Visualize what the media are saying with Media Cloud

Media Cloud is a system that lets you see the flow of the media. The Internet is fundamentally altering the way that news is produced and distributed, but there are few comprehensive approaches to understanding the nature of these changes. Media Cloud automatically builds an archive of news stories and blog posts from the web, applies language processing, and gives you ways to analyze and visualize the data. The system is still in early development, but we invite you to explore our current data and suggest research ideas. This is an open-source project, and we will be releasing all of the code soon.

Media Cloud is a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. Read more about the project or give it a spin here.

Find criminals in your neighborhood

Search an address anywhere in the U.S. and Criminal Searches Neighborhood Watch will map where the criminals live in that neighborhood. Information is taken from public records and includes everything from traffic offenses to violent crimes. I’m not sure how comprehensive the records are, based on a search of my own neighborhood, but it’s an interesting map/crime mashup.