Friday, April 01, 2005

RSS + Flash = 10X10 Newsflash!

10x10 gives new meaning to the word "newsflash". And this has got to be the best use of tags, flash and RSS technologies I've seen so far - and it's useful (especially for journalism students who can't afford to subscribe to Reuters!). More than anything it's just FUN.

This amazing project was created, designed and developed by Jonathan Harris of Number27, in conjunction with the FABRICA communication research center in Italy. Here's how it works (from the 10x10 site):

"Every hour, 10x10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10x10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.

Currently, 10x10 gathers its data from the following news
Reuters World News
BBC World Edition
New York Times International News"