Does anyone know or have read anything about the other
tools they used? What did they use for OCR? Did they use qualitative data
analysis software? Some type of annotation tools? It seems like there's a
lot to learn from this effort.


Sebastian Karcher, PhD
Qualitative Data Repository, Syracuse University


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