Free “OSINT” Tools and Resources

Here's another good aggregation of mostly free tools and resources, grouped under the increasingly popular term OSINT (open-source intelligence). Includes ways to search usernames, email addresses, also geolocation tools, language translations, and malicious file analysis. Its creator, Justin Nordine, has organized them into easy-to-find categories. Notes Nordine: “Some of the sites included might require registration or offer more data for $$$, but you should be able to get at least a portion of the available information for no cost.”

Source: OSINT Framework

Posted on: March 20, 2019

#IRE18 FOMO? Check Out These Tipsheets

This year’s Investigative Reporters and Editors gathering was held in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend with more than 150 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations. But if you didn’t make it -- never fear! The good folks at #IRE18 have lined up tipsheets and links on everything from investigating healthcare in your town to wildlife issues, consumer investigations to tracking public records and investigating inequality as well as information on fellowships and grants for freelancers.

Source: IRE

Posted on: June 20, 2018

Journalist’s Toolbox

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has updated its Journalist’s Toolbox resource page. Although many are US-centric, there are lots of tools with a more global approach. The list includes good resources from mobile journalism, and public records to fact-checking social media.

Source: Society of Professional Journalists

Posted on: July 23, 2013

Spundge: A New Tool to Track and Filter Content

Resources: Spundge is a useful tool that helps to gather and structure all the relevant online information you need, thus making the process of content searching much easier. The app was initially launched for journalists and was tested in several newsrooms.

Source: European Journalism Centre

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Investigative Resources

A portal and guide for private investigators, eInvestigator offers useful resources pages. Though heavily US-oriented, there’s a lot there, from primers on ABA routing numbers and handwriting analysis to pet detectives and property records.

Source: eInvestigator

Posted on: June 18, 2013

38 Free ebooks on Journalism Available

Paul Bradshaw, journalist and visiting professor at City University in London, compiled an useful list of 38 free ebooks on journalism. The list includes publications on online journalism and multimedia, computer assisted reporting, copyright and investigative journalism.

Source: Online Journalism Blog

Posted on: June 13, 2013

Global Database of Transparency Groups

The Sunlight Foundation has created a database of civil society organizations working on transparency and open data issues around the world. As explained by Júlia Keresu, Sunlight's International Program Coordinator, in addition to locating the organizations, they "tried to filter information about relevant actors by area of operation, issues covered and the actual approach."

Source: Sunlight Foundation

Posted on: June 5, 2013

Google Hangout: ICIJ Offshore Secrecy Project

IRE this week hosted a Google Hangout in which the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists discussed its investigation into offshore secrecy, which tapped into a cache of 2.5 million leaked files and "cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts." The Hangout was broadcast live on May 14, but you can watch a video of the event.

Source: Investigative Reporters and Editors

Posted on: May 15, 2013