Bringing social sciences and technology together
How does news spread today? What is the Internet’s or Twitter’s role compared with that of traditional players such as television, radio and the press? Who starts a media “buzz”? Who are the players involved? What place do images occupy in the media? Which is the most frequently broadcast image of the week?
All these questions have arisen with the numerous developments in the news and information sector in recent years and the Transmedia Observatory (OTMedia) has attempted to answer them by inviting researchers in IT and social sciences to work together.
The Transmedia Observatory permanently collects, processes and indexes over 1,500 streams of information from television, radio, the Web, the press, AFP dispatches and Twitter. That’s over 4 million documents for the period from July 2011 to December 2012 for example.
Texts, visuals and sounds are brought together to enable the user to search for news on the press and the Web but also on television and radio, to analyse events, the chronology of coverage, themes, and the paths the news have taken.