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The compilation of the programme is well under way. It will be updated as more sessions are planned and as more speakers confirm. The first two days of the conference (Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May) will be full days, the last (Sunday 10) will be half a day from morning until 12 noon focusing on training. There is a pre-Dataharvest Hackathon planned on Thursday 7 May.

View the Dataharvest 2015 schedule & directory.

Fresh data

During a pre-Dataharvest Hackathon on the 7th of May developers and datajournalists will scrape and prepare a number of datasets so they’re easier to use for journalists. During the conference itself on the 8th and 9th of May, journalists will find assistance from developers to prepare their own stories and potentially develop ideas on how to present them. Datasets we’ll surely work on are EU tender data, EU spending data, EU farm subsidy data. We’ll be able to include further data sets as we move ahead with the program.

Data and online journalism including online security

Inspiration and training in the field of data- and online journalism will be presented on all three conference days – finding data, scraping, analysing, presentation, visualisation, further applications.

Networking and cross-border journalism

A cross-border collaboration involving 80 reporters in 26 countries unveiled corporate secrets on their tax deals with Luxembourg pushing seriously to discussions about taxation and tax evasion. But how to coordinate so many reporters and publications? Clip. MRSA-bacteria are a serious threat to health in several EU-countries. In some they even have cost lifes – and they do not stop at the national borders. Last year a team of journalists met during the Dataharvest and decided to collaborate on this reseaerch. You can meet the Lux Leaks-, the MRSA and other cross border teams at this year’s Dataharvest, learn from them and develop your own cross border teams. Themes envisaged: Tax evasion, food & agriculture, EU & political economy, EU & labour markets, surveillance.


The Dataharvest EIJC is the place to discuss and develop new methods in journalism, be that data, cross-border, news games or collaborations with professionals from other fields such as scholars, lawyers or others. Let’s meet, share experiences and adjust in the service of better journalism. Envisaged for this year particularly: how can journalists and scholars/scientists cooperate more closely? Entrepreneurial journalism & fundraising. Impact of journalism and follow-ups.

Wobbing & other ways of getting hard documentation for European stories

With Big Data, privacy, surveillance and leaks the question of legal access to documents via freedom of information requests has if possible grown even more important. Journalists, lawyers and officials will address the questions. Confirmed workshop with the top lawyer of the EU ombudsman on access to documents considerations.