Google News mapping clusters

Buzztrack is a map of the interconnectedness of Google news articles geographic locations. Its purpose is to show where events occur and how their effects are propagated. (via Slashdot)

Of course, this 'effect' is only monitored via the single sensor of Google news. The site doesn't discuss "how" it knows where articles are discussing/linking.

As for other really useful interfaces to news, I'm a big fan of Newsmap, which displays news items as boxes sized depending on how "breaking" or widespread their coverage is. A good visual cue for determining what is seen as important amongst the news firms. But again, this is but a single source of data for a measure of "importance". It would be nice to be able to specify one's own gains for various criteria.

For example, say I am interested in news that occurs in western Europe, then America, then Asia, then Africa, and concerning the following subjects in descending importance: technology, science, arts, politics, sports. This set of criteria could be more expansive and then size events based on my interests.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.