Wednesday, January 24, 2007

070.04 10 X 10 : A Different View of the News

Came across an interesting news form called 10 X 10. In a grid 10 blocks by 10 blocks, each hour of the day is represented by a "snapshot" of the hour. There are representative photos and key words for each event.

The most intriguing part of the concept is that the choices are NOT human. Technology selects the events! 10 X 10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words.

Currently, 10x10 gathers its data from the following news sources:
Reuters World News
BBC World Edition
New York Times International News

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