Building Databases for Transparency
From troves of leaked documents to huge datasets and scraped collations of public records, what are the priorities of those that need these resources to dig deeper and use the information to hold the powerful to account, and to what extent do those needs fit with the possibilities and opportunities available to the experts working to build, open and maintain them?
In this roundtable, investigative journalist Katherine Eban moderates an expert panel, drawn from those who both build and use such databases for investigative research. The participants address a whole range of relevant questions, including automation and AI, funding models, and the balances that need to be struck between source protection and transparency, or between technical functionality and front-end usability.
Panel: Delphine Reuter, Friedrich Lindenberg, Georg Neumann, Jacinta Gonzalez, Jack Poulson, Jeremy B. Merrill, Lieke Ploeger, Micah Lee, Naoise Boyle, Rebecca Lee, Steve Day
Moderator: Katherine Eban
Jeremy B. Merrill
- 17 November 2020 17.00–18.30 Time zone: GMT