Discovering unexpected connections in the news
News Angler is a project that uses new information and communication technologies to leverage big data and social media. The project’s purpose is to develop tools that can help journalists finding new and unexpected background information, angles and stories. Information is harvested from textual sources, such as social media, commercial news aggregators, and open reference sources. Central are so-called semantic technologies, which offer a standard form for representing information and knowledge in network form. In this way, the collected information can be analysed, retrieved, and shared more easily and precisely in new ways.
The project is a collaboration between the University of Bergen (UiB) and Wolftech Broadcast Solutions AS. Participating from UiB is a cross-disciplinary group from the Department of information science and media studies, consisting of professors Andreas L. Opdahl (project leader), Lars Nyre, Bjørnar Tessem and Csaba Veres. Opdahl, Tessem og Veres all belong to the department’s group for Semantic and Social Information Systems (SSIS), whereas Nyre is a media researcher and leader of TekLab. From 2018, the project will also fund a Post-Doc and a Ph.D. candidate. Responsible for the project on Wolftech’s side is CEO Arne Berven. The project is also advised by an international panel of leading researchers, including professor Neil Maiden of City University, London.
News Angler extends and deepens a collaboration between Wolftech and the SSIS Group that started already in 2015, when Wolftech saw a need for more effective tools for journalists – the current tools on the market did not pay sufficient attention to practical needs. Wolftech entered the collaboration because they sought leading-edge competence in semantic analysis and social media, while the researchers at UiB benefit from working with practical problems in their core research areas.
Sources: Arne Berven, Ingrid Aarseth Johannessen, Andreas L Opdahl