Network of searchable leaks (new/s/leak) is a research project producing a software prototype that allows to quickly and intuitively explore large amounts of textual data. The tool will support journalists working with datasets like the Afghan War Diary, the U.S. diplomatic cables leak (both distributed by Wikileaks in 2010), or the hacking of The Hacking Team (2014). The goal is to provide a quick access to important entities (people, organizations, places) and their relationships, and how their usage changes over time.


The new/s/leak project is a collaboration between Hamburg University (Department of language technology), Darmstadt University (department of information visualization) and Der Spiegel. In 2016 and 2018, the project was funded by the Volkswagenstiftung as a part of the initiative “Science and Data Journalism”.

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New/s/leak 2.0: Second project phase finished

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New/s/leak at WissensWerte 2018

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Paper accepted at EMNLP 2018 (Brussels, Belgium)

Paper accepted at SocInfo 2018 conference in St. Petersburg

Newsleak 2.0 pre-release software demo

Presentation at #EIJC18 & Dataharvest conference

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