Mapping out influence in European institutions


Who is behind this?

Friedrich Lindenberg

Open Knowledge Foundation e.V.


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

We want to create a research tool for journalists and political scientists who aim to explore how and why decisions are made and influenced within the European Union, from Parliament to the Directorates; from consumer protection to international trade law.

Why does Europe need your idea?

The only thing we know is that we don't know how decisions are made on the various levels of European institutions. We don't know how issues are discussed, who is heard and who isn't.

We should at least be able to know, so we can decide ourselves if we care.

What is your impact?

Within this scope of funding, we'd like to see about a dozen pieces of independent, data-driven reporting using and citing our databases, and six to ten pieces of academic or think tank research that do the same.

How do you get there?

We'll create a curated set of databases, available in such a form that they are easy and quick to access for people with a limited technical understanding.

Further, we'll provide documentation and showcase existing uses, so that e.g. reporters in one European country can learn from and clone stories that have been done in other countries.

We will also actively promote the use of these databases at journalism conferences and with the EU research communities.

Finally, we want to organise a hackathon that would bring together developers and experts to extract data from EU institutions. The hackathon would address information needs discovered through the platform's users.

This will build on our existing efforts, such as,,

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Always looking for use ideas and interesting dataset to consider for inclusion!



Idea created on April 9, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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