It happens to every journalist at some point, you hit a wall in your investigation. Now there is a place you can go to find that vital piece of piece of information, the missing link in your cross-border story. Bring your questions to the Investigative Dashboard (ID) workshop to try this newly revamped investigative engine and to get assistance from professional researchers.
The Investigative Dashboard, a research tool of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project developed in collaboration with Google Ideas, will launch late October but you can get a preview at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio this week. Journalists have used the dashboard to work on stories that have won more than a dozen international awards, led to indictments, arrests, and seizures, forced the resignation of heads of state, and exposed the activities of organized crime.
Try searching the crowd-sourced database, put together by dozens of reporters and civic hackers, which contains company registration records and other related public records, to map illicit activities. Or explore more than 400 online databases in 120 jurisdictions where you can search for information on persons of interest and corporations worldwide. If you still cannot find what you need, submit a request to our professional researchers, who can search external databases and official filings for evidence of corporate ownership, funds transfers, or property holdings that cross borders.
Take it for a test drive and it may lead you to that missing link in your investigation.
The workshop “Investigative Dashboard: Following the Money Across Borders” will take place on Sunday, October 13, 4 pm, and Tuesday October 15, 11 am at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference. Conference-goers can register now on Sched to attend. You can find ID at this portal.