We will add outputs and workshop reports prepared as part of this project as it progresses. In the meantime, some useful resources for those interested in open source research include:

Reports/Academic research

  • The Engine Room, DatNav: Guide to Navigate and Integrate Digital Data in Human Rights Research, available to download here.
  • Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, Introductory Guide to Open Source Intelligence and Digital Verification, available to download here.
  • Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley, The New Forensics: Using Open Source Information to Investigate Grave Crimes, available to download here.
  • First Draft News, Journalism and Vicarious Trauma: A Guide for Journalists, Editors, and News Organisations, available to download here (while prepared with journalists in mind, many of the same issues of vicarious trauma arise with human rights research).
  • Molly Land and Jay Aronson (eds.), New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2018), available as open access from here.


YouTube channels





Human rights researchers may be interested in signing up to test a prototype version of our Knowledge Hub Framework here.


Docker FaceSearch Tool (alpha version):

DockerHub download command:    docker pull geospatial/osr4rights_facesearch 

Windows Installation guide: PDF link

macOS Installation guide: PDF link 

Video installation guide and demo: link



Useful tools for analysis include:  

  • Amnesty International Citizen Evidence Lab tool: Extract YouTube video metadata.
  • InVID: Fake video news debunker extension for Chrome.
  • Keep: Video preservation tool developed by RightsLab and Meedan.
  • FotoForensics: tools and training for image analysis.
  • WayBack Machine: archived web content.
  • SunCalc: shows sun movement and sunlight phases on any date or location.
  • IBA Eyewitness App: for collecting verifiable photos and videos in the field.
  • TinEye: Reverse image search tool.