We have to face it, though with a heavy heart: There is no responsible way to have a European gathering in May 2021. The vaccines will not be fully rolled out yet, and travel may still be restricted. So we have taken the difficult decision to take Dataharvest 2021 online.

What is the main characteristics of Dataharvest? For us, the keywords are networking, sharing of experiences, inspiration, learning from each other. All that is possible online. Of course, another very important characteristic is “coming together”. That, alas, will have to wait util 2022 (but what a conference we will have then!).

Until then, we hope that you will join us online for presentations of new investigations, new data skills training and for a 3-week online conference in late May-early June. Let’s keep networking and collaborating around new investigations to present and discuss, once we can meet again.

Do you have ideas for the online conference? Things you need to learn, people you would like to hear? Tell us about it!

Arena and Dataharvest will have a series of online meetings and training opportunities from March to June. The detailed program will be ready around March 1 – please follow the website, our Twitter account and the Dataharvest Facebook Group to stay informed!

Happy New Year – more Dataharvest is coming your way! And this marks a new start for Arena for Journalism in Europe!

Are you going to set up a new team for a cross-border investigation? Reality probably is, that you don’t have a big newsroom or big money behind you – but you know that you need to agree on digital security procedures and use safe tools. How do you do it, which software do you choose? On Tuesday January 12 at 10 am, get advice and tools from Arena’s IT manager Benedikt Hebeisen – for free!

The session is going to give you a toolbox. We’ll discuss which tools you can use for your daily work, how you can share your results and investigations with your colleagues, and which tools you can use for communication – of course with a focus on privacy and security.

The link to join the session will be published in the Dataharvest Facebook Group and on Twitter one hour before the session.

This session was postponed in November. Now instead, it marks the beginning of a new initiative from Arena for Journalism in Europe: We will regularly offer pop-up sessions where you can learn tools and techniques for your journalism and collaborations. More online activities will follow to supplement the Dataharvest conference. Join the Dataharvest Facebook Group or follow us on Twitter to stay updated!