Tools and Databases

Learn about what tools can be used and what sources of information and data are available to almost anyone willing to uncover issues affecting communities locally and across borders.


Access to information Data Research Verification

Tracking flights in real time with Flightradar24

A tool that enables users to see real-time information about thousands of aircraft around the world.
Conflict and Power Access to information Mapping

Libra: The landsat imagery browser

A tool to browse, sort, and download more than 275 Terabytes of open Landsat imagery for free.
Access to information Money and Politics Research

Panama Registry of Companies

A useful resource for journalists and activists tracking corruption and tax avoidance across...
Access to information Money and Politics Research Data journalism

Yanukovych Leaks

Journalists and activists rescued and digitalised the documents which led to the impeachment of...

Public Lab: DIY mapping tools

A community, which develops and applies open-source tools for environmental investigation.
Money and Politics Research

Ecosystem of Corporate Politicians

Interactive visualisation showing the relationships between Portuguese politicians and private...


Making drone strikes locations more visible, a little closer and more real.

The Land Matrix

A set of data visualisations and a public online database on land grabbing deals.
Money and Politics Data

Kings of Coal

An interactive website that can help you stop harmful energy projects financed by the European...
Research Mapping Satellite Imagery Data

Google Earth Outreach

Tools to create visualisations and tell their stories using Google Earth.
Conflict and Power Mapping Data journalism

The Migrants Files

A database that contains information on 27,000 migrants who died on their way to Europe since 2000.
Money and Politics Access to information Research


A free database of who-knows-who at the heights of business and government.
Money and Politics Data Research

They Rule

A website offering interactive visualisations on the biggest American corporations.
Access to information Money and Politics


An overview of the WikiLeaks library, launched by Julian Assange in 2006.
Money and Politics Access to information Data Research

OpenCorporates: the largest open database of the corporate world

OpenCorporates is a database which aims to gather information on all the companies in the world....
Investigating Visual Media Mapping


Create your own user generated maps
Investigating Visual Media Image Research Verification Metadata


A mobile app by The GuardianProject and WITNESS that captures and preserves the metadata of...
Conflict and Power Money and Politics Data Research


A tool that helps to identify relationships and real world links between people, groups,...


The operating system designed to preserve your privacy and anonymity.
Conflict and Power Investigating Visual Media Mapping Research

PATTRN: A tool to map events

A tool that can be used to collaboratively build a database of information that enables users to...
Mapping Satellite Imagery

Quantum GIS

A free and open source tool to create, edit, visualise, analyse and publish geospatial data.
Safety Research

Tor Browser

A tool to browse the web securely.
Investigating Visual Media Data journalism Data


An online visualisation tool that allows you to create interactive charts from your data.
Data journalism Data Research

Tableau Public

A free tool for visualising data.
Conflict and Power Access to information Data Research


An adaptable platform to acquire information from anonymous sources and whistleblowers.
Data Research

A place to showcase your work and find inspiration.

OTR: A tool to anonymize your communications

Off-the-record messaging (also known as OTR) allows you to have secure conversations with other...

GPG Encryption for Your Emails

A tool allowing you to encrypt the content of your emails if the person you write to also uses it.
Mapping Satellite Imagery

Mapknitter, a tool for "stitching" aerial images together

Mapknitter is a free, open source tool for combining and positioningimages into a composite image...
Money and Politics Data Research

Investigative Dashboard

The Investigative Dashboard was created by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project...

Kill Your Phone

Enclose your phone into a Faraday cage to block all incoming and outgoing signals!

Google Fusion Tables

DISCONTINUED - A web application by Google allowing you to gather, visualise and share large...