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Investigative training tources as published after the global conference of investigative journalists (Kiev 2011)

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    Investigative Training Sources (GIJC 2011) Investigative Training Sources (GIJC 2011) Document Transcript

    • Training Resources p. 1 / 4Training ResourcesSome resources for researching journalists, recommended by participants of the GIJC 2011in Kiev, Ukraina.(Sorted by domain or subdomain, "www" ignored.)Bambuser / Ustreamhttp://bambuser.com/ .Live streaming from mobile or webcam(Recommendation by Nils Mulvad)Orbis - Bureau van Dijkhttp://www.bvdinfo.com/Products/Company-Information/International/ORBIS.aspx .look up an individual or a company and it shows all of their connections around the world -its the closest I have found to a worlds company registry. It also very handily made it easy tomap the corporate structure of a company as it would list subsidiaries and parent companiesin a very straightforward and accessible manner.(Recommendation by Elena Egawhary)Watson Mike ear microhttp://www.canford.co.uk/Browse/2002061 .A device allows a telephone conversation to be recorded without interfering with thetelephone instrument. A small, soft, foam-rubber ear piece is placed just inside the ear canaland picks up both sides of the conversation (the speaker’s voice is picked up through boneconduction).(Recommendation by Luuk Seegers)Charles Proxyhttp://www.charlesproxy.com/ .Charles is an HTTP proxy / HTTP monitor / Reverse Proxy that enables a developer to viewall of the HTTP and SSL / HTTPS traffic between their machine and the Internet. Thisincludes requests, responses and the HTTP headers (which contain the cookies and cachinginformation).(Recommendation by Sebastian Mondial)Google Refinehttp://code.google.com/p/google-refine/ .A tool for working with messy data (formerly Freebase Gridworks)(Recommendation by Friedrich Lindenberg)Database Classhttp://www.db-class.org/course/auth/welcome .Introduction to Databases / by Stanford engeneering(Recommendation by Friedrich Lindenberg)Call recorderhttp://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/ .Transforms Skype audio and video calls into QuickTime movies (for Mac).(Recommendation by Luuk Seegers) GIJC 2011, Kiev (minute by Albrecht Ude)
    • Training Resources p. 2 / 4Gephihttp://gephi.org/ .Gephi is an interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks andcomplex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs.Runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Gephi is open-source and free.(Recommendation by Friedrich Lindenberg)Google Fusionhttp://www.google.com/fusiontables/Home/ .Googles service to visualize and publish your data as maps, timelines and charts.(Recommendation by Nils Mulvad)Google Reverse Image Searchhttp://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi ."Search by image" enables to search for an image by its URL or by Upload from localstorage devices - just as tineye did before, but Google has got the larger index.(Recommendation by Paul Myers)Express Scribehttp://www.nch.com.au/scribe/index.html .Express Scribe Transcription Software(Recommendation by Luuk Seegers)Netvibeshttp://www.netvibes.com/ .A personalized, webbased dashboard to monitor your apps, feeds, sentiments, tweets andeven enterprise systems (Recommendation by Luuk Seegers)Node xlhttp://nodexl.codeplex.com/ ,http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/nodexl/ .NodeXL is an interactive network visualisation and analysis tool that leverages the widelyavailable MS Excel application as the platform for representing generic graph data,performing advanced network analysis and visual exploration of networks. The tool supportsmultiple social network data providers that import graph data (nodes and edge lists) into theExcel spreadsheet.(Recommendation by Sebastian Mondial)Opencorporateshttp://opencorporates.com/ .The Open Database Of The Corporate World - 26 million companies, 31 jurisdictions(Recommendation by Friedrich Lindenberg)Openspendinghttp://www.openspending.org/ .Openspendings aim ist (in UK) to track every (public) government and corporate financialtransaction across the world and present it in useful and engaging forms for everyone from aschool-child to a data geek.(Recommendation by Friedrich Lindenberg) GIJC 2011, Kiev (minute by Albrecht Ude)
    • Training Resources p. 3 / 4Peer to peer Universityhttp://p2pu.org/en/ .The Peer 2 Peer University is a grassroots open education project that organizes learningoutside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. P2PUcreates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education.Leveraging the internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU enableshigh-quality low-cost education opportunities.(Recommendation by Friedrich Lindenberg)Pythonhttp://www.python.org/ .Python Programming Language. Free to use, even for commercial products, because of itsOSI-approved open source license. Runs on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, and has beenported to the Java and .NET virtual machines.(Recommendation by Nils Mulvad)Scraperwikihttps://scraperwiki.com/ .A site and tool to get data from the web.(Recommendation by Friedrich Lindenberg)Skype recorderhttp://www.skyperec.com/ .MX Skype Recorder is a new tool that works in conjunction with Skype and other VOIPapplications, to record your voice conversations (for PC).(Recommendation by Luuk Seegers)UstreamInteractive broadcast platformhttp://www.ustream.tv/ .(Recommendation by Nils Mulvad) GIJC 2011, Kiev (minute by Albrecht Ude)
    • Training Resources p. 4 / 4Some more recommendations:Be aware of services to "clean your google"Companies which help people clean their google. Here is a backgroundarticle on this for you:Online profile spring cleaningBy Claire Prentice Technology journalistBBC News Technology, 24 September 2010http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11381037 .(by Elena Egawhary)Warning before thoughtless "data churnalim""Datachurnalism" - re examples - Im loathe to pull out examples and shame people - thereare plenty out there if you have a look around - an example would be people who rely onwikipedia as their source of data - you wouldnt´rely on wikipedia for factual information for astory so to my mind you shouldnt rely on it for numbers. That said we have all been insituations I imagine where our editors ask or commission stories/graphics/numbers which wepersonally dont see the value of, including myself. As such I dont want to embarrass peopleand single them out. My main concern is that it is highlighted that we should be as rigorouswith numbers as we are with other facts. A visualisation is a type of story and as such thenumbers behind that visualisation should be reliable and tell a story and not simply cobbledtogether to make a pretty graphic/picture.(by Elena Egawhary)Use of cellphones"Turn of your smartphone because of location tracking."(Tip from Chase Davis via Nils)"When you go out for a research, leave your cellphone at home."(Even sharper by Duncan Graham via Albrecht) GIJC 2011, Kiev (minute by Albrecht Ude)