About us. What we do.

Applying Insight’s R&D expertise to Journalism and Digital Humanities

Mission Statement

Insight Galway’s Digital Humanities and Journalism work group is a multidisciplinary effort aiming to bundle research and development activities around news and journalism, media, digital humanities and social sciences with social media and semantic web technologies, which are Insight Galway’s core strengths. The groups collaborates media organisations and academic partners in the field to study, create, design, deploy, and assess tools and practices in Digital Humanities, media and journalism. The main objectives of the work group are to:

  • Develop new tools and technologies that support and foster Digital Humanities and journalism – in particular Data Journalism and Social Journalism;
  • Serve as an international resource in the field of social semantic journalism;
  • Coordinate community-based testbeds in Europe internationally.


What do we do?

The News Lab at Insight Galway is dedicated to applying data analytics and social semantic technologies to the field of journalism. The team of journalists and technologists is currently working on a project that will help journalists use social media to source stories. Most news now breaks on the social web and journalist have to manually search for text, tweets, images and videos which at times can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. This project aims to built a web tool for creating breaking news stories by sourcing, aggregating, filtering and verifying User-Generated Content (UGC) from the Social Web. Insight at the National University of Ireland in Galway is one of the world’s leading international web science research institutes interlinking technologies, information and people to advance business and benefit society.


What is Social Semantic Journalism?

The Social Semantic Journalism project aims to use semantic technologies to help journalists use social media more effectively. The Semantic Web is defined by creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners Lee as “not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.” Semantic Web technologies can enhance the newsgathering and verification process by linking data from various online sources and thus providing context and evidence to news materials gathered through social media platforms, such as YouTube or Twitter. By studying current media social media practises and collaborating with journalists this project will develop a web tool for sourcing, classifying and filtering and validating user generated content posted on the Internet.


What is Digital Humanities?

Developing from the field of humanities computing, digital humanities embraces a variety of topics ranging from curating online collections to data mining large cultural data sets. Digital Humanities currently incorporates both digitised and born-digital materials and combines the methodologies from the traditional humanities disciplines (such as history, philosophy, linguistics, literature, art, archaeology, music, and cultural studies), as well as social sciences.




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