Detective.io hosts several investigations. There, journalists and analysts add and browse data that they scraped or collected by hand. Journalism++ co-founder Nicolas Kayser Bril shares how the for a Data Journalism Award nominated application was made: “A tool like Detective.io needs developers, designers, project managers, testers… No one could do that alone.”
“Detective.io is a tool to structure and query data used in journalistic investigations and business intelligence. Its graph search and visualization features let anyone do advanced network analysis in seconds.”
“We have worked in network analysis for several years now. Working at OWNI, I (with Pierre Romera), created InfluenceNetworks, a tool to store and explore relationships between people. It failed but taught us a lot. We also look closely at Poderopedia, Grano, LittleSis and all the other network analysis projects out there.
With Detective, we cater to the common users who have data needs that cannot be answered by a spreadsheets but don’t have the time to learn a complex tool. The idea for the interface came from a friend of ours who’s a police officer and needed a tool to keep track of her networks of dealers. True story!”
Team & Tools
“A tool like Detective.io needs developers, designers, project managers, testers… No one could do that alone. The team used Django, Neo4j, Neo4Django, Angular.JS.”
“Detective.io uses concepts from the semantic web, like ontologies and triples. Even though users recognize the power of the tool once they start using it, we have yet to find a good metaphor to explain what it does.””