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Staying afloat in the flood of information

The "News Stream" research project run by the Fraunhofer IAIS, Neofonie GmbH, Deutsche Welle and the dpa is aimed at developing new research and analysis tools for journalists. The preliminary results and potential applications are on show at CeBIT 2016 in Hannover.

25 Feb. 2016
Newsstream

A replica editor’s desk at the CeBIT stand of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) shows how the tools developed by "News Stream" can help journalists with their work. These new research and analysis aids use big data technologies to analyze mixed news streams in real time and thus assist journalists, agencies and press offices with research, news and media monitoring and report writing.

"Journalists need guidance and the right tools to cope with the flood of information so they can focus on their main task and provide the population with reliable and transparent information," explains Joachim Köhler. The head of NetMedia at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS), which is spearheading this BMBF-sponsored project, is referring to the core function of "News Stream": "News Stream technologies help structure not only texts but also audio-visual material, making them easier to search." Working alongside the Fraunhofer IAIS, Berlin data specialist Neofonie is responsible for developing the technical infrastructure, while the German press agency, dpa, is collaborating with its subsidiary dpa-infocom and broadcaster Deutsche Welle to represent journalists and help develop the framework requirements and areas of application. Anyone who’d like to know more should head along to see Peter Adolphs, Head of Research at Neofonie GmbH, present his paper on "Big data in the news room – smart tools for journalists from the News Stream project" as part of CeBIT future talk in Hall 6 from 10.30 to 11.00 a.m. on 14 March.

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (10117 Berlin, Germany), Hall 6, Stand A34

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