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Lines

I love the idea of annotation. To be able to add layers of history and interpretations and notes and all sorts of other layers onto a text (or image, or video, or whatever). It’s a great way show sources to ideas, or links to other thoughts. The challenge, always, is giving access to these annotations […]

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Cascade

Cascade is beautiful new tool, developed by the NYTimes R&D Lab, to analyze and understand how news stories move through social media networks. The app takes a huge amount of data — they publish over 6,000 pieces of content every month — and displays every “sharing event” that follows from them. It displays this information […]

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Wikileaks

This week I’ve been absorbed by everything Wikileaks — not just the information that’s being revealed, but the behind the scenes technology, how the content is made available, and its impact on journalism. Much of the Wikileaks data is said to come from SIPRNet and I was curious what sort of interface it had. Understandably, […]

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Serendipity and the Unexpected

It’s a common presumption that media will become increasingly personalized, but a recent article on ReadWriteWeb reminded me about the dangers, or at least dullness, of such a future. The article was commenting on Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, who said “People don’t want something targeted to the whole world — they want something that reflects […]

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Journalism in the Age of Data

Take a look at Journalism in the Age of Data. It’s a great report, by Geoff McGhee, on current trends in data visualization. While the focus is primarily on information graphics, it also demonstrates how giving audiences the ability to interact with the data enables greater understanding. The report covers a lot of ground. I […]

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Engagement via Gaming

The power of gaming to engage is something I keep running into lately. Specifically: the idea that gaming is an effective way to get people to understand issues, or to motivate them towards specific behaviors. The examples here may be lacking in their visual and interaction design sophistication, but they show the value of, and […]

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iPad Apps: The Future of Journalism?

Well, the iPad’s been out for a couple days and already there’s a batch of newspaper and magazine apps available. So… are they the future of journalism? Engadget reviews nine of them and finds plenty to gripe about. They find many with gestures that are “totally alien” to the iPad, or are otherwise slow, buggy, […]