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Europe Media Monitor


Europe Media Monitor (EMM) lets you easily see, explore and understand current news reported by the world’s online media. Monitoring thousands of news sources in over 70 languages, the system uses advanced information classification and extraction techniques to automatically determine what is being reported in the news, where things are happening, who is involved and what they said. It provides a unique and independent viewpoint of what is being reported in the world right now.

News Brief

Breaking News and Live News of the Last Few Minutes / Hours. News classified according to subjects. TRY IT

Mobile Products

Take the full power of EMM with you, and view Breaking and Latest News, on your mobile device, wherever you are. TRY IT


Real-Time News Analysis for Medical and Health-Related Topics Early Warning Alerts per Category and Country. TRY IT

The EMM App - EMMA ()coming soon) will allow you to track what is being said by people and organizations, follow news on a given topic (more than 2000 predefined topics) and see what are the biggest stories that are happening right now in the world in a given language.

Who is using EMM?
EMM was developed for media analysts, epidemiologists, decision makers and politicians. It is also used by journalists, financial analysts, health experts and you.

Research and development efforts at the Joint Research Centre produced novel and unique software that gathers reports from news portals world-wide in 70 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.

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 main Web Portals NewsBrief 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 for 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 70 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.
Users can customise their view of the news by filtering the news by language and by selecting specific news sources and can opt to receive email alerts when certain selected topics arrive. 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 curated pages from 10000 key news portals world-wide plus 20 commercial news feeds and, for some applications, also specialist sites.


Retrieves over 400.000 links to articles per day in 70 languages.

Subjects and countries

Classifies all news according to hundreds of subjects and countries. These can be see on the web portal, subscribed to by email and by RSS readers.

24 / 7

Runs 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.



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

Web Intelligence for Medical Emergencies
MedISys is an internet monitoring and analysis system, developed at the JRC with relevant national and international partners, 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, threats to food i.e. events that could have a widespread impact on the health of the European Community.

MedISys continuously monitors about 900 specialist medical sites plus all the generic EMM news sites i.e. over 20000 RSS feeds and HTML pages sites from 7000 generic news portals and 20 commercial news wires in altogether 70 languages.


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


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.


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


Upon request, users can subscribe to receive an email notifying them of breaking news stories or of new articles about any of the diseases, etc. RSS feeds for all diseases are available for integration in third-party environments.

Public/restricted access

On the public site, all users get access to MedISys. Specialist Public Health organisations can request access to another dedicated site, which offers more functionality, more categories and more news sources.


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.