News in a Box

Newsmap offers visualization of the latest news

News junkies beware: there’s another way to stay on top of it all. Newsmap has been around for a few years now, but many will still enjoy this intuitive look at the news online. Newsmap takes data from Google News and depicts it in nestled rectangles of varying sizes. The news stories are grouped into world, national, business, technology, sports, entertainment and health sections, and a larger rectangle implies more buzz associated with the story.

For some background information, Newsmap uses the treemapping method of displaying hierarchical information. Treemaps first appeared on the web in the late 1990s and became a popular way of depicting financial market data. Since then, they have made their way into mainstream media including the New York Times.

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