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August 03, 2004

Mapping the News


This is a beta of "News Maps" from NewsIsFree. The image, created by a Java applet, shows a "technology news map" of current event in the tech sphere. Here's how NewsIsFree describes the site:

NewsKnowledge and The Hive Group have joined forces to bring you News Maps, visual maps of the NewsIsFree headline database. News Maps allow you to quickly scan dozens of news articles and instantly understand what's being reported all over the world. Each square in the News Map is an article. You can obtain additional detail on each article by moving your mouse over it. You can read an article by clicking on it.

The Hive Group's Honeycomb algorithm organizes news headlines by source. Size and Color information indicate article age and popularity. You can easily filter and rearrange you results to view articles that meet certain criteria, or that contain certain text.

This kind of mapping isn't an entirely new idea. And the potential, for now, seems greater than the achievement.

But this is an intriguing approach to making the daily information flood a little less intimidating and a little more manageable. I'll be watching with interest.

(Cross-posted to eJournal.)

Posted by Dan at August 3, 2004 06:42 AM


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