Command line tools for open source researchers (for absolute beginners)

Tuesday, 1 August 2023 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CEST

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Participant Bellingcat Online Workshop Incl. 21% VAT Partial Approval - €325.00

The ticket price is inclusive of 21% VAT and additional fees. All individuals applying for this course are subject to the Dutch VAT of 21%. If your application is paid for by a company to whom different VAT rules apply, please mention your VAT number in the registration form, after which we will send you a separate invoice. Please note that this event requires you to register before purchasing your ticket. This means you will not be required to pay before we approve the current registration request. We also include administrative and processing fees in the ticket price. For our 2023 workshops we increased our fees to match inflation and additional labor costs. Thus, with these fees and the 21% VAT, each 4-hour block totals €325.00.

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Tuesday, 1 August 2023 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CEST

Command line tools for open source researchers (for absolute beginners) (4 hour webinar)

You would like to learn how to download hundreds of social media posts at once? You saw that tools for open source investigators were produced during Bellingcat hackathons but you have no idea how to use them?

If you are ready to put time and effort into learning some technical skills, a whole new world of tools and research possibilities will open up to you. You ask yourself how to enter this world?

Here is where our webinar comes in. In this 4 hour webinar session for absolute beginners we introduce you to all the good reasons why challenging yourself to become more technical will help you if you want to spend your career or spare time in the world of open source research.

We will teach you what you need to get started, which technical skills you should learn first, and how to use several command line tools for open source researchers.

The webinar session will cover:

 ·   The command line and why the command line is so important for using a whole range of interesting open source research tools;

·   Code sharing platforms: The place to find exciting tools;

·   The best programming language for open source research;

·   Examples of command line tools for open source research and how to run them;

·   Recommendations for learning materials and next steps.

At the end of this session, you will have a list of command line tools at your disposal which you will be able to run yourself even after the webinar. You will not yet be able to use all the technical tools and research methods that you might need but you will know what you need to learn to enter the world of command line tools. 

Please create a Google account before participating in this webinar (if you do not yet have one, you can also use your personal Google account). 

Important note: This webinar is suitable for people who have never used the command line of their computer before. If you are familiar with the terminal, we recommend you watch out for more advanced webinars later this year. 

Cancellation policy

You will be registered as a participant only after we have received full payment of the workshop fee;

If you cancel your registration up to one week before the start of the workshop, you will be refunded the total workshop fee, minus EUR 25 (+ VAT and fees) (administrative costs);

If you cancel within six to two days before the start of the workshop, you will be reimbursed 50% of the workshop fee. If we are able to replace you with a waiting list candidate, then the total fee (minus EUR 25 (+ VAT and fees)  administrative costs) will be refunded.


Bellingcat is an international collective of researchers and citizen journalists using digital verifiable information to investigate a broad range of topics and uncover wrongdoing. Our research is based on facts and evidence and we publish articles with the aim to find objective truth and advance justice, transparency and accountability. We cooperate, share and train others to spread our knowledge, build networks and expand the online open source community.

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