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Fader 2.0: Building a collaborative online platform for VR journalists

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Remember Fader, the journalistic VR tool created by Vragments? The prototype has only been online since December 2016 – and already the project is ready to move to the next level.

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

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Interning with the “Innos” – A Personal Retrospective of 10 Weeks at DW Research and Cooperation Projects

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For the last two and a half months, I had the chance to work with Deutsche Welle’s Research and Cooperation Projects (ReCo) Team – and I enjoyed every day of it.

Date

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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Meet us @ Global Media Forum 2018

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When: 11–13 June, 2018

Where: World Conference Center & Deutsche Welle HQ, Bonn, Germany

What is it?

To quote the official website: “The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (GMF) is the place Made for Minds, where decision-makers and influencers from all over the world come together. Connect and collaborate with over 2,000 inspiring representatives from the fields of journalism, digital media, politics, culture, business, development, academia and civil society to tackle problems and brainstorm solutions to the challenges facing global media development.”

Date

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

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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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Meet us at VR Pop-up Week and VR Conference 2017

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When? September 11th – 15th (Pop-up Week), September 22nd (Conference)

Where? Berlin

What is it?

VR Pop-up Week = seven days full of virtual reality madness in the heart of Kreuzberg. There will be (spontaneous) workshops, showcases, beer, and nerd talk. VR Pop-up Week is very informal and free of charge. This is a VR playground.
VR Conference = a one day event that brings together all kinds of VR enthusiasts (journalists, storytellers, media innovators, techies) to share experiences and seek inspiration. This is much more structured and focused, and you will need to purchase a ticket.

Date

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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Meet us @ INTERACTIVE Festival 2017

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When: August 16th & 17th

Where: Cologne

What is it?

INTERACTIVE Festival is an interesting mix of talks, sessions, and workshops focusing on “trends and ideas in the digital sphere”, or more specifically: “their potential as well as their potential consequences.

Date

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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Meet us @ Digility 2017

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When?: July 5-6

Where?: Cologne, Germany

What is it?

Digility is a conference and expo that aims to cover “all topics fusing digital content with reality” and “the whole value chain of virtual and augmented reality”.

Date

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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Meet us @ Global Media Forum 2017

When: 19–21 June, 2017

Where: World Conference Center & Deutsche Welle HQ, Bonn, Germany

What is it?

GMF is a place where journalists, media managers, tech experts, NGO representatives, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, civil servants and politicians get together to discuss the role of the media in a globalized world. To foster interdisciplinary exchange, GMF offers a wide range of panel discussions, workshops, networking sessions, interactive presentations and exhibitions as well as a top-notch leisure-time program.

Date

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

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Two simple ideas that could help VR journalism move forward.

Photo: Guido van Nispen (CC BY 2.0)

Five years after Hunger in LA and two years after Clouds over Sidra, everybody in digital media seems to talk about VR/360 journalism, and a lot of news organisations have given the medium a test drive. However, only international top players like the New York Times are able to publish quality content on a frequent basis (nytvr, NYT 360 video channel) – and even they are ages away from reaching a significant number of viewers.

“VR news still has a poor understanding of its audience both in terms of content, content discovery, and attitudes to the technology”, writes Zillah Watson in a recent report published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ). She also states that “production costs are still high” while “monetisation remains a central challenge”.

While we certainly don’t have a masterplan to change those facts over night, we’d like to present two simple ideas that could help VR journalism move forward.

Date

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

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PROJECTS

Current projects

 

bloomen_logo Bloomen is about using blockchain technology for better media content management. Among other things, the project aims to explore wether it’s possible to tag *every* item produced and used by media with a small identifier (“hash”) — which would make the cumbersome job of handling intellectual properties and paying creators much easier.
-> Official Bloomen Website
-> Bloomen on Twitter
cpn_logo_2017 CPN (short for Content Personalisation Network) experiments with innovative ways of serving a personalised news experience. The aim is to develop a flexible service layer that allows for the distribution of content from various sources to different devices based on the consumption patterns and direct input from end-users.
-> Official CPN Website
-> CPN on Twitter
eubg_logo_new_2017 euBusinessGraph aims to build a web tool able to provide EU-wide business data in a new and standardized way. The software will help journalists discover and visualize hidden connections and patterns.
-> Official euBusinessGraph Website
-> euBusinessGraph on Twitter
GoURMET aims to develop a sustainable machine translation platform for under-resourced language pairs and domains as well as accompanying tools for analysts and journalists. The project name is an acronym for Global Under-Resourced Media Translation.
LIMES (= Livestreaming & Mixed Reality Management System) is about making livestreams more appealing by adding virtual content layers that allow for interaction and access to in-depth information.
MultiDrone is about creating an innovative intelligent multi-drone team platform for media production.
-> Official MultiDrone website
-> MultiDrone on Twitter
news_bridge_logo news.bridge is a DNI human language technology project dedicated to making audiovisual (news) content available in virtually any language.
-> Official news.bridge website
-> news.bridge on Twitter
V4Design is a project dedicated to repurposing visual and textual content for architecture, design, and virtual reality games.
-> Official V4Design Website
-> V4Design on Facebook
-> V4Design on Twitter 
WeVerify addresses content verification challenges through a participatory verification approach, using open source algorithms, low-overhead human-in-the-loop machine learning, and intuitive visualizations.
-> WeVerify on Twitter 

 

Past projects:


 

This page is under construction. More project descriptions, links, and resources coming soon.

Date

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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