The initial idea was to create a map of all the instances where global warming was affecting communities across the world. However, our idea evolved into a more general concept of visualizing a wider range of global events. Visualization became the primary goal of our web app as we found that the concept of visualization creates a bigger impact on us as readers of the news. We believe that by highlighting a snippet from the news coverage through a gif, we can garner greater interest for the events.
What it does
Newsmap takes in videos of most recent global news and produces a gif form the video at the location of the news on a map of the world, and if the user browsing the application deems it interesting, they can enhance and navigate to the article if desired.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Most of our challenges were due to the complexity of API and the large size of the data that we were analyzing from news APIs. We also encountered challenges in the graphic design of the web app, such as the rendering of the gifs.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of finishing a product that meets the interests of our group.
What we learned
We learned a lot about application of APIs like jvectormap.
What's next for Newsmap
The next step is to specify our news data even further and utilize Youtube APIs and other news centre APIs to automate our back-end process. As well as an automated process of resizing the gifs to match the dimensions of the regions.