The Panama Papers opened our eyes to the idea of using graph data for journalism to find stories within big data. Since then, investigative journalists have found innovative ways to use graph data to map out investigations, and match it with publicly available information to find leads and invisible connections. This session will explore what works, what hasn’t worked and where we hope this technology will take us.
The most basic step: clips, clips, clips. Start building a timeline and the first, raw relationship database. Tens of thousands of documents, analyzed via OCR and entity extraction Innovative: Documents as connectors
This represents the structure of one, only one of the roughly 400 hundred LLCs and corporations that the original document showed our subject had interests in.
INVESTIGRAPH: Using Neo4j for Investigative Journalism
INVESTIGRAPH: Using Neo4j for
Columbia Journalism School
11 May 2017
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.