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.

Public Lab: DIY mapping tools

A community, which develops and applies open-source tools for environmental investigation.
Research Mapping Satellite Imagery Data

Google Earth Outreach

Tools to create visualisations and tell their stories using Google Earth.
Investigating Visual Media


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 images a...
Conflict and Power Money and Politics
Data Research


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


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 map...
Mapping Satellite Imagery

Quantum GIS

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

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 peop...

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 ma...

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 dataset...