Barbara Maseda, Cuba, is the director and founder of Proyecto Inventario, an open data initiative that helps journalists to find data and documents to support their reporting in Cuba, a country without transparency policies and with very poor internet access.

This media start-up is the result of her John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University (2018), where she also expanded on her work about the potential of text-mining applications in journalism.

She has been exploring ways to take advantage of less conventional sources of data, such as document collections, since her master’s studies at Birmingham City University, UK (2016), with a view to increasing the limited number of sources at the disposal of journalists in closed countries such as Cuba.