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Experimenting with new formats

This is a test page in the truest meaning of the word. We are experimenting with new formats and possibilites. You can join in if you like (and if the comment section is open) – or contact us via twitter, if you have ideas for us.

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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You will not believe how easy it is to learn statistics with SWIRL

Note: This is part of series of interviews and short profiles about data journalism related topics.

According to various sources ‘data scientist’ is the sexiest job of the 21st century. Especially R language skills attract the highest salaries ($100,000 – $125,000 in the United States) according to recently published salary surveys. There is undeniably a high demand for people who are able to analyze and interpret data for the sake of knowledge discovery.

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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Business Continuity as a Service

Orbit-log-black

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

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5 Big Links – February 2014

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

1.  With everybody talking about “First Look Media” and “The Intercept” you might wonder who’s behind it.
Uncover the team around Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald. via journalism.co.uk
 
2.  How the future internet will drive innovation in Europe.
Meet the influencers of technology & innovation at the 1st European Conference on the Future Internet.
 
3.  How to separate fakes from facts in the online world?
Learn how to verify User Generated Content via EJC’s newly published verification handbook. If interested please follow our new project Reveal (via website or twitter) and get your weekly updates on Social Media verification.
 
4.  Improve your data visualization skills by learning from good examples.
Or get in contact with people who can help you do it. via eagereyes.org
 
5.  Even in times of multimedia storytelling, content is still king!
Check out the New York Times low tech but compelling multimedia special “Fourth” on what it is like to just have missed an Olympic medal.
 

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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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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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Date

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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5 Big Links – January 2014

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

1.  The beginning of a new year: It’s time for predictions!
What will be trending in digital journalism this year? via journalism.co.uk
 
2.  Multimedia Storytelling will become bigger, better and more interactive.
It’s your time to play! via arte
 
3.  Time to give the old fashioned news-reading a facelift:
Check out the New York Times’ redesigned online experience.
 
4.  Young & gifted, the talents of media are promising:
Have a look at Forbes’ 30 under 30 media people of tomorrow.
 
5.  Learn from the big players and improve your social media presence:
The NYTimes social media desk shares its insides on their Twitter success.
via Nieman Journalism Lab
 

Date

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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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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Date

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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Data Science: “It is getting easier for the novice to do this kind of analysis”

How would data journalists benefit from text mining skills? A brief conversation with Rebecca J. Weiss, Data Analyst at Mozilla Foundation and a PhD candidate in Stanford.

Date

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

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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.

Date

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.

Date

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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