Stories and thoughts
Continent of Secrets: Uncovering Africa’s Offshore Empires
Today’s investigations include new details about the middleman at the center of a probe into hundreds of millions of dollars in suspected bribes paid for oil and gas contracts awarded in Algeria.
The files also reveal the offshore assets , including a luxury yacht and jet, of a Nigerian aviation and oil magnate who is reportedly close to a former oil minister and has recently had some of his assets seized as part of a $1.8 billion probe into oil sales.
The revelations published by ICIJ and media partners include investigations from countries that are being examined for the first time, including Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique and Togo (ICIJ , NY Times).
Mexican newspaper El Universal has put a face to the 4,534 women who have gone missing in Mexico City and the State of Mexico over the last decade: Ausencias Ignoradas (Ignored Absences) aims to put pressure on the government and eradicate this situation (GIJN).
Search for entities across five influence data APIs
This is a demonstration of the Who’s got dirt? API. The Who’s got dirt? API provides a single access point to multiple APIs of influence data on the web.
It proxies requests to the supported APIs, so that users only need to learn a single request format and a single response format. Read the documentation to learn more about the API and how you can use it in your own projects (Influence Mapping)
- OpenOil Launches Aleph, a Search Engine for Extractive Industries Corporate Filings (OpenOil)
- Announcing the Legislative Openness Data Explorer (OKFN).
- New search tool traces sources of ‘dark money’: Center for Public Integrity feature makes it easy to search for grants between nonprofits (CPI).
- Explore Onodo’s demo: Four years of experience on accountability and access to information has led Civio foundation to develop Onodo, a new open source tool that aims to facilitate network mapping. Beta version here (Influence Mapping).
- CSVKit // CSVKit is a group of command-line tools for doing awesome stuff with CSVs, from format conversion through to finding that nugget of data in your rambling comma-separated behemoth of data.
Autotune // Autotune is a centralized management system for your charts, graphics, quizzes and other tools, brought to you by the Editorial Products team at Vox Media.
DocParser // Convert PDF documents into structured data.
- d4 // Declarative Data-Driven Documents. d4 is an experiment in using React to produce data-driven documents (ala d3) that are performant and understandable. This is not a library, but rather a demonstration that it's possible (and preferable) to use React instead of the core of d3.
- Embulk // Open-source tool for transporting massive, messy datasets—in parallel—from one system to another. In this context, “system” can refer to any number of endpoints including Amazon S3, an SQL database, or even a CSV file on your local computer (via OKFNLabs).
Data & Standards resources
- Modelling the UK Beneficial Ownership data (OpenCorporates)
- Open contracting data: structure and spreadsheets (Open Contracting)
- Open contracting data standard: proposal (Standards Hub, gov.uk)
- EveryPolitician and historic data (mySociety): Search and download data on 70,000+ legislators (past and present) from 233 countries.
- Nonprofit IRS filings: The Internal Revenue Service released a huge dataset of nonprofits’ annual Form 990 filings.
- Global Real Estate Index, JL
- Budget Info by Country, IBP
- Storytelling: New Paper: “Narrating Networks: Exploring the Affordances of Networks as Storytelling Devices in Journalism”
- Dataviz: Guide to Journalism and Design: Heather Chaplin draws upon a series of case studies and interviews with journalists and designers based at BuzzFeed, NPR, The New York Times and AL.com to identify best practices around journalism and design (Tow Center for Digital Journalism)
- Design: Open Design Kit: A toolkit for designing with distributed collaborators
- Design: The Headless Web (Paul Kinlan, Tales of a Developer Advocate)
- Dataviz: 10 significant visualisation developments: January to June 2016 (Visualising Data)
- Festival: SRCCON Live Transcripts
- Festival: IRE 2016 tipsheets & links
- Workshop: ProPublica Data Institute 2016’s Material
- Corruption risks in oil trading require greater attention
- Making budgets attractive: Best practices from Government’s financial transparency portals (Open Budgets.eu)
- Civic Tech: Of Makers and Activists (Omydiar Network)
- Emerging market companies show low levels of transparency, allowing corruption to thrive (Transparency International)
- Engines of Change: What Civic Tech Can Learn From Social Movements (Omydiar Network)
- August 23: Do More with Your Data (New York, NY)
- August 25-27: Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires Media Party (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
- August 26: #HackTheConstitution Hackathon @ Fakugesi Digital Arts Festiva (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- September 8th - 9th: Boston, MA - Data Visualization Summit
- Meeting in Madrid: Open contracting at the IODC 2016 (Open Contracting)
- Sept 15th - 19th: Cardiff, UK - Django Girls PyCon UK
Funding: Hello Prototype Fund! (OKFDE)
Proposals: The European Commission is launching a Call for Proposals in the field of data-driven news production
Fellowship: Last day to apply to Reveal Investigative Fellowship (Deadline: September 13)
Job: Research Director, GIJN
Funding: $3m to Investigate Corruption, US State Dept.
Fellowship: Trauma Fellowships, Dart Center
Fellowship: Google News Lab Fellowship for German, Austrian and Swiss data journalists
Registration: Open Data Research Symposium 2016 (The GovLab)
- Registration: Open Exchange for Social Change – IODC unconference (OKFN)