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Dashboard updated to v1.15.1

On September 1, 2015, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just released a new version of the Dashboard tool.  This update (version 1.15.1) fixes problems folks were having with downloading a CSV of the story urls matching your query.  Now all the story urls get downloaded, instead of on some of them. Read the official list of bugs fixes if you want more info. If you find any problems please email us (mediameter@media.mit.edu) or file a new bug on our GitHub repository – thanks!

Summer Data Challenge Presentation

On August 21, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

We invite the public to the MIT Center for Civic Media this Monday, August 24, from 4:00 – 5:30 for a presentation of the results of our summer data challenge. In April, we announced our summer data challenge and called for proposals from teams to spend the summer producing research using our data and tools. We were overwhelmed by the large number of terrific proposals, and we ended up inviting 11 teams to participate in…

Dashboard updated to v1.15.0

On August 12, 2015, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just released a new version of the Dashboard tool.  This update (version 1.15.0) is mostly small tweaks and bug fixes.  Here’s a list if you are curious: An assortment of bug fixes use asset pipeline to reduce http calls and speed up downloads infrastructure changes to support new Sources app library upgrades to stay current preparations to support searching by geographic mentions (coming soon…) If you find any problems please email us (mediameter@media.mit.edu) or file a new bug on…

New Tool: Sources

On July 22, 2015, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

Today we’ve released a small new tool to help you explore the MediaCloud database – Sources.  With Sources you can explore our media sources, sets, and lists. This lets you easily do things like see all the 24 media sources in our US Mainstream Media set, or look at how many sentences we have been pulling from the New York Times over the last year.  Sources helps you understand how comprehensive our coverage of online media sources is.  Try it…

Investigating this Year’s ‘Snowpocalypse’

On July 21, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

This past winter, the east coast of the United States was hit hard by several consecutive heavy snow storms, including one colloquially known as Winter Storm Juno. While many cities were severely affected, by the end of the season, Boston broke its previous snowfall record with an impressive 110.6 cumulative inches. The normal workings of the city slowed and staggered as city services struggled to manage treacherous roads and public transportation broke down left and…

Improved Dashboard: Multiple Searches

On July 15, 2015, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

With the latest round of improvements to the Media Meter Dashboard, you can now compare several Media Cloud searches at once! We’ve entirely redesigned the search interface. The new carousel-style design allows you to add as many searches as you like. We show as many searches as possible, and you can scroll horizontally through the rest. We’ve also streamlined the search fields to make searching easier. In addition to the search interface, all of the dashboard visualizations now…

Data Challenge Update

On May 23, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

Winners will be announced on May 26. We are happily overwhelmed by the number of excellent proposals for our data challenge, so we are pushing the announcement of winners back to Tuesday, May 26. On Tuesday, we will announce the list of winners here, as well as directly emailing everyone who submitted a proposal. Apologies and thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal.

CFP: Media Cloud Data Challenge!

On April 30, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

Call for Proposals – Media Cloud Data Challenge: “Cloud-y with a Chance of Data” Submission Deadline: May 19th, 2015 Why head to the beach when you could spend this summer investigating a novel data set and doing online media research? Media Cloud is pleased to announce “Summer of Data,” a contest providing support for three teams (or individuals) to do original research using Media Cloud data and tools. Each team whose proposal is chosen will receive…

Score Another One for the Internet? The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate

On February 9, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

Media Cloud is pleased to announce the publication of Score Another One for the Internet? The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate: In this paper we study the public debate over net neutrality in the United States from January through November 2014.  We compiled, mapped, and analyzed over 16,000 stories published on net neutrality, augmented by data from Twitter, bit.ly, and Google Trends. Using a mixed-methods approach that combines…

Mapping the Globe

On May 21, 2014, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

Mapping the Globe is a set of interactive visualizations and maps that help us understand where the Boston Globe directs its attention. Media attention matters – in quantity and quality. It helps determine what we talk about as a public and how we talk about it. Mapping the Globe tracks where the paper’s attention goes and what that attention looks like across different regional geographies in combination with diverse data sets like population, crime and…