Category

Description

Number of tools

Geo & Chrono location

Open source satellite and mapping services

Maps, Satellites & Streetview

1. Baidu Maps

Baidu Maps is a desktop and mobile web mapping service application, offering satellite imagery, street maps, street view and indoor view perspectives

2. Bing Maps

Bing offers more recent and higher resolution imagery than Google, e.g. in Afghanistan and Iraq.

3. Coordinate converter

Geographic Tools; Coordinate Conversion / Datum Transformation

4. Copernicus

Better resolution than Landsat

5. Descartes Labs

Descartes Labs is using its data refinery for satellite imagery. They are currently processing images from the major NASA and ESA satellite constellations. They do not charge journalists

6. Digital Globe

Satellite imagery, derived data, and space infrastructure.

7. Dual Maps

Dual Maps combine synchronised Google Maps, Aerial Imagery and Google Street View into one embeddable control.

8. EOS Landviewer

EOS Landviewer provides free services for up to 10 images. More images and analysis are available to journalists at a discount.

9. ESA Earth Online

The web portal provides a vast amount of content, grown and collected over more than a decade: Detailed technical information on Earth Observation (EO) missions; Satellites and sensors; EO data products & services; Online resources such as catalogues and library; Applications of satellite data; Access to promotional satellite imagery.

10. ESA SNAP

The Sentinel Applications Platform (SNAP) is a data analysis framework ideal for the exploitation of Earth Observation data.

11. Earth Explorer

The EarthExplorer (EE) user interface is an online search, discovery, and ordering tool developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

12. GIJN resources

Here you can find resources for finding and using satellite images.

13. GeoNames

A wide variety of different spellings in various languages. Draws upon many sources, including NGA’s Geonames.

14. GeoVisual Search

GeoVisual Search works on two different imagery catalogues, showcasing multiple resolutions, and national and global scale search.

15. Geograph

Geograph is a concept and open source code for an online website to create a comprehensive collection of photographs capturing every part of given region.

16. Google Earth Engine

Virtually any satellite imagery collected from NASA, NOAA, USGS, etc. is available.

17. Google Earth Pro

Add a Bing Maps satellite imagery layer. Historical imagery.

18. Google Maps

3D modelled places in the Americas, Australia, Europe, North Africa, and SE Asia.

19. HERE WeGo

Here WeGo is a web mapping and navigation service.

20. IndustryAbout

Database of industrial facilities.

21. Map checking

Map checking provides more recent satellite imagery than Google in, e.g. Iraq.

22. Mapillary

Mapillary is the street-level imagery platform that uses computer vision to fix the world’s maps. With computer vision, Mapillary connects images across time and space to create immersive street-level views and extract map data.

23. Mapotic

Mapotic is a mapping platform.

24. NASA EarthData
25. Old Maps Online

Old Maps Online are a useful addition to Google Streetview.

26. OpenStreetCam

OpenStreetCam is a project to collect crowdsourced street-level photographs

27. OpenStreetMap

A wide array of satellite and aerial images; broad search criteria; and other mapping and visualisation tools such as FIRMS for fires. Access to more than a dozen NASA data centres and associated satellite data products. NASA Earth Observations: More than 50 datasets on atmosphere, land, ocean, energy, environment and more.

28. StoryMap

Mapping stories across a geography

29. find2places

Allows querying Google Maps API for two specific places in precise distance from each other within a given radius. Useful for geolocating from photographs.

Handbooks & Tips

Handbooks, courses and tips for reporters

Handbooks

1. COVID Links

Collection of links to resources, tools, data, and knowledge to support COVID analysis.

2. Coronavirus Tech Handbook

A crowdsourced resource for technologists building things related to the coronavirus outbreak.

3. Coronavirus: Resources for Reporters

First Draft’s resource hub has created and collected guidance to support accurate and responsible reporting on coronavirus, which will be regularly updated with new information.

4. EJC Handbook

EJC's Data Journalism Handbook

5. GIJN Asset

Asset Disclosure

6. GIJN Supply Chains

Supply Chains

7. GIJN Tracking Ships

Maritime Shipping

8. GIJN’s Global Guide to Freedom of Information: Resources

National, regional and international sites filled with advice and information, as well as governmental and nongovernmental sites that facilitate the filing of requests online.

9. Investigative Reporters and Editors Resource Hub

The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 25,000 investigative stories, as well as more than 3,500 tipsheets from our national conferences, Watchdog Workshops, and on-the-road training on how to cover specific beats or do specific stories.

10. Journo Code

Data journalism dictionary

11. KUNFU.AI

Tracking Coronavirus Disinformation on Twitter

12. Local News Lab Focus Groups

Focus Groups guide

13. Local News Lab Newsletters

Newsletters guide

14. Membership Puzzle Project & Tow Center Audience Revenue Glossary

Membership Puzzle Project & Tow Center audience revenue glossary

15. News Nerdery

Media technology resources

16. Resources: Guides to Finding Expert Sources

Here are six services with functioning, reliable databases used by journalists searching for expert sources.

17. Solutions Story Tracker

The Solutions Story Tracker® is a curated database of rigorous reporting on responses to social problems.

18. Tools for Investigating Coronavirus Fakes and Disinfo

Bellingcat presents a wide array of tools and guides to conduct online investigations during this difficult time.

19. Types, Sources, and Claims of COVID-19 Misinformation

In this factsheet we identify some of the main types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation seen so far.

20. Verification Handbook

This book equips journalists with the knowledge to investigate social media accounts, bots, private messaging apps, information operations, deep fakes, as well as other forms of disinformation and media manipulation.

Tips

1. 4 Tips for Navigating the COVID-19 Infodemic

How best to deal with falsehoods and misinformation during this pandemic is one of many difficult tasks facing journalists and publishers.

2. 5 Tips for Journalists Working with Whistleblowers

Here are some tips to help guide and inform journalists who are working with whistleblowers.

3. 6 Tips for Using Open Source Tools When Reporting from Home

The use of open source tools, user-generated content (UGC), and advanced search filters has allowed reporters to break major stories on the COVID-19 pandemic from home quarantine.

4. COVID-19: Expert Advice on Investigative Angles

GIJN asked leading journalists in our global community — including experts in investigating disinformation, supply chains, and open source tools — for their advice to fellow reporters on what we should be scrutinizing during the outbreak.

5. CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the Coronavirus Outbreak

Safety tips for journalists who are planning to cover the COVID-19 outbreak.

6. Digital Security Do's and Don'ts for Journalists

Tips and tools that journalists can use to protect themselves, their data and their story.

7. Hackastory Tools

A handpicked list of tools and resources to help you build your digital story.

8. How Journalists Can Work from Home Securely

Cybersecurity tips for reporters working remotely in the time of COVID-19

9. Interview Tips for Journalists

5 interview tips every journalist needs

10. Investigative Photography: Supporting a Story with Images

Useful tips for photographing documents, storing images, and recovering lost information.

11. Mental Health Tips and Resources for Journalists

Journalists are often on the frontlines of some of the world’s most challenging events, from crime scenes and road accidents to natural disasters and wars. Now, journalists around the world are working overtime to cover the COVID-19 pandemic.

Image & Video

Image and video search and verification tools

Social media

Social media tools for reporters