I first discovered investigative journalism when I was at a 3 day training with rise project,as a activist and computer science expert.
Most of the data that the reporters at rise project deal with is received in scanned pdf or in word documents.
(Casa journalistului) The journalism house
One of the first task in that I got involved was with a word document 3500 pages long, with the list of all the betting firms in Romania.
From this I had to convert the document into a excel file, using different formulas and custom scripts that I had written.
Out of this resulted a map with all the betting places in Bucharest,crosses referenced with all the public schools in Bucharest, data obtained from openstreetmap.
With this map we were able to show that al least a dozen of the betting places were not respecting the 100 meters distance rule all betting activities have to respect, according to Romanian legislation.
For 5 years i am in charge of developing the worldwide project OpenStreetMap in Romania, via a facebook page that now have over 1300 likes and a facebook group that have over 300 members and active community.
In 2015 i had moved to Cluj-Napoca to work as a Map Analyst for Telenav, a US firm that uses OSM data.
I worked as a consultant for the World Bank, as a OpenStreetMap expert.
Why is so cool OSM ? Because it is Open-Source. We are a community of over 3 million persons from all around the globe that we want to make a free and open source map of the world.
Q: What you can do with it ?
You can find out what shop is open at 3 in the morning near you, or what pharmacy you can find open on sunday morning, at 4 am.
Over 650,000 locations have also the accessibility informations, so that if a person that is in a wheelchair want to come to Cluj-Napoca and needs to know exactly n what hotel they should check-in that is accessible for them, they can find out directly from the internet. They can see also where they can find a accessible restaurant for them, a club, etc.
You can try to see how this map looks here : http://osm24.eu/