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A decade of digital evolution to help reporting revolutions at ICIJ

Five years ago, on May 9, 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published the details of more than 200,000 offshore entities from the Panama Papers to the Offshore Leaks Database. The addition of so much previously secret tax haven data was the culmination of more than 12 months of rigorous analysis and processing of one of the world’s largest data leaks.

But it wasn’t ICIJ’s first time working with data sets on a scale unseen in traditional journalism. Five years prior, even before ICIJ officially had a data team, director Gerard Ryle obtained a set of 2.5 million files — at the time the largest of its kind in history — that would eventually become the Offshore Leaks investigation, published in 2013.

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