Past events

Live: Super Stream Me 26 Nov 2015 at 20:00

A look back on one of the most ruthless live streaming experiments ever with Tim Den Besten and Nicolaas Veul as well as several special guests.

Live: VR Cinema Showcase 24 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Virtual reality pioneers show their latest works and reflect on both the hype and artistic potential of virtual reality and immersive media.

Live: The Art of Artificial Intelligence 23 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Live cinema event on artificial intelligence, including live presentations of Kyle McDonald, Dries Depoorter and Ross Goodwin.

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Panorama of news headlines

Newsmap (doclab-page) is an interactive online visualization that reflects the constantly changing landscape of global news stories that are collected by the Google News aggregator. Google News continuously crawls thousands of news sources from around the world and selects headlines

Newsmap (doclab-page) is an interactive online visualization that reflects the constantly changing landscape of global news stories that are collected by the Google News aggregator. Google News continuously crawls thousands of news sources from around the world and selects headlines for its homepage. The selection process is based on a computer algorithm that includes how often and on which sites a story appears elsewhere on the web. This reflects the tradition of Google’s web search mechanism, which relies heavily on the collective judgment of web publishers to determine which sites offer the most valuable and relevant information.

In Newsmap, current news headlines are mapped into a colorful visual space using the “tree map” visualization technique. The news stories that have the greatest number of related stories are given the biggest surface area. Different categories of news are given different colors: world news, national news, business, entertainment, etc.. News coverage can be monitored as it develops through the day, allowing visual comparison of media coverage at different points in time and in different countries. One can observe, for example, that on an average day, UK news outlets devote more attention to world news than US news outlets. On the other hand, a smaller proportion of UK news is devoted to sports, compared to the US. According to Newsmap’s creators, this visualization “is not thought to display an unbiased view of the news” but rather “to accentuate the bias of it”. (With thanks to Ben Schouten.)