Marumushi.com out of Shibuya, Tokyo has created a brilliant new online application called Newsmap. It visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator by using visual relationships between data to reveal unseen patterns in news media. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. The news can be viewed by country through the tab at the top of the page, by content through the color coded tabs at the bottom right of the page and by day with the calendar at the bottom left. The genius of such a simple interface and color coded display is that when you divide information into quickly recognizable colored groups you reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.
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