April 26th, 2011 by Benjamin Koe under Technology

Visualizing the Singapore General Elections 2011

Singapore GE2011 Tracker

The JamiQ team together with our partners at Swarm.is have released a new visualization project specifically for the Singapore General Elections 2011. This project is a showcase of technology, design, and application in real-world situations.

The Singapore General Elections 2011 Tracker is a visualisation project that reflects the true national agenda set by the social nature of online discussions and trends around Singapore’s 2011 General Elections. The goal of the project is to help the public follow the elections by separating the signals from the noise by trending the top topics being discussed and showcasing the top articles being shared. The project looks at news articles, blog posts, and Twitter data to identify the top mentioned keywords and the most shared content.

How to read the visualisation?
The visualization is made up of two main parts: Today’s Key Terms (centre) and Most Shared Content (right). The lines between Today’s Key Terms and Most Shared Contentso the co-relation between the two. Which trending topics are found is the top links. The lines trailing toward the left from Today’s Key Terms show the day-by-day history of the trends. Check back anytime for a live snapshot of what’s trending.

What data do you use?
We use news articles relating to “Singapore Elections” from Google News. Blog posts relating to “Singapore Elections” from Google BlogSearch. Twitter data with the #sgelections hashtag and mentions of “Singapore Elections”.

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