About NOIR

NOIR is a student innovation hub for visual investigation and communication. The hub focuses on ways of applying open source investigation methodology and logic to investigations on environmental and human rights violations.

The force of NOIR is the ability to perform what we call “crowd analysis”, which means that we bring a large group of students from multiple disciplines, such as anthropology, journalism, architecture and data analysis, who look at large or big data, which is either complicated or complex. The “crowd analysis” makes it possible to look deeper and more thoroughly at all details in the data. 

Behind NOIR is an interdisciplinary team of academic students and open source investigators. The hub have a manager who makes sure that all the programs run smoothly, research groups find ways to communicate, education happens and investigations are well planned.

We have divided NOIR into two intertwined programs, which are the Societal Change Investigators and the Visual Counter Monitors.

Societal Change Investigators focuses on open source methodologies and logics to investigate human rights and environmental violations. The Societal Change Investigators will be using existing techniques and tools, but will at the same time innovate new evidence-based techniques to hold states, corporations and organisations accountable on issues about environmental and human rights violations. 

The investigations will take place in multiple formats. Some investigations will be done by the program participants, others will be done in collaboration with Danish (or international) journalists, human rights organisations and other open source investigative organisations. We have already worked with a series of danish and international organisations, such as Danish broadcasting Corporation (DR), TV2 (DK), Al Jazeera (QAT) and Lighthouse Reports (NL). The Societal Change Investigators will bring interdisciplinary knowledge from students studying journalism, anthropology or law, which in combination will innovate open source methodologies and logics.

Visual Counter Monitors focuses on visual investigation and communication of evidence on environmental and human rights violations. The Visual Counter Monitors work with visualization of data as a tool and method for investigations, where techniques such as photogrammetry, audio and spatial analysis will be applied. At the same time Visual Counter Monitors work with visualization for communication of data to reconstruct the scenes and infrastructures of environmental and human rights violations.

The Visual Counter Monitors will bring interdisciplinary knowledge from students studying animation, programming, journalism, visual anthropology or investigative architecture, which in combination will innovate ways of reconstructing scenes and infrastructures of environmental and human rights violations. The ambition is a Danish / European media collaborate with Visual Counter Monitors to make 3D and visual reconstruction of investigations.