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Multilingual media monitoring with smart content analysis

MULTISENSOR_LogoMULTISENSOR is developing new multilingual online media analysis technologies. The aim is to enable professional media monitors (e.g. journalists, press agencies, analysts) to attain a comprehensive and exact understanding of topics being discussed on the web.

The MULTISENSOR platform scans multiple heterogeneous sources, then translates and processes the content. It visualizes details about sentiment, entities, social and other important aspects necessary to provide context. Adding automated summarization of each content item MULTISENSOR helps you to better distinguish the relevant signals among the noise.

Deutsche Welle is a user partner, leading the use case development and requirements gathering. We are also involved in dissemination and evaluation of the project’s results.

The project runs from November 2013 – November 2016.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014


Business Continuity as a Service


ORBIT focuses on cloud solutions to reduce outages and ensure business continuity. Public life is becoming more and more dependent on internet based services, such as communication, banking, logistics, travels, and media – to name just a few.

In order to master these challenges, ORBIT introduces a new solution for cloud infrastructures. For the first time it will be possible to migrate critical enterprise workloads to the cloud without compromising availability or performance of the system.

The Deutsche Welle Innovation team will add its expertise in journalistic/media requirements as well as application development. It will also be involved in software testing and in dissemination activities, promoting the research project.

The project runs from October 2013 – February 2016.

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Friday, March 7th, 2014


Social Media Verification

Logo of REVEAL ProjectREVEAL focuses on verification technologies, tools and strategies. The project aims to aid journalists in identifying trustworthy (user generated) content on Social Networks. This includes assessing aspects such as the credibility of contributors, their reputation and influence, the quality of content items and much more.

To master these challenging research questions the project consortium consists of 11 partners. It brings together a set of complementary expertise, ranging from the legal sector (Catholic University Leuven) to the area of software development (Software AG).

The Deutsche Welle Innovation team will add its expertise in journalistic/media requirements as well as application development. It will also be involved in software testing and in dissemination activities, promoting the research project.

The project runs from November 2013 – October 2016.

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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014


Event Understanding through Multimodal Social Stream Interpretation

Logo of EUMSSI ProjectEUMSSI aims to develop technologies for identifying and aggregating unstructured data with different levels of granularity from both new and traditional media sources. The planned multimodal search will focus on high-level semantic, conceptual and event-centered representation while allowing for strong interoperability and interactive reinforcement of the data aggregation.

The resulting platform will be potentially useful for any application in need of cross-media data analysis and interpretation, such as intelligent content management systems, personalized recommendation, real time event tracking, content filtering, etc.

Deutsche Welle is a user partner and develops the journalistic use case. It will also lead the user requirements analysis and contribute to user validation and dissemination tasks.

The project runs from December 2013 – November 2016.

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Friday, January 10th, 2014


Socialising Around Media

SAM - socialising around media

SAM is about the multiscreen media environment, where people consume and interact with content on multiple screens – alongside with other digital and social activities. This new media ecosystem consists of connected “Second” Screen devices, enriched media and TV experiences, user engagement and social interaction. But do media content creators and users have the right tools and platforms to make the most of these new opportunities?

SAM develops a new type of social media and content delivery platform by combining technologies such as Content Syndication, Second Screen, Social Media and Dialogue Systems. What is Sam’s innovation? Instead of users reaching for TV related data it is the data, which reaches the user through a content syndication approach and their “Second” Screen.

Deutsche Welle is a user partner and contributes to a Second Screen content showcase, user requirements, user validation and is lead of dissemination.

The project runs from October 2013 – October 2016.

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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013


Digital Journalism Workshop: “Lost in the jungle”


The volume of digital information streams is constantly increasing. How can journalists keep track of an almost unmanageable flood of data without getting “lost in the jungle”?

Social media channels generate new information every minute every single day. Journalists not only have to monitor and research this information, but also separate out true important data from mere noise and misinformation or even fake content.

Come and join us at the Scoopcamp 2013 in Hamburg!


Wednesday, August 28th, 2013


Access to European Television Heritage XL

EUscreenXL aggregates a comprehensive amount of professional audiovisual content provided by European broadcasters and television archives and makes it accessible. Also through the European digital culture portal, Europeana.

The EUscreen project has put more than 30.000 televisual items online to make historical audiovisual content widely accessible. The project’s successor, EUscreenXL, will invest even more in online accessibility of European Television Heritage. It will extend the core collection for another 20.000 high quality TV items and it will make more than 1.000.000 metadata sets of the consortiums 22 content partners’ collections searchable and accessible on Europeana to serve broadcast professionals, media researchers and the general public.
The consortium is coordinated by the University of Utrecht and brings together 32 partners from 21 EU member states.

Deutsche Welle is a content partner and additionally contributes to validation and dissemination.

The project runs from Mar 2013 – Feb 2016.

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013


Making data-driven journalism fast and easy – Datawrapper

DatawrapperJournalists use statistics on a nearly daily basis, but visualizing data is a different story.

With a boom in tools and apps to generate infographics and more, this could be changing. One such tool is Datawrapper, developed by Deutsche Welle New Media and one of the 2012 Winners of African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC). It is a prime example of getting a good working and scalable product out of an externally funded project.

“It’s a tool for getting started with data-driven journalism,” says Mirko Lorenz who is the driving force behind the project and part of the innovation team of new media. “We didn’t just want to make showy charts, it’s really about the right diagram for the data at hand.”

Editing desks around the world have been experimenting with the tool, including the Guardian data blog, Le Monde, a Dortmund regional newspaper – and


Thursday, December 13th, 2012


Raising general awareness for an EU funded project

In research projects dissemination always has a low priority at the start and a high priority in the end of the project. But how do we raise the interest of a larger public for such complex technologies?

For Arcomem we disseminate the project in specialist target groups that understand what we are talking about but also raise general awareness on the necessity of archiving social media content. Why should we keep our copy of twitter and facebook? And how important is the user generated content that we find in social media?

The Innovation team has the skills and tools to write story lines, make story boards and produce animated movies. For Arcomem we have made the following movie, based on our media use case in the Arcomem project, raising awareness for the need of digital preservation of social media.

(Ruben Bouwmeester)


Thursday, November 8th, 2012


Smart search in the social web

SocialSensor is about multimedia indexing and search in the Social Web. Content from social networks such as Twitter tweets are becoming increasingly important for news and infotainment purposes. For journalists, social media is often the only source of information in situations where other access is limited (e.g. Arab spring, conflict in Syria). But how can a journalist make sure not to miss any relevant information?

With regard to news, SocialSensor aims for developing a reliable news and trend detection algorithm. The system will identify key influentials in social networks and supports the verification of social media content.

Deutsche Welle is a user partner and contributes to news use case, validation and dissemination.

The project runs from Oct 2011 – Sep 2014

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012