Real-time maps of happy news

Creating Real-time Maps of Global Information

“a location is mentioned every 200-300 words in the typical newspaper article of the last 60 years. … Yet the news media has steadfastly resisted this cartographic revolution, continuing to organize itself primarily through coarse editorially-assigned topical sections and eschewing the live maps that have redefined our ability to understand global reaction to major events. Using journalism as a case study, what does the future of mass-scale mapping of information look like … ? … For the past two years this has been the focus of the GDELT Project and through a new collaboration with online mapping platform CartoDB, we are making it possible to create rich interactive real-time maps of the world’s journalistic output across 65 languages.”

One of their maps tracks happy / sad news in real-time…