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A brief talk with Manuel Aristarán, Creator of Tabula


Unlocking data from PDFs can be the most hellish assignment. In comes Tabula, a free software helping users transform data into readable formats again.

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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Turning users into makers


A brief profile of “Technology Will Save Us”: The UK-based company provides Do-it-yourself kits, to build all kinds of technical things yourself. The idea is educate and built understanding. Which is cool.

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Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Kettlecorn: Easy to use video editing, smart re-use of software

This is the first post out of a series with short interviews we conducted at Mozilla Festival 2013. What we really liked there was a prevailing “can do” attitude.

Date

Friday, November 15th, 2013

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5 Big Links – November 2013

Short and sweet: Five links that lead to novel views about media, tech and innovation.

1. Must see this month, if you haven’t already: NSA decoded: Impressive, interactive dossier by The Guardian.

2. Infecting an audience: Why great stories spread. Worthwhile re-thinking how to create meaningful communication.

3. Times are changing, so journalism has to change too: Advice for student news media: Be radically experimental!

4. Helpful: Model Curricula for Journalism Education, a compendium of new syllabi, via Unesco.

5. Tagging in a different way. What could media do with this technology?

Date

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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Meet SAM, we’ve just started!

We have just started a new innovation project about Second Screen and content syndication.

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?

Date

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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5 Big Links – October 2013

Short and sweet: Five links that lead to novel views about media, tech and innovation.

1. How Apple launched the iPhone with a mix of preparation and pressure. A rare look behind the scenes.

2. Why develop in the Newsroom? Hint: Journalists would not need to start from scratch day by day.

3. Open Source: How Facebook helps building new (better, cheaper) data centers.

4. Beautiful, nice to read, but headed for oblivion? Why visually attractive tablet magazines might be a failure.

5. Amazing: How data can be visualized by now. The ‘making-of’ a series of stunning visualizations for Foursquare.

Date

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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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.

Bring me to the SAM website

Date

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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New video: Explore digital archives visually

Tired of prolonged searches and fast forwarding while looking for the right video segment? You want to be able to find variations of a certain image? Use novel search techniques like speech recognition, face detection and similarity search in order to quickly find what you are looking for!

The clip shows the vision of AXES. A key aspect of this EU project is to detect and extract visual data such as faces, objects, places and events.

Date

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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5 Big Links – September 2013

On occasion we find these links to stories, cool content or good insights which are noteworthy, inspiring and eye-opening. Here is our most current list for September 2013.

1. From drumming up page views to building loyalty: How paywalls change a media brand, via Idea Lab.

2. Finalists of the Online News Assocation announcedinvest some time to read/see/watch great content.

3. When magazines are go from print to digital publishing, here is great advice on what needs to be considered, via Journalism.co.uk.

4. When you aim to visualize, simple is better. A very effective lesson why this is important, in just one .gif

5. Strange, but true: How illegal downloads shape the market for paid content, via The Week

Date

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

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New Storytelling and The Future of Journalism at scoopcamp 2013

On 12 and 13 September, German press agency dpa and media network Hamburg@work hosted scoopcamp 2013 in the Schmidt theatre on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn. Around 280 people attended the event which focused on topics such as the current status and future of journalism, and new forms of storytelling. A key aspect of presentations and discussions was the disruptions as well as opportunities brought about by digitisation. The Deutsche Welle Innovations Team took a very active role in the event. By Jochen Spangenberg, Deutsche Welle 

Date

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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