|InfoVis.net>Magazine>message nº 117||Published 2003-03-24|
|También disponible en Español|
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Dicelared is an interesting project that combines the systematic analysis of the information reality present in the Net together with visual representation techniques in order to understand what is happening at a glance.
One of the slogans that you can find in this website says “The Net is increasingly a specular image of reality. Knowing what the net says is knowing the reality that surrounds us better”. Not bad, but, what does “dicelared” contribute?.
According their own definition, this company “elaborates analyses of information in order to detect feelings in society and the market.” The process that they perform daily has four phases.
According to Luis García de la Fuente, a member of the company, “dicelared” is an initiative that came about as the result of regularly reading the R index that “The Economist” publishes. It takes into account the frequency of appearance of the term “recession” in financial publications as an apparently reliable index of the feeling that a recessive economy generates. From this idea came a project that combines computational linguistics with visual representation in order to sense current information.
All the information it handles comes from the scanning of 24 international newspapers, 8 Spanish newspapers and a series of forums, chats and other media specialised in health, technology and finance. Among the newspapers you can find The Washington Post, Clarín or Los Angeles Times.
Their commercial objective targets three different fields:
The visual information of “dicelared” is not a spectacular one. You shouldn’t expect, at least for the moment, charts with elaborate colours, 3D artefacts or sophisticated animation. In fact it could be argued that the range of colours used to code information is insufficient since they don’t allow you to discriminate with enough precision.
Nevertheless they are efficient, obtaining the purpose of showing the results of complex analyses in a simple and understandable way. What is specially clear is the visual metaphor of the parliament where the seats are distributed according to the presence of each political party in the media.
Possibly the most appealing thing of this initiative is the combination of simple but relatively unusual charts with a text mining treatment in a simple and intuitive way. Something that we are thankful for in this flat and no-risk information landscape that most webs show today.
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