Mapping the News for Better Storytelling
What is Points Mentioned?
The easiest way to create interactive maps of your news content. We have developed a software plugin that can be inserted onto your website to automatically geoparse any points mentioned in your stories. Geoparsing is the process of identifying the coordinates of a location; with this information we are creating maps for individual stories, as well as regional maps with points from many articles.
How does it work?
Points Mentioned is automating the creation of interactive maps, thus bringing this powerful storytelling tool to any size local media website. We are pioneering the field of geoparsing along with Natural Language Processing and have used our research to create an algorithm that can identify place names, streets, and addresses referred to in news articles. Any locations identified are then geocoded using Google Maps, which we use to insert a map back on the original story.
With the ever changing media landscape, newspapers are struggling to connect and engage with readers. The rise of social media has shown that people are looking for a more personal connection to the world around them. By highlighting the geographic context of a story, Points Mentioned gives newspapers a unique opportunity to personalize the news and engage with readers through interactive maps and other geographic tools for news discovery.
We are trying to create a revolutionary way for people to connect with the news that interests them. Points Mentioned is essentially highlighting and categorizing the geographic context of every story, allowing us to create a database of geocoded news articles. From there, the data mining possibilities are endless. Readers will be able to browse local news on a map, or filter articles in order of proximity to their current location. Journalists will benefit from the inherent storytelling ability of maps, as well as the research tools made possible with our location database.