Overview Project

Via The Associated Press

Goal

To help journalists find stories in large amounts of data through a new tool that finds patterns in and visualizes document sets.

Overview is a tool to help journalists find stories in large amounts of data by cleaning, visualizing and interactively exploring large document and data sets. Whether from government transparency initiatives, leaks or freedom of information requests, journalists are drowning in more documents than they can ever hope to read. There are good tools for searching within large document sets for names and key words, but that doesn't help find stories journalists are not looking for. Overview will display relationships among topics, people, places and dates to help journalists to answer the question, “What’s in there?” The goal is an interactive system where computers do the visualization, while a human guides the exploration – plus documentation and training to make this capability available to anyone who needs it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Team

The Associated Press