Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Sunday, November 7, 2004

Most Popular Words And Images In The News: 10x10

10x10 is a new visualization tool which showcases the top 100 words in the news and the 100 photos associated to them. The results is a dynamic dashboard that displays in one screen a mosaic of the key news images for that very hour next to an interactive ordered list of all the most popular words appearing in those news stories.

The images are ranked in order of importance, reading left to right, top to bottom. The top 100 words in the news are displayed along the right edge of the screen, one for each image.

By moving the mouse over the individual images the related keywords in the list are highlighted and vice versa.

It is also possible to directly click on any word or image to zoom in and see the news headlines behind it. (Click the headline links to read the original news stories. Click the zoomed image a second time to see the image full screen.)

10x10 builds also a growing history of each hourly, daily, monthly and yearly view, which can be later accessed through an elegant and highly-intuitive mini-interface.

"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."

The sources presently utilized by 10x10 are:

Photographic images displayed
All photographs within 10x10 come from the aforementioned news sources, and full copyright ownership is maintained by those sources. 10x10 uses the images in a non-commercial way and purely for artistic and educational purposes. 10x10 does not profit in any way from their use.

10x10 has been built by using Perl, MySQL, PHP, and Macromedia Flash.

10x10 has been designed and developed by Jonathan Harris of Number27, in conjunction with the FABRICA communication research center here in Italy.

Bravi ragazzi! Ottimo lavoro.

"10x10â„¢ ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time."

My only critique is toward the limited and predesignated selection of news sources defining the 10x10 visual mosaic.

In the future, I look forward to tools like this one that will allow me to select/elect my trusted news authorities, possibly not within a confined and pre-filled list.



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