The Investigative Dashboard (ID) is a work in progress, that is designed to showcase the potential for collaboration and data-sharing between investigative reporters across the world.
The initiative is spearheaded by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, the Forum for African Investigative Reporters and the International Center for Journalists, and will expand to include other institutional members of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
The project is coordinated by Paul Cristian Radu (of OCCRP) and Justin Arenstein (of FAIR) and was developed while both were in residence at Stanford University as Knight fellows. The John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists made possible the ID by providing access to the know-how of co-fellow journalists and of experts at Stanford University and in Silicon Valley.
This first iteration of the ID website shares detailed methodologies, resources, and links for journalists to track money, shareholders, and company ownership across international borders. It also shares video tutorials, and other tools, to help journalists navigate often rapidly evolving data-sources.
Future versions of ID will offer more advanced collaborative workspaces, data-archives, and discounted (or, where possible, free) access to expensive or proprietary research services.
But, perhaps most importantly, the ID will campaign for investigative centres across the world to collaborate with each other to improve the depth and impact of their reportage.
Individual members of the Global Investigative Journalism Network contributed much of the information, explaining how to access company records in their home countries.
Valuable information was added by Pär Fjällström (Sweden), Benjamin Dinolt (United Kingdom), Blaz Zgaga (Slovenia), Laura Ranca (Romania), Leo Sisti (Italy), Mark Lee Hunter (France), Jan Gunnar Furuly (Norway), Miriam Forero (Colombia), Henk van Ess (Netherlands), Eric Hennekam (Netherlands/Belgium), William Alpert (United States), Mar Cabra Valero (United States), Mihai Munteanu (Romania), Francisca Skoknic (Chile), Jóhannes Kristjánsson (Iceland), Thomas Angeli (Switzerland), Murali Krishnan (India), Jonathan Stock (Germany), Minna Knus-Galán (Finland), Djordje Padejski (Serbia), Colin Murphy (Ireland), Eldina Pleho (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Mirsad Brkic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Drew Sullivan (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Vlad Lavrov (Ukraine), Roman Shleynov (Russia), Tommy Kaas (Denmark), Xhelal Neziri (Macedonia), Aleksandar Bozinovski (Macedonia), Stanimir Vaglenov (Bulgaria), Stefan Candea (Romania), Stevan Dojcinovic (Serbia), Ulviyye Asadzade (Azerbaijan), Giorgi Molodini (Georgia), Guido Muelenaer (Belgium), Thiago Herdy (Brazil), Emilia Díaz-Struck (Venezuela), Adrian Mogos (Romania) and many other investigative journalists in the Balkans and abroad.