Laura Aznar.- ProPublica, a small independent non profit agency, has presented ProPublica Data Store, an online shop where data content, graphs, histories and interactive apps will be offered to journalists, who can buy the material and use it on their work. The project’s objective is to make economic profit from the information, and to obtain an alternative source of income with their sale; however, at the same time, promoters pretend to provide a free way with the ultimate aim to get the community to have access to journalistic material.
Journalists have to pay a 200 dollars tax to obtain documents, while academic investigators have to pay 2,000 dollars. Nevertheless, communication professionals can acquire some of the national treasure data for 1,000 dollars, while scholars have to pay 10,000 dollars. The organization offers, too, a free trial for the user to make sure the information covers his needs.
As the project’s managers -Scott Klein and Ryan Grochowski-, have explained, ProPublica Data Store is an experiment, and, for now, it only counts with a scarce number of documents, together with a manual which explains how to buy, but the intention is for the application to have continuity through time and to keep adding more content.
Translated by Clàudia Arqués