Media as Data: Illuminating the Undiscovered Country of Television News
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  Roger Macdonald   Roger Macdonald
Director, Television Archive
Internet Archive


Thursday, August 21, 2014
08:30 AM - 09:15 AM

Level:  All - General Audience

Learn how the Internet Archive's television news research service repurposes closed captioning to facilitate searching, comparing, contrasting and quoting 500,000+ U.S. television news broadcasts aired in the last 4+ years. Find out how journalists and other researchers are being assisted in exploring this unique TV dataset and enriching its metadata with named entities. The collection has been recently used to analyze the media landscape in the battle for defining the Trayvon Martin story, map the world TV news covers and model responsible stewardship of content created by others.

Championing data treatments of media, Roger leads an open digital public library of U.S. TV news. He spent the previous eleven years directing research for the nation's largest, independent, non-commercial TV network, Link TV. Prior to co-founding the network devoted to global news and culture, Roger helped create and manage several other organizations engaged in addressing international challenges, including the Gorbachev Foundation.

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