News headlines, grouped by color-category in a Mondrian-like layout; sized and shaded to illustrate, at-a-glance, the quantity and freshness of a news story across thousands of media sources. Tabs across the top allow a country-by-country comparative view of the proportion of news/story coverage in different countries around the world.

You can see Newsmap in action here.

“Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap’s objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.”

“Newsmap does not pretend to replace the googlenews aggregator. Its objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media. It is not thought to display an unbiased view of the news; on the contrary, it is thought to ironically accentuate the bias of it.” —Newsmap website

2 Responses to “Newsmap”

  1. Cool Site. I think I came across it once before.

    Once thing I noticed on my Mac is that I could not click on the stories successfully in Firefox. The pop up window would always go away before I could click on it if you know what I mean.

    Safari worked better for me.

  2. Carl:

    Yes, that was my experience too. (Mac version of Firefox)

    The issue turns out to be Firefox’s pop-up blocker. If you “allow” pop-ups from that site, then it works. (The Flash script must use a trigger that FF’s pop-up blocker doesn’t like.)

    Click a link in the Newsmap, and then look in the bottom status bar of Firefox (Mac v2.x); you’ll see a little gray exclamation point icon. Click that and you’ll get the choice to “allow from this site, always allow, or never allow.”

    I liked the older Firefox’s yellow alert-bar that would appear at the top of the page in these cases; you couldn’t miss it. The new little icon at the bottom is so very tiny and gray, you never even see it appear. I’ve slowly become accustomed to looking down there when a site doesn’t seem to respond to a click. This was exactly such a case.

    I just checked the PC versions of Firefox 2.0 and IE 7.0 and they both have a yellow/gray horizontal alert-bar that appears at the top of the page, explaining what’s happening and giving you choices to make.

    Score one for the PC version over the Mac version. 🙁