In November 2003, the European Commission adopted the PSI directive. The directive encourages
re-use of public data and makes it easier for third parties to create new services around this type of
With the aid of the principle of free access to public records, Swedish journalists have for a
long time had access to documents handled by the authorities. As this principle now are expanded to
access of stored digital public data, new opportunities are presented to journalism as we know it
today, and its role for democracy.
This project aims to develop services for data driven journalism, by investigating the opportunities given by the PSI directive. Furthermore, one of the aims of the projects is to explore business models for these type of services and use the results to create a larger journalistic service based on public data. Furthermore, we aim to carry out user tests throughout the design and implementation process, implement and launch the service and thus use the results of the project to contribute to the current development of services based on public data.
The suggested project is a joint collaborative project where the project group consists of the database journalism department of the public service television company SVT, the business intelligence company Glykol with expert knowledge in public data, and four researchers at Södertörn University.
The project was finished in march 2012. In june 2012, the project got more funding. Vinnova is financing a two-year project called Data journalism. More information about this project will be available in the project database and at the official home page of the project. Link will be provided in a near future.
School of Social Sciences
People linked to the project
Kristoffer Sjöholm, SVT
Helena Bengtsson, SVT
Peder Söderlind, Glykol
Martin Lindqvist, Glykol
Project start: 2011
Project end: 2012
Financier: Verket för innovationssystems (VINNOVA)