In Journalism.co.uk: Poderopedia among “Eight trends newsrooms should be aware of”
In a recent post in Journalism.co.uk about the digital trends that newsrooms should be aware of, Justin Arenstein, ICFJ Knight Fellow and digital strategist mentions Poderopedia as part of the major trends the media ecosystem needs to pay attention to.
When asked about what needs to change in newsrooms, Arenstein outlined 4 essential components that must become part of everyday journalism and digital news to evolve.
1. Geotagging. By geotagging stories, people and places mentioned in articles, news outlets can be ready for new geolocation tools and services, including Google Glass. Unlike the next point, geotagging happens at the newsgathering stage.
2. Build in entity extraction and network analysis. In comparison to geotagging, this must happen at the news production stage, Arenstein said. By creating “deep linked data”, news outlets can semantically link articles and both journalists and readers can start to see relationships by the linked information. Arenstein gave the example of Thomson Reuters project OpenCalais, and Poderopedia, which automates linkages.
3. Turning narrative news into structured data. (As explained further in the next point).
4. Treating news as an API. The New York Times and the Guardian are two news outlets which have done this, opening up their structured data.
This is exciting news for our team: at Poderopedia we are already doing the 4 things Arenstein mentions above and we want to share the platform we built for it, with you. Yes, our software is open source and you can use it! Go to our github repository and take it for a ride. We would love to hear what you think about it and learn how you are using it.