EIJC & Dataharvest is an annual, four-day conference, organised by Journalismfund.eu, which brings together journalism heavyweights, data specialists and coding whiz-kids to exchange skills and story ideas. EIJC18 & Dataharvest will take place on Thursday 24, Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday morning 27 May 2018. Like last year, place to be is the charming city of Mechelen, 20 minutes outside of Brussels and very easily accessible! Address is Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen at Thomas More University College - Campus De Vest. 

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Journalismfund.eu vzw is an independent non-profit organisation under Belgian law that aims to promote quality in-depth and cross-border journalism by giving working grants to journalists, by providing networking opportunities and by organising training sessions.

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Friday, May 25

1:00pm CEST

Get ready for the data buffet - research strategies using open data
Data Buffet: Public data can be a precious help on the way to a good story if you know how to deal with it. There are many public datasets from governments within Europe like the EU Open Data Portal or the German Genesis/regionalstatistik.de. But these datasets are rarely used by data journalists for their stories. One key reason: These platforms provide only the raw datasets without any context - they are made by bureaucrats for bureaucrats. In this workshop, we will discuss from a journalistic perspective (no data or tech skills required!) the research strategies and actual examples of subjects that you could cover as a journalist when digging into these open datasets, add the context and write pitches of great stories that can be made out of these and taken home to your newsroom.

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Simon Wörpel

data journalist, Correctiv
Simon works as data journalist and newsroom developer at CORRECTIV, an investigative not for profit newsroom. he is specialized in data wrangling and documents processing and works on tools that empower computer assisted investigative reporting like the https://cumex-files.com & https://grand-theft-europe.com... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST

1:00pm CEST

How to use the Offshore Leaks database and other corporate registries
Data Buffet: The Offshore Leaks database gathers information on 680,000 offshore companies in many secrecy jurisdictions, including some that had not been exposed until the Paradise Papers. How can journalists use this database to start their investigations? What resources can they use to further research those companies? Pierre Romera and Cecile S. Gallego from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) will share tips and tricks to explore the database.

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Pierre Romera

Chief Technology Officer, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Pierre Romera has been Chief Technology Officer at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) since 2017. He manages a team of programmers working on the platforms that enabled more than 300 journalists to collaborate on the Paradise Papers and Panama Papers... Read More →
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Cécile Schillis-Gallego

Data journalist and researcher, ICIJ
Cécile Schilis-Gallego is a data journalist and researcher for ICIJ. She graduated in 2014 from Columbia Journalism School (US) and Sciences Po Journalism School (France) with a master's degree in investigative reporting. She is a 2014-2015 Brown Institute Magic Grantee, working on a investigative data project aiming at making financial statements of public companies more transparent and more accessible to journalists. She previously contributed to the French webzine Slate.fr... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST

2:45pm CEST

Touching Elvis - European tenders hands-on
DATA BUFFET: A lot of our tax money is spent through government tenders. Here, private parties get hired to provide services for the country. Dive with us into 7 million public tenders in Europe. The newly released open source tool Elvis helps you create public spending network in specific EU country, time and sector. Explore relationships between government and companies and ask questions like "Who is dominating the IT market in Netherlands?", "Which companies earn most money from highway building in Slovakia?" or “How many tenders has IBM won across Europe?”

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Adriana Homolova

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

Software Developer, Datopian
Victor Nițu is currently a software developer at Datopian, an open data solutions provider spun off from Open Knowledge.Victor is also one of the developers of Elvis, a public tenders visualisation platform that aims to visually expose patterns of corruption in the EU and beyond.In... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C201 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

4:30pm CEST

European public tender data - understand and get the raw data
Data Buffet: Public spending on local, national and EU level has to follow European legislation in the field - including certain transparency rules. Meet Aija Bilzena from the European Commission and Bence Toth from the DigiWhist platform compiling all data. Here you can get an understanding of data source, data quality, legal basis and so forth.

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Adriana Homolova

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

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Aija Bilzena

Head of sector, Publications Office of the European Union
I joined the Publications Office of the European Union in 2002, worked in consolidation of EU law, in EUR-Lex and in the TED team since 2013. I am responsible for the reception (TED eSenders, XML schema), production (Supplement to the Official Journal) and dissemination of procurement... Read More →
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Bence Tóth

Researcher, Government Transparency Institute
Bence Toth is a senior researcher at the Government Transparency Institute and a PhD Candidate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL - SSEES). He has been working on "The Digital Whistleblower. Fiscal Transparency, Risk Assessment and Impact of Good Governance Policies... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C201 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen
Saturday, May 26

9:00am CEST

EU open data - get an overview what is available on the two open data portals
The EU has started to publish datasets by the European institutions and on national level. Two portals – one for the institutions (EU Open Data Portal) and one for the member states (European Data Portal) – provide an overview of available datasets including information on metadata and links to the original datasets. Representatives from both portals will guide you through the available material and search options. Furthermore, there will be a presentation by the winning application from the first EU Datathon 2017, a Hackathon that aimed at using and linking datasets from EU institutions. The event is moderated by Simon Jockers, a data journalist and web developer with German investigative journalism non-profit CORRECTIV.
Furthermore, there will be a presentation by the winning application from the first EU Datathon 2017. The event is moderated by data story developer Simon Jockers of Correctiv. Come and see are there datasets you can use in your newsroom upon return.

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Corina Buruiana

Promotion and development, Publications Office of the EU, European Commission
I'm part of the team behind the EU Open Data Portal - helping with its promotion and development, within the EU institutions and beyond.

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST
C201 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen