Site on Latin America’s Rich and Powerful Gives Users its Content

May 162013
  • Poderopedia, an award-winning digital platform that maps who is who in business and politics, will soon launch in Venezuela and Colombia.

Poderopedia is a platform that reveals the relationships among elites in a country or region, especially in places where power is concentrated in the hands of a few people.

After winning the Knight News Challenge in 2011, we launched Poderopedia in Chile last fall.

Our goal: to map who is who in business and politics in our country, and to offer an open source version of our platform to let anyone map relationships in their own communities.

Since then, the platform has received much international coverage, and many Chilean news websites have used Poderopedia to do fact-checking and background reporting. They also quote news from it and reuse our content, thanks to our Creative Commons 3.0 license.

This week, as part of my ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellowship, we took a giant step toward expanding the platform. We added several new features that let users easily republish, reuse and add to our content and code.

Read the full post on IJNet.

The International Journalists' Network, IJNet, keeps professional and citizen journalists up to date on the latest media innovations, online journalism resources, training opportunities and expert advice. ICFJ produces IJNet in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. IJNet is supported by donors including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.