How do freedom-of-information request websites function? Does it make sense for journalists to use them, and if yes, in which situations? What other resources can journalists find via such websites? For the EU, Germany and several other countries, websites are available to help you file document requests. In Norway, several media have joined forces to consider a shared document request portal. Dataharvest – The European Investigative Journalism Conference is a meeting point where networks are established and nurtured, data and documents shared, cross-border projects conceived and teams established. The conference days are all about learning, inspiration and getting some work done.

The session “FOI lunch 3: Experiences with online document requests” had the following speakers:

  • Helen Darbishire, Executive Director of Access Info Europe;
  • Brigitte Alfter, Journalist. Director of Arena for Journalism Europe;
  • Tarjei Leer-Salvesen, Investigative journalist; and
  • Arne Semsrott, Project Manager FragDenStaat, Open Knowledge Foundation.