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DW Research & Cooperation Projects 2017: Our Year in Journo Tech

Another year in the world of digital media research and news innovation is coming to an end — and those of us still at the office decided to look back on personal highlights. Here’s what seemed important in 2017.

Date

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

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DW Research and Cooperation Projects team wins prize for “Best Editorial Tool” at BBC SUMMA newsHACK

summa_newshack_2017The latest installment of the BBC newsHACK, held in London on November 22nd and 23rd, saw DW innovation team members Hina Imran and Olga Kisselmann win a prize in the category “Best Editorial Tool”. They had developed a very useful Slackbot for SUMMA data.

Date

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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Digital verification: Sharing experiences and know-how with the United Nations

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has been focusing on ICT applications to support human rights work for some time. Over the past years, the office undertook a number of initiatives and activities in partnership with experts and relevant organizations in this area. Throughout, it became obvious that there is a clear need for human rights investigators to be equipped with special digital tools: Tools that allow for the collection, storing, analysis, tagging and browsing of digital images in order to detect and document human rights violations.

Date

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

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CPN: An Innovative Approach to Content Personalization

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🎶 We tell you what you want, What you really, really want 🎶

Maybe you don’t like Girly Pop Music from the 90s, not everyone does. But how should we have known without knowing you, our audience?

This question is at the core of a new project we have just started: CPN – Content Personalisation Network.

Date

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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Amnesty International will use Truly Media to fight misinformation

The Research and Cooperation Projects team at DW is delighted to announce that Amnesty International will be the first external customer of Truly Media, our collaborative verification platform developed together with Athens Technology Center (ATC).

Date

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

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Truly Media Beta has crossed the finishing line

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After 15 months of development, with around 15 people involved and about 15 organizations testing it and providing feedback, Truly Media is finally entering the commercial market. The Google DNI project, formerly known as Verify Media and carried about by DW’s Research & Cooperations Projects (DW Innovation) and ATC’s iLab, has come to a successful end. The result of all this effort is a commercial verification platform that allows journalists to aggregate and verify User-Generated-Content (UGC) in real-time. A key asset: all this can be done collaboratively.

Date

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

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Fader: What the consortium has been up to (III)

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No worries: The summer break is long over. It only took us a while to write a thorough Fader update post. Because everybody in the consortium (DW Innovation, Euronews, Vragments) has been really busy.
We – or more precisely: the alpha geeks among us — gave the editor/platform a couple of cool new features. We also attended and/or hosted several interesting VR/360 events in the last couple of months. And we made sure Fader won’t run out of fresh content anytime soon.

Here’s a quick overview of what we’ve achieved since the beginning of August.

Date

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

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Team MULTIDRONE flies over “forbidden city” in Brandenburg

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In yet another cooperation with DW Travel, DW Innovation’s MULTIDRONE team has helped explore the “forbidden city” of Wünsdorf from the air.

Date

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

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Truly Media tackles fake news ahead of German elections

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German Press Agency dpa and BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk), which is part of the ARD network of public service broadcasters, will use Truly Media to aggregate and verify UGC for their coverage about German federal elections in September. “We are using Truly Media to verify eyewitness content following the latest trends in technology. This helps us standardise and document all our verification efforts in a harmonised way across editorial departments”, says Stefan Primbs, Head of Social Listening and Verification at BR.

Date

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

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Supporting Video Verification with InVID

The InVID research project releases a plug-in that supports journalists in verifying videos

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One of the research projects in which we are involved is InVID – ‘In Video Veritas’. The project, running from 2016 until the end of 2018, deals with various aspects of video verification. This includes investigating legal aspects, supporting rights clearance processes, and above all the development and testing of tools and modules that support and part-automate the verification of videos.

Half-way into the project’s duration, the project is pleased that first results can be made available to the public and, in particular, the verification community.

Date

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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