Guides & Workshops

Our Exposing the Invisible Guides provide you with investigation techniques, tips, tools and inspiration to use in your own context. Our Exposing the Invisible Workshops help you share your knowledge and skills with others. Learn and share at the same time. The world needs more investigators.


About the Guides

We develop guides and other self-learning resources about methods, tools and good practices of online and offline investigation. Here you will find a series of guides developed by the Exposing the Invisible (ETI) team as well as by our expert contributors - all based on practical experiences and tested techniques.

We also feature a selection of guides and resources form partner organisations and other reputable sources.

We invite you to explore these guides and to reach out to us with feedback and suggestions of any other great investigation resources you encounter.


About the Workshops

Exposing the Invisible provides workshop curricula for anyone interested in running their own investigative workshops or trainings. We offer a structure, techniques, tips and recommended tools that can be used to train on various topics and methods of online and offline investigation.

Most of the workshops are based on topics from our Exposing the Invisible Kit and can be adapted to specific contexts.

We will be adding new workshop materials in this space and we invite you to send us feedback, suggestions for improvement or ideas for collaboration.

Exposing the Invisible Workshops: A Facilitator’s Guide

Welcome to the Facilitator’s Guide for "Exposing the Invisible" Workshops! This resource includes general guidelines and tips for facilitators and trainers who wish to conduct workshops based on the curricula we provide on this website. You will find a brief background about the workshops, suggested tools and activities as well as recommendations on how to start, run and conclude a workshop. Feel free to adapt these guidelines and the workshop plans according to your audience's needs and context. We invite you to reach out to us with any questions and feedback that can help improve and...

Included in plan: Useful background information about the workshops' structure, activities and tools, including how trainers can apply and adapt them to various audiences or contexts.

Safety Digital Security

Safety First! Basics of Preventive Digital Safety

This workshop introduces participants to the basics of preventive digital safety and risk awareness measures, which they can apply to their own context. It also provides the main principles and criteria of assessing and deciding what digital tools to choose based on specific individual or group / team situations and needs.

Duration: 2h:40m

Participants: 6-24

Included in plan: Workshop plan and activity templates

Searching Digital Security Verification

Advanced Online Search and Dorking

This workshop introduces participants to advanced internet search methods, tips and tools, all under the umbrella of a technique known as “dorking.” Participants will learn and practice the technique across different search engines, while applying it to various investigation contexts. The workshop also includes tips on essential digital safety and privacy aspects relevant when searching, collecting and sharing information online.

Duration: 2h:40m

Participants: 6 - 24

Included in plan: Workshop plan and activity templates

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Access to information Safety Verification Data Mapping Metadata Research

Exposing the Invisible - The Kit

The Kit is a collaborative, self-learning resource that makes investigative techniques and tools...
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Investigating Visual Media Conflict and Power Verification Video

Struck by a Drone, Verified by Humans: Methods for geolocating a Russian drone strike in Ukraine

This is a case-based guide detailing our methodology to verify a Russian drone strike allegedly...
Access to information Research

Smart Searching with GoogleDorking

Using search engines to their full capacity to expose the unfindable.
Investigating Visual Media Image Research Metadata Verification

More than Meets the Eye: Geolocating Images Using Creativity and SunCalc

Geolocation means finding the real world location of an object, such as the place where a...
Safety Conflict and Power Research

Risk Assessment Is a Mindset, Not a Checklist

Conducting investigations is risky. Unfortunately, individual investigators rarely have...
Access to information Conflict and Power Safety

"Investigation is Collaboration" Booklet: tips, methods and inspiration

Following our "Investigation is Collaboration" conference in August 2021 - and in order to leave...