Patrick Meier: Web App Tracks Breaking News

Crowd-Sourcing, Governance
Patrick Meier
Patrick Meier

Web App Tracks Breaking News Using Wikipedia Edits

A colleague of mine at Google recently shared a new and very interesting Web App that tracks breaking news events by monitoring Wikipedia edits in real-time. The App, Wikipedia Live Monitor, alerts users to breaking news based on the frequency of edits to certain articles. Almost every significant news event has a Wikipedia page that gets updated in near real-time and thus acts as a single, powerful cluster for tacking an evolving crisis.

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Phi Beta Iota:  Crisis Mapping is now moving into time-based reporting and crowd-seeding (focusing the crowd by alerting (“seeding”) selected individuals based on their relevant location).  In 1986 NGRAMS did this very well, but CIA was very resistant to information technology modernization.  Project GEORGE and Project TESS died with Bill Casey.

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