Google’s news experiment Living Stories to go open source

The news experiment that Google developed with the New York Times and the Washington Post will now be publicly available. Taking the next step towards better relations with news publishers, Google Wednesday announced that it will make its Living Stories project available to news outlets globally by becoming an open source. Similar to topic pages it groups content around keywords such as “politics of global warming” or “the war in Afghanistan”, and unfolds how a story develops over time. Binding news bits together using a story summary, the Living Story sorts content according to how important it is and makes it possible for the reader to approach it in different ways – focusing on news, timeline, graphics, quotes, and resources. If a user signs in, it also highlights new articles when they return. Going open source with its API, Google will now allow publishers to implement this experiment in a news context. Furthermore, the company hopes to even engage with journalists and web developers. With Living Stories, Google tries to play a further part in transforming journalism into the digital era. Up till now, Google only delivered traffic.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2010/feb/17/digital-media-google-living-stories-open-source

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