Fast Company discusses how The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), with only a handful of developers, was able to digitally process massive leaks like the Paradise Papers. Essentially every story the ICIJ tells with its leaked documents includes an interactive network graph, built with Neo4J and Linkurious, a visualization tool. That lets readers see how the companies and individuals in the story interconnect. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

the data can be loaded into the graph database, a tool that Neo4J CEO Emil Eifrem says is becoming more prevalent in journalism overall, presumably as datasets outlining social and commercial networks become that much more common. ICIJ’s success using Neo4J to analyze the Panama Papers has helped stir interest among other organizations working with similar financial data, like banks and tax agencies around the world, Eifrem says.

Recent releases of Neo4J have included more support for data visualization without the need for developers or external tools, software for loading information from other common databases, and algorithms that can help find interesting patterns in the data.
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