Data on Detention: How to Obtain Official Data under the Code of Access to Information

Date & Time
3 pm - 5 pm

“Immigration Detention and Vulnerable Migrants in Hong Kong” Research Methodology Sharing Series

Speaker: Ms. Chloe FUNG, Research Assistant, Faculty of Law


Venue: Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F, University Library
Participants: Research staff and postgraduate students



This workshop explores how to obtain and incorporate hard-to-access official data into qualitative research on law, governance, and public policy in Hong Kong. We will discuss the landscape of open government data and our experience as researchers on the three-year RGC-funded project “Immigration Detention and Vulnerable Migrants in Hong Kong”.

In this workshop, we will share our process in obtaining official data through access-to-information (ATI) requests via the Code on Access to Information (the Code), including specific examples of challenges we faced and how we navigated them.

The workshop will include a guided exercise with practical tips on requesting official information under the Code. For researchers interested in filing their own ATI requests, please feel free to bring your draft questions for discussion and feedback. 


About the Speaker:

Chloe Fung is a researcher on the “Immigration Detention and Vulnerable Migrants in Hong Kong” project at the Faculty of Law in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has particular interest in open data, and data analysis and visualisation to advance rights protection and transparency.



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