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INVESTIGRAPH: Using Neo4j for Investigative Journalism

GraphConnect Europe 2017
Manuel Villa & Sarah Blaskey, Columbia University

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INVESTIGRAPH: Using Neo4j for Investigative Journalism

  1. 1. INVESTIGRAPH: Using Neo4j for Investigative Journalism Sarah Blaskey Manuel Villa Columbia Journalism School GraphConnect 11 May 2017 London
  2. 2. The Two Uses of Neo4J in Journalism 1. As a presentation tool. Ideally designed to present findings and to create a curation tool for public use (Panama Papers) 2. Aiding the investigative process internally.
  3. 3. Once Upon a Time, in Panama...
  4. 4. It all started with one businessman with holdings all over the world. Reporting Question: Was it possible that this man was mainly doing business with a small group of people?
  5. 5. Developing our Process: Learning as we go 1. The “absorbing” phase 2. The “discovery” phase
  6. 6. The “absorbing” phase ● If you don’t have a data set, build one. ● A Team Effort
  7. 7. The “discovery” phase - Looking for reporting leads How do we maximize the usefulness of our neo4j instance?
  8. 8. Queries: • Shortest Path Queries when clicking bubbles is too much. • Using informal connections to maximize potential that the queries will turn something back.
  9. 9. Using 50,000 PDF documents to find reporting leads.
  10. 10. Problems ● Name matching ● Queries on a timeline ● Incomplete or poorly curated data. Queries won’t work. ● Understand data should not be modeled as a story!
  11. 11. Thank You ● Sarah Blaskey - ● Manuel Villa -