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Hyper Media News

System for automatic content analysis

Active project

Hyper Media News is a system able to integrate the information automatically generated by ANTS with the information on the web and made available through the daily online information sites.
The Hyper Media News system, together with ANTS, has already been successfully demonstrated on several occasions during international scientific conferences and during the Prix Italia 2009.

The operating principle of this system is based on an innovative technology for the hybrid aggregation of objects, that is the grouping of objects of different types such as the text articles found on information websites and the elementary units of television information generated by ANTS.

The developed technology also allows to select the representative elements of the groupings found, so as to allow the implementation of innovative information services, such as:

  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication) multimedia services
  • Hot News and Topic Tracking Services
  • Advanced visual navigation

The RSS multimedia services are made up of the publication of RSS channels (an RSS channel is a web resource formatted according to the RSS specifications, an XML dialect, which represents lists of items in chronological order of publication) containing the groupings found by the system, organized in a manner sequential over time or indexed based on user preferences.

The Hot News services consist of the publication of daily reports containing the most important news of the day, with links to RSS services contained and automatically annotated with keywords (tags). The system maintains a historical archive of these reports, for possible future consultation. The Hyper Media News portal is shown in the figure.

The system offers more advanced users a visual navigation mode based on the representation of groupings in graph form. The user can visually select subsets of the graph, which correspond to subtopics of the main topic. Starting from the selected nodes, it is possible