Category Archives: Aggregation

Case Study: ScraperWiki (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

ScraperWiki

Established

2009

Web Address

scraperwiki.com

Form of the company

Limited company

Describe your site or business in few words.

Aine McGuire, CMO: “Scraperwiki is a place where a community of coders and data scientists congregate to sift data. it’s also a data hub, a place for collection of information into a database and turning it into a form that people can use. Our business is ‘software as a service’.

We have a web-based platform where programmers write scripts to get, clean and analyse data sets. They can simply schedule code to run automatically, and they can reuse the structured data with our flexible API. We also have a data request service, which enables businesses to work with our data scientists and extract value from data. They can see their data being created, control access to it, and download the resulting spreadsheets.

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Case Study: Storyful (Ireland)

The name of the publication and / or company

Storyful

Established

2010

Web Address

storyful.com

Form of the company

Limited company

Describe your site or business in few words.

Claire Wardle, global advocate: “Storyful is the first news agency of the social media age. The platform gives journalists the power to discover, verify and deliver the most valuable social media content. Storyful uses a unique combination of professional journalism and cutting-edge technology to separate the actionable news from the useless noise on platforms such as YouTube and Twitter.

We find and verify newsworthy content from the social web. We make this content available for our professional clients on a dashboard, daily email alerts, a private Twitter account and via access to a 24/7 email address. A few hours later the same content is used to build stories that are publicly available on Storyful.com.

It works so that we feed the dashboard with content – videos, photos, maps, everything that’s relevant. All this content has to have been verified an vetted by our journalists. Our professional clients also have access to a members-only Twitter account and they can email us requests for certain kind of content. Storyful’s clients include ABC News, the New York Times, France24, Channel4, and The Economist.

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Case Study: Tweetminster (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Tweetminster

Established

2009 December

Web Address

tweetminster.co.uk

Form of the company

Company limited by shares

Describe your site or business in few words.

Alberto Nardelli, CEO: “Tweetminster is a news platform. We curate news and opinion around any topic, industry or market. It’s a media platform that helps people and organizations discover the most relevant content about their personal interest by dynamically analyzing and organizing in real-time what networks and experts of influence around any topic, industry or market are paying attention to. What that means translated is that we analyze what experts on anything are paying attention to. Then we organize that content and those trends in real-time.

We build technologies that identify experts and then analyze that network. We operate as a public service in politics and current affairs and we work with clients around any topic – from Formula 1 to trading in the Middle East.

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Case Study: News 3.0 (Italy)

The name of the publication and / or company

News 3.0

Established

2010

Web Address

www.lettera43.it

Form of the company

Joint-Stock Company

Describe your site or business in few words.

News 3.0 is a news production start-up launched in 2010 with a solid capital position (about 5 million Euro from several investors). It develops both horizontal and vertical information portals, plus web applications and other services.

Paolo Madron, founder of News 3.0 explains: “We started off with Lettera43, a product we like to call a ‘a daily magazine’, a mixture of worldwide news aggregation and in-depth news analysis – something along the lines of The Daily Beast in the USA. Then, in 2011 we launched two vertical websites – one dedicated to Economics (www.economiaweb.it), and another one to fashion (www.modainforma.it). Very soon two more portals, devoted to Travel and International Expo 2015 (which will take place in Milan, Italy), will be launched.

We are also working on information websites in English, with an integrated e-commerce platform on Italian lifestyle, targeting audiences in countries with a high GDP growth (China, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, India).”

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Case study: 47news (Japan)

Based on an interview made on April 14, 2011 with Mr. Masaru Imai,  Senior Executive Officer of the Press Net Japan Co., Ltd. that runs and operates 47NEWS news website.  The interview was conducted in Japanese.

The name of the publication and / or company

Press Net Japan Co., Ltd.

Established

September 2006

Web Address

www.47news.jp

Form of the company

Business corporation (joint-stock company)

Describe your site or business in few words.

