24/5/2018 - 27/5/2018

The European Investigative Journalism & Dataharvest Conference (Mechelen, Belgium)


The EIJC (European Investigative Journalism Conference) and Dataharvest, organised by Journalismfund.eu, is the most relevant networking event for investigative and data journalists in Europe. The EIJC and Dataharvest 2018 will take place on Thursday 24, Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday morning 27 May 2018 in Mechelen. Conference hashtag is #EIJC18.

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. 

Find out more here.