This year’s global event for muckrakers is approaching! Today we’re pleased to reveal the first glimpse of the program for the 9th Global Investigative Journalism Conference — #GIJC15 — in Lillehammer, Norway.
First in line are the data tracks. We have 61 sessions dedicated to data-driven journalism already confirmed, and there is more to come.
Three of the four data tracks will be hands-on, while a fourth will be showcases. In addition to that, the local organizing committee has planned a Data Pub.
The heavy security and scraping stuff will be in a special room, with three days devoted to security issues and webscraping with Python. The attendees will be introduced to how to encrypt emails, their own laptop and USB-sticks. They will also be trained to install security apps for text and voice. For those who think Python is too difficult, import.io is an option.
At the other end of the scale, there will be two sessions in basic Excel and two sessions in advanced Excel techniques, such as vlookup function and Pivot tables. There will be three hours with Access training, three hours with sql, three hours with statistics, and different sessions for visualizing data.
For the showcases, we hope the audience will appreciate demonstrations from some of the authors behind the Verification Handbook, on advanced internet search techniques and using social media in research. There will be sessions on how to track financial crime, and the journalists behind LuxLeaks and SwissLeaks will conduct different sessions.
Many of the trainers and speakers have been doing training at IRE and NICAR Conferences and the Global Conferences in Rio and Kiev. David Donald, Andrew Lehren, Giannina Segnini, Jaimi Dowdell, Fredrik Laurin and Helena Bengtsson are among the group of more than 25 data journalism trainers and speakers so far confirmed.
And, of course, the co-founders of GIJC and GIJN, Brant Houston and Nils Mulvad, will participate in several of the sessions.
So what about the Data Pub?
You’ll find the GIJC15 Data Pub in the middle of the conference facilities. The idea is to create an environment for downloading programs, provide assistance, and communicate about data journalism. And Thursday night you’re invited to a cryptoparty at the pub.