How graph databases can help uncover wrongdoing (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2016 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Mar Cabra of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; William Lyon of Neo4j
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 17 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Galerie 1
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Answering the question of “who is connected to whom?” is crucial to any investigation. Criminals, tax evaders, drug traffickers... they all work in networks. Graph databases can help you make sense of these networks and easily visualize the connections. Learn how the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists turned documents into a public database of secretive offshore companies and how you can use Neo4j and graph databases to make sense of connected data and find hidden stories.

Speaker Bios

  • Mar Cabra is a multimedia investigative reporter from Spain, member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Her award-winning work has revealed the systematic use of tax havens, misuse of EU fishing subsidies, overfishing in the South Pacific, exposed the lucrative trade of body parts and the overmedication of foster children in the US. She also teaches data journalism in two master degrees and coordinates monthly workshops in the topic in Madrid.

  • William Lyon is a software developer at Neo4j, the open source graph database. He works on building integrations for Neo4j with other technologies, helping users build graph applications, and also leads the Neo4j Data Journalism Accelerator Program. He holds a masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Montana. You can find him online at or @lyonwj

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