Project description

Ojoconmipisto is a an independent journalistic project that trains reporters, and promotes citizen participation and the accountability of public funds. This video (with subtitles in English) explains what we do.
"40 alcaldías bajo la lupa" (40 councils under scrutiny) is a data journalist project that reflects the Guatemalan political system. We investigated 545 people that belong to 40 councils. With the data we write 13 stories.
On the website http://bit.ly/corrupción-municipal you will find such information that the Judicial System and the General Attorney Office have of this politician (search engine), data from the local government and their authorities.
We use different data provided by public institutions. And we also use the Guatemalan Freedom of Information Act with five institutions, so we sent 170 emails. We developed eight databases that you can find on the website and download them.
Our mayor goal, we achieve is that the project reflects the Guatemalan political system and people understand with the stories why we need to change the Electoral and Political Parties Laws.
Ojoconmipisto received a grant from Fundación Tigo for this project. With this grant, we hired the data journalism reporter, the website developer, one reporter and seven freelance to write the stories.

What makes this project innovative?

It was the first project of its kind in Guatemala to use open data for research and government accountability. The databases used to do the analysis were published so that the public may have direct access to the data. It was also the first independent project to look at several municipalities from all over the country and ask their mayors for accountability.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

We had been invited to introduce our project to different audiences (Organization of American States, universities, civil society), different media published the stories and with the analytics provided by Google.

Source and methodology

We use different data provided by public institutions. And we also use the Guatemalan Freedom of Information Act with five institutions, so we sent 170 emails. We developed eight databases that you can find on the website and download them.
We ask information, with our FOIA, to these institutions:
1. Judicial System (Organismo Judicial)
2. General Attorney Office (Ministerio Público)
3. Government accountability Office (Contraloría General de Cuentas)
4. Internal Revenue Service (Superintendencia de Administración Tributaria)
5. Department of the Treasury (Ministerio de Finanzas)
6. Supreme Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Supremo Electoral)
We created our own databases and the journalist write the stories with the data. As a journalist project we have to verifythe information. We look for the majors and the authorities.


Technologies Used

We only use Wordpress.

Project members

Data journalist: Ximena Villagrán
Reporters: Mirna Alvarado, Emiliano Castro, Elsa Coronado, Ximena Enríquez, Mariajosé España, Oswaldo Ical, María José Longo, Ximena Villagrán (Freelance) and Isaías Morales (Ojoconmipisto's reporter)
Design: Javier Marroquín
WebDesign: Oscar Pineda (Polvo Estelar)
Photos FrontPage: Luis Soto, Adriana Alpírez, José Bernardino Francisco, Buró Informativo de Guatemala
Photo Editor Luis Soto
Edición: Gabriela Barrios y Ana Carolina Alpírez

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