Handbooks and Guides on Covering Oil, Gas and Mining

The following are a brief list of online resources on covering oil, gas and mining.

Please suggest additional resources, in the comments section, that we can feature on this site. Thank you.

Oil Contracts: How to Read and Understand Them

OpenOilContractsBookletIn late October 2012, OpenOil gathered a group of world class oil experts and professionals to jointly write a book which explains how to read the contracts which govern the industry. Borrowing a crash production technique known as a “book sprint” facilited by Adam Hyde of bookSprints.net, the group produced “Oil Contracts- how to read and understand them” in just one week.


Exploring Oil Data: A Reporter’s Handbook

Exploring Oil Data Handbook cover“…a crisp and wide-ranging little guide to information sources on the oil industry which will be handy for any reporter, campaigner or analyst who wants to see beneath the surface. I wish I’d had it on my desk several years ago.” – Diarmid O’Sullivan, Open Society Fellow and former member of the EITI Board.


An Illustrated Glossary of Oil and Gas Terminologies

IllustratedglossaryofselectedoilandgasterminologiescoverThis glossary has been put together to serve as a quick reference material for all stakeholders who are desirous to gain basic insight and understanding into the technicalities and workings of the fledgling industry. It is by no means exhaustive, but a compilation of selected terminologies that are commonly used in the oil and gas industry, especially those that have been used in official documents/reports on the nascent industry. Where possible, pictorial illustrations have been included to help user better understand the definitions provided.


Covering Oil: A Reporter’s Guide to Energy and Development

covering-oil-sq-20050803The guidebook comes out of a series of workshops for journalists in the oil-exporting countries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Nigeria, during which participants expressed a need for more information to help them understand the issues surrounding resource exploitation. In response to these consultations, Covering Oil outlines the fundamentals of petroleum contracts, provides a glossary of relevant economic theory, and presents case studies of major public policy issues.


Follow the Money: A Guide Monitoring Budgets and Oil and Gas Revenues

Follow the MoneyFollow the Money provides practical information on how citizens of resource-rich countries can become effective monitors of government earnings and expenditures. It summarizes the experiences of some of the most successful budget groups in the world. Representatives of these groups came together at Central European University in April 2004 to discuss what it takes to succeed in monitoring government management of public money. The workshop was organized by OSI in partnership with the Center for Policy Studies at Central European University and the International Budget Project.


Drilling Down: The Civil Society Guide to Extractive Industry Revenues and the EITI

drilling downProduced by Revenue Watch and authored by transparency and extractives industry expert David Goldwyn, Drilling Down is written specifically for civil society readers new to the challenges of extractive revenue management. In addition to the defining EITI concepts and stages of implementation, the book provides recommendations for interpreting an EITI audit and effectively communicating the results, and also explores advanced revenue management issues such as contracts and legal and economic frameworks, areas of vulnerability in accounting, and revenue and expenditure tracking.


Reporting on Risk: A Journalist’s Handbook on Environmental Risk Assessment

This handbook distils the basics of risk assessment. It is designed to give the reader an overview of the process, what it can achieve, its limitations, and problems to watch for. It will not make the reader an expert on risk assessment, but it should provide an elementary knowledge of basic concepts and enable reporters to approach risk stories with more confidence and knowledge.


Environmental Reporting for African Journalists

EnvironmentalreportingforafricanjournalistsThe dynamic nature of environmental information calls for concerted, consistent and informed environmental reporting. This handbook amplifies the call and presents journalists with the tools of delivering such reporting.


There will be Ink – A study of Journalism Training in Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria

TherewillbeinkThis report is intended to serve as a guide for organizations considering establishing journalist training programs in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda. The report provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities in the journalism profession in these three countries. Generalizations across countries are difficult. Thus, we encourage anyone making use of this report for program planning to consider the findings on each country as a distinct entity.