What is Explore Independent Media?

Explore Independent Media extracts key terms from a piece of text or a web article and offers related stories from non-corporate sources. It is being developed as part of the Five Filters project to promote independent, non-corporate media.

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How to use

  1. Copy and paste some text or a URL into the box above and click 'Explore'
  2. Wait for terms to appear
  3. Select a term and wait for news stories to appear
  4. Select a news story to load

Medialab-Prado installation

The application was developed during the Interactivos 09 workshop at Medialab-Prado in Madrid, Spain. It was made up of three parts:

  • Webcam to scan printed text (corporate newspapers being the intended input)
  • Display to show the extracted terms and related content
  • Printer to print a newspaper from selected stories

Sketch and video of newspaper-scanning prototype

Source code

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Source code

Note: the bulk of this code was written in a very short space of time with the intention of getting a working system up and running very quickly (see our working diary to see how it was developed and some of the problems encountered). Since then it has been refined a little bit, but it is still very rough. The source code here is more for those who are curious about implementation details rather than those who want to download and run the code — that's possible too, but will probably require some hard work and lots of path modifications in the code.

System requirements

For the installation we also used:


As noted above, the code in its current state is probably only useful for those curious about implementation details. We hope to work on a new web-based version with the ability to customise news sources to use for recommendations. In the meantime the instruction below are only for downloading the code.

  1. Make sure you have the Bazaar client (bzr) installed
  2. Change to the directory where you want to place the application files
  3. Enter bzr co http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~fivefilters/fivefilters/explore-independent-media
  4. Look inside the src folder for the Java code and public_html for the PHP code

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