“47NEWS” is a news website, bringing together local, national and international news and information from 52 newspapers across Japan and Kyodo News, Japan’s leading news agency. Kyodo News also provides national and international news to its newspaper publisher members for their print media. The number 47 stands for the number of prefectures that make up Japan.

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Case study: BLOGOS (Japan)

Based on the interview made on 25.03.2011 with Takeshi Idezawa

The name of the publication and / or company

livedoor Co., Ltd.

Established

2007/04/02

Web Address

blogos.com

Form of the company

business corporation

Describe your site or business in few words.

BLOGOS is one of Japan’s most accessed websites, a blog run by portal website livedoor. The website covers news and content connected to livedoor. BLOGOS has become a blog specializing in political science, following the motto, “Japan’s first news website shaped by opinions”. The aim is to create a place where people can debate and share their opinions.

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Case study: Ampparit.com (Finland)

The name of the publication and / or company

Ampparit Ltd.

Established

Established in July 1st 2004, a joint stock company established in 2007.

Web Address

www.ampparit.com

Form of the company

A joint stock company

Describe your site or business in few words.

Ampparit.com is a news portal service that gathers and updates almost all of the Finnish news headlines on one site. The news headlines are divided in the different categories that enable the user to navigate according to his/hers interests. For example business, culture, politics, ice hockey, food etc. In addition there are user related categories, created by the site community: for example the most popular headlines per clicks or the most recommended headlines.

There is a weather service, web-TV, TV-guide, and a news map that puts together news by geographical location. Naturally the service also follows what is shared in social media: in a mix-up of social media and news coverage it follows the most shared topics in Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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Case study: This French Life (France)

The name of the publication and / or company

This French Life

Established

2003

Web Address

www.thisfrenchlife.com

Form of the company

Auto entrepreneur – self-employed.

Describe your site or business in few words.

This French Life provides many interesting nuggets of information and is of service to people who are keen to move to France, or those already living there. There are articles about setting-up a wide variety of necessary services, from banking to the internet, as well as some of the more enjoyable things about life. It also features interviews with people from the area, those that have lived here all their lives and those that have moved to start a fresh in France.

The site is organised by categories and from the front page of the site you will be able to read the latest articles and news. It is written by journalist Craig McGinty.

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Case study: Tilannehuone.fi (Finland)

The name of the publication and / or company

 Arknet Avoin Yhtiö and Tilannehuone.fi

Established

2007

Web Address

Tilannehuone.fi

Form of the company

Partnership

Describe your site or business in few words.

Tilannehuone.fi has existed as a website since 2004 or 2005. It was – and still is mainly a hobby for its developers, two brothers who were interested in crime, fire and rescue issues. In 2007 the company was established in order to get a media status in the eyes of authorities. The idea of Tilannehuone.fi is to aggregate all the open data about emergencies and alarms in Finland on one continuously updated list and illustrate the alarms also on an interactive map.

“Our main idea has been to show the information differently than others do. We want our web pages to be visually clear and that the information can be found easily and fast. We want to tell the people what’s really happening, not just that there was an alarm somewhere. We want to report also those alarms that aren’t newsworthy in other media. We never did this for other media companies, but for the man in the street. However, other media companies have learned how to make good use of our publication. When we started to sell advertising the publication became profitable.”

Tilannehuone.fi uses also volunteers who are collecting information and photos of accidents from different areas in Finland. The media coverage about the accidents is also linked to the site.

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Case study: Women’s Views On News (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Women’s Views On News

Established

March 2010

Web Address

www.womensviewsonnews.org

Form of the company

Ltd company by guarantee (personal to the registered keeper; other option was as community interest)

Describe your site or business in few words.

It was set up to counter the bias of men in the media. A snapshot across the world in the media would show about 25% are about women in their subject and very few used as experts and interview subjects. Many news editors are men so they filter the news through their lens, and have a view as to what is interesting. We cover a lot from the UN which you just don’t see in the mainstream press. It is about giving a voice to women and the things that matter to them.

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