Research and development efforts at the Joint Research Centre produced novel and unique software that gathers reports from news portals world-wide in 60 languages, classifies the articles, analyses the news texts by extracting information from them, aggregates the information, issues alerts and produces intuitive visual presentations of the information found.


Breaking News and Live News of the Last Few Minutes and Hours

News classified according to subjects


Daily News Summary

Analysis Across Languages and Over Time

Information About People and Organisations


Real-Time News Analysis for Medical and Health-Related Topics

Early Warning Alerts per Category and Country


Adding Value to News through Graphical Analysis

Social Networks, Trends

Latest Research Developments

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User-driven Multilingual News Gathering and Aggregation

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a number of news aggregation and analysis systems to support EU institutions and Member State organisations. The three Web Portals NewsBrief, NewsExplorer and MedISys are publicly accessible and attract up to 1,2 Million hits per day. The system was initially developed as an in-house application for the European Commission’s Directorate General Communication (DG COMM) to enhance their manual media monitoring and press cutting services. Since then, EMM has become a crucial instrument in the daily work of almost all Commission services and many other public organisations. EMM is the news gathering engine behind a number of applications. EMM monitors the live web, i.e. the part of the web that has ever changing content, such as news sites, discussion sites and publications. All applications are developed, maintained and run by the JRC.

The public web application NewsBrief shows the hottest topics discussed during the last few minutes and hours across multiple news sources from around the world in 60 languages. Updated every ten minutes, the site groups related news, shows timelines and displays the biggest stories first.

News by subject

NewsBrief categorises all news into hundreds of customer-oriented subject domains and according to the countries mentioned in the articles. Users can opt to see only news falling into specific subjects or concerning countries of their choice.

Customising the view of the news and tools to produce newsletters

Users can customise their view of the news by filtering the news by language and by selecting specific news sources. Registered organisations can additionally use the Rapid News Service RNS to further filter the news and to produce their own newsletters by grouping news items and by dragging and dropping them in an easy-to-use interface. With a simple click, email or PDF versions can be sent to defined user groups.


Vital statistics
Monitors over 10000 RSS feeds and HTML pages from 3750 key news portals world-wide plus 20 commercial news feeds and, for some applications, also specialist sites.

Retrieves over 150.000 reports per day in 60 languages.

Classifies all news according to hundreds of subjects and countries.
Access on the web, via email and by RSS.
Runs 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.


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Daily news summary

At the end of each day and for each of 19 languages, all news articles talking about the same event or subject are grouped into clusters and displayed by cluster size. Users can see the people, organisations and locations mentioned most in today’s news. A map shows where today’s events happened. The calendar allows to read about past events.

Collecting information about people, organisations and countries


To a large extent, news is about people, organisations and countries. NewsExplorer keeps track of who gets mentioned where and how often, who gets mentioned with which other persons or countries, etc. Up to 170 multilingual spelling variants for the same person have been detected automatically so that users can search for information about persons independently of the name spelling. Quotations by or about people are also displayed. The database contains information on close to 700,000 names, extracted and aggregated from tens of thousands of articles every day written in 19 languages.


Linking related news across 19 languages

The perspective on individual issues often differs from one country to the next. Seeing related news coming from different countries or written in different languages next to each other can be very informative. Using unique technology, NewsExplorer automatically detects related news clusters across languages and allows users - with one simple click - to access foreign language news about the same subject or event. For languages spoken in more than one country (e.g. English, German or French), users can additionally opt to read the news produced in only one of these countries.


Detecting trends over time

Each day’s news clusters are automatically linked to the related news of previous days and months. Timelines show developments over time and allow users to jump to the origin or to peaks of each story. Separate sections displaying news stories that started in the last week or in the last month allow users to get up to date with recent developments.



NewsExplorer highlights
Produces daily news summaries in 19 languages.

Tracks topics and events over time. Calendar allows to find news from days in the past.

Links related news across languages.
Extracts multilingual information about people and organisations from the news.
Allows to find information on people independently of their name spelling.
Detections quotations by and about people.


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Medical Information System

The Medical Information System MedISys displays only those articles with interest to Public Health, grouped by disease or disease type. It analyses the news and warns users with automatically generated alerts.

Web Intelligence for Medical Emergencies

MedISys is an internet monitoring and analysis system developed at the JRC in collaboration with EC Directorate General SANCO to rapidly identify potential threats to the public health using information from the internet. These threats include the outbreak of Communicable Diseases, risks linked to Chemical and Nuclear accidents and Terrorist Attacks, i.e. events that could have a widespread impact on the health of the European Community.

MedISys continuously monitors about 400 specialist medical sites plus all the generic EMM news, i.e. over 10000 RSS feeds and HTML pages sites from 3750 generic news portals and 20 commercial news wires in altogether 60 languages.

 

Filtering: Articles collected are grouped into hundreds of categories (e.g. diseases, symptoms, chemical agents, etc.) based on pre-defined keyword combinations.

Analysis: The system keeps track of statistics for each of the categories and uses this to identify breaking news, i.e. a sudden increase of articles on any given subject. This helps to suppress news noise (stories that are regularly in the news) and to focus on stories with a poor signal.


Visualisation: Trends are visually presented in graphs. The location of events is highlighted on maps.

Notification: Upon request, users will receive email or SMS messages notifying them of breaking news stories or of new articles about any of the diseases, etc. RSS feeds for all categories are available for integration in third-party environments.

Public/restricted access: On the public site http://medisys.newsbrief.eu/, all users get access to MedISys. Specialist Public Health organisations can request access to the restricted site, which offers more functionality, more categories and more news sources.

Customisable: Users can select the languages and news sources they want to see. Registered users additionally get access to the EMM tool NewsDesk, which allows them to select sources, compile newsletters and alert colleagues via email or SMS.

MedISys operational information
Monitors tens of thousands of generic and specialist reports per day in 60 languages.

Uses tThousands of search terms in all languages.

Generates mail alerts every 20 minutes.
Access on the web, via email and by RSS.
Runs 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
Generates alerts and reports for 14 Public Health Agencies and Organisations.

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EMM-Labs This new web service provides access to some of the new advanced analysis systems resulting from information retrieval from EMM data.

Country and Theme information sheets Show automatically generated statistics about articles reporting on countries and themes in a number of different visualization mechanims including: World Map, Charts and Tables.

Violent Events and Disasters Real time monitoring of automatically extracted violent events geo-located and displayed on maps of the world, both in a browser and in Google Earth.

Social Networks Visualization using graph network techniques of automatically generated social networks taken from the news extracting meeting, support, criticise and familiy relationships.

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