Living Stories – The Future of Journalism?

Living Stories is a joint collaboration project between Google, The New York Times and The Washington Post. This experimental project is developing a new way of presenting news. It is a great concept as it links up all related news contents as one continuous stream; provides summaries and updates; detects what you have read and what you have not; and allows you to zoom in/out to your specific area of interest via filters such as timelines, topics, etc.!
Google is making “The Living Stories” codes available as open-source for anyone to use on their own sites [get it here], which means that with a bit of creativity, you could probably use this tool for any library content. For example, this could change the way libraries develop subject bibliographies – you can now build real-time, dynamic, online subject bibliographies! Cool!
Watch Google’s video about Living Stories:

See more examples from the Living Stories project site here.

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Director, Civica Library & Learning ... got teleported from the academic library space to the commercial library space in 2005 ...
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2 Responses to Living Stories – The Future of Journalism?

  1. Guillaume_MJ says:

    Can you say to me if any media eventually use Living Story code ? where ? Thx

    • Rica says:

      Living Stories was merely a 3-month experiment with The New York Times and The Washington Post. While there wasn’t much evidence from the major news publishers’ websites suggesting any use of the Living Stories format, other news sources were said to have taken some tips from Living Stories and melded them into their own sites, among them was ProPublica. This multiple award winning (including Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2010, and the Pulitzer for National Reporting in 2011) independent and non-profit newsroom produces investigative journalism. You can take a look at their various projects here.

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