April 21, 2004

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. It's 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 is a demonstration of the treemap technology similar to that used in
Smart Money's Market Map. It was made by Marcos Weskamp and Dan Albritton. All of this technology is no doubt very good for business as hivegroup are keen to show you. Thanks to newsmap for making a more critical application.