‘The product is India’s first participatory media platform, wherein citizen journalists contribute news, interviews, pictures, news analysis, etc. Currently, merinews offers a diverse set of categories for citizen journalists from different fields to contribute news, features, interviews, pictures, news analysis, book and film reviews, etc.
The Internet communities have developed encyclopedia, dictionaries, music, operating systems, cultural projects, etc. through collaboration in cyberspace. But, not much has happened in the field of news. merinews.com seeks to fill this space in the Indian media and take the Indian Internet community towards citizen journalism, where people write news and analysis right from where they see the action. The main concept behind merinews is to provide a dais which is open to individuals from diverse backgrounds from all over India and abroad to voice their concerns that touch their lives.
CONTACTVipul Kant Upadhyay, 0124-4133555
‘NewsRack allows users to specify taxonomy and gather news and classify selected news items into the taxonomy. This is done by specifying news filters – somewhat similar to email filters. By implicitly making gathered news public, NewsRack benefits a much wider audience than the narrow user base that has written filters on NewsRack.
Monitoring relevant news for any social organisation is a time-consuming and laborious process, especially when the news is monitored, marked, cut, and filed using hard copies of newspapers and magazines. However, much of this work can be automated using web versions of newspapers and magazines. NewsRack is a tool/service for classifying, filing, and long-term archiving of news. NewsRack takes input news feeds and generates a set of categorized news feeds based on filtering rules that the contributor specify. One can use these output news feeds in their favourite news aggregator, or can let NewsRack organize this information.
ORGANISATIONSarai FLOSS fellow
CONTACTSubramanya Sastry, 080-41203229