The European Investigative Journalism and Dataharvest Conference organised by Journalismfund.eu, is the most relevant networking event for investigative and data journalists in Europe. Dataharvest EIJC17 will take place on Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday morning 21 May 2017, with a pre-conference Hack Day on Thursday 18 May.
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Sunday, May 21 • 09:30 - 10:30
SubsidyStories.eu: the European Structural Investment Funds uncovered I

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Follow the money: Close to 500 billion of EU subsidies flow back into the member states through a complex system of subsidies, grants and regional funds. Information on who receives these funds is scattered over a web of regional and national data portals.Up to now, we could not compare projects and spending across member states and regions. Subsidystories has changed that. We brought the data from the regional and national EU funding portal together in one place. We standardize it so that it can be made comparable, visualized and analyzed. In this presentation, we will show how we have traced the EU funds and give the audience insights in the data and start the conversation on how to uncover stories in the data, and hear different local and national angles to the leads and stories that we have found so far. This project was started last year at the hackday of DataHarvest and in February of this year we finally had the data together and launched in March. We will also address with the audience how we - as an Open Data NGO - tried to cater to journalists and worked with freelancers and volunteers throughout the project. We struggled with open data vs. embargoed data and eventually decided to set up a group of hunch hunters to work with the data in the open, but try to find exclusive stories. In the session we will first demonstrate the platform, discuss the data, the process and our findings. We will ask the audience for their local or national angle on the stories and leads that we have found so far. In the second part, we will discuss how we can better cater to journalists in the future, if volunteers and hunch hunters work, and how to balance open data and exclusivity. NOTE: THIS PRESENTATION IS FOLLOWED BY A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP AND NETWORKING ROUND TABLE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO DIG INTO THE DATA IMMEDIATELY AND MAYBE FORM TEAMS OF JOURNALISTS.

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Anna Alberts

Project Manager, OKFDE
OKFDE, Open Data, OpenBudgets.EU, Financial Transparency, subsidystories.eu, ESIF, EU Transparency
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Christian Jørgensen

Photojournalist, EUP-Berlin GbR
Christian Jørgensen is a photo journalist from Denmark with base in Berlin, who with Follow the Subsidies www.followthesubsidies.eu has been working on collecting and publishing all EU-Subsidies since april 2016 and now together with the Hungarian programmer Balazs Kirch tries to... Read More →
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Michael Peters

Data Scientist, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland
Michael joined OKF Germany as Data Scientist for the projects: EU Subsidy Stories, OpenBudgets.eu and OffenerHaushalt.de. He studied Public Economics and advocates Transparency of Fiscal Data. His main tasks are Data Mining and Data Analysis.

Sunday May 21, 2017 09:30 - 10:30 CEST
C2.23 Thomas More journalism school at the Campus De Ham, Raghenoplein 21, 2800 Mechelen & Campus De Vest, Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen, BELGIUM