Freedom of In­formation Document Overview

Given a pile of documents, an investigative journalist often has to dig deep to find a newsworthy story. FIDO, the Freedom of In­formation Document Overview, is designed to assist in this workflow. FIDO supports the exploration, search, and analysis of large collections of texts, such as the ones that jour­nalists can get through the Freedom of Information Act.

Who are the key players in a large set of documents? What links to real-world events are found in these and other sources? FIDO analyses uploaded documents on the fly, detecting things such as person names, companies and even mentions of money exchanging hands. The results are presented in powerful visualisations of social networks, word clouds, maps and timelines.