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About the EIJC & Dataharvest

Dataharvest? What's the idea? Where did it come from? Learn how the EIJC & Dataharvest developed into what it is today: a working, experimenting, networking and classic conference all in one.

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EIJC & Dataharvest is a working conference
Every year on the Pre-Dataharvest Hackathon a team of coders prepares one or several datasets for journalists – including the freshly released data on the EU farm subsidies. During the conference the coders assist journalists and teams of journalists in using the data for stories. Journalists can return to their newsrooms with fresh data for new stories.

EIJC & Dataharvest is an experimenting conference
Media and journalism are in a time of change. At Dataharvest EIJC we consider this a wonderful opportunity to apply our creativity and try new ways of doing great journalism. Data journalism, cross-border journalism, entrepreneurial journalism, new storytelling methods, new collaborations between scientists and journalists...

EIJC & Dataharvest is a networking conference
Networking is paramount for journalists in Europe. At Dataharvest EICJ we make room for networking and further it actively: presentations are followed by smaller workshops to make contacts, networking methods are taught and rooms are reserved for teams who want to sit down to make research plans.

EIJC & Dataharvest is a classic conference
The finest speakers from successful and important journalistic projects and newsrooms give presentations, head workshops and share their experiences.

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History

Formally founded in 2011, the EIJC & Dataharvest merged two networks: journalists and coders. The event was organised by Journalismfund.eu, Wobbing.eu and Farmsubsidy.org to create an opportunity for both networks to learn from each other, share and develop best practices, make contacts and develop stories together.

The roots of the conference, however, date back to January 2007. That's when a network of journalists specialised in the use of freedom of information legislation as a research tool gathered for the first time in what would become an annual meeting in the Wobbing.eu network. They worked on shared considerations such as access to data, obstacles in access to information and privacy. Another network of journalists and coders had emerged out of the Farmsubsidy.org group that accessed, compiled and worked with information about the EU's agricultural policy.

During an improvised get-together in May 2011 in Brussels, 35 founding participants laid the ground for the future of the conference, adopting the name of the Farmsusbidy.org networks' gatherings: Dataharvest. Since then, the conference has gradually grown in focus and size. It went beyond discussing farm subsidy data and FOI legislation, offering lectures and workshops on online and database searching, data analysis and data visualisation. FOI experts were invited to share their experience and best practices. Brainstorms were organised to get new story ideas. Coders and data journalists exchanged ideas and work methods together. Cross-border investigative stories were shared.

The number of participants increased every year, too. From 35 founding particpants in 2011, over nearly a hundred in 2012, 150 in 2013, 200 in 2014 and 270 in 2015, to 320 for the 2016 edition. The most recent edition, EIJC/ Dataharvest 2017, saw some 382 people from 52 different countries attend.