NewsMap Visual Representation of Google News

This isn't the first time the NewsMap application has been mentioned in the news but its the first time its been mentioned on a site that focuses soley on api's. It visually represents hidden patterns in the news in a pretty cool way. Stories that are being talked about the most will have the largest font and take up the most amount of space on the map while the smaller stories will take up less space and have a smaller font. Below is an image of today's technology headlines.

NewsMap visually represents hidden patterns in data in an easy to understand way.

The person responsible for this application is Marcos Weskamp and this isn't his first flash based application that visualizes seemingly inherent relationships between data. He also built a sweet app that visualizes relationships between email. I found out that Sean Corfield is the biggest contributor to the cf-talk mailing list. Las time I was on that mailing list Dave Watts was the biggest contributor so there's a new top dog and this nifty tool showed me in an easy to understand manner.

An explanation of the newsmap service is found on their site.

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap's objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe. Newsmap does not pretend to replace the googlenews aggregator. It's objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media. It is not thought to display an unbiased view of the news, on the contrary it is thought to ironically accentuate the bias of it.

More information on the algorithms used to create the visual representations called treemaps can be found here.


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