News Labs at Mozfest, at Columbia University, and map-based prototypes

Woosh, time flew by and we sort of missed several weekly roundups!

Anyway, plenty is happening again this week, so grab your cuppa and let’s catch up.

News in Brief

### News Labs at Mozfest We were at Mozfest last week-end to participate in the Science Fair on Friday 24th. The team rocked up to Ravensbourne to present our tools and APIs, as well as chatting with Mozillians about language tech and furry red pandas.

Mozfest group talk Mozfest team

Participants were very keen on playing with our various Linked Data and Juicer demos. Just like last year so far, except that this time, we showed off Window on the Newsroom and News Slicer - two of our internal Journalist Tool prototypes.

With such a huge gathering of open-source and news hackers, Mozfest was also the ideal occasion to meet up with some collaboration partners to discuss the next year - Deutsche Welle, Global Editors Network et al.

Hacking for Public Accountability

Accountability Hack

C+J Symposium

Meanwhile during Mozfest, Basile was in at Computation + Journalism Symposium at Columbia University, in the Pulitzer Hall, giving a talk about how and why we do things at News Labs.

See his talk here:

The American Journalism Review published all the papers presented this day on their website - and you can find Basile’s here.


Project of the week

worldmap project

Once again, Iain’s work is featured as project of the week!

The demo is available at http://newsmap.bbcnewslabs.co.uk, and for anyone who’s interested in hacking on it, the repo is here.

Now, what does it do?

It shows recent articles that mention a country - using the new Elastic Search interface Karl added to the Juicer, rather than the Linked Data endpoints.

It’s not really interactive yet, and works as a rolling demo. However, you can click on the headlines or photographs to go to the corresponding article.

It works in latest versions of all desktop browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari and IE 9/10/11) and tablets , but there isn’t a mobile layout for it yet. Animation seems smoothest in Chrome or Safari.

The demo is 100% client side and real time, using the public API (with no caching or middleware).

How cool!


A New Slab

### Measuring emotional response with EEG We’re really pleased and excited that Simiao Yu from Imperial College is joining us for the next 2 months to look into EEG and eye-tracking feedback algorithms, and how we can harness Neurotech to influence content experiences.

We have a few projects in partnership with Imperial College that may use this approach, including the testing of new journalism formats, and also the stimulation of memory recall around our News Archive content. Watch for more updates once the prototyping gets underway.


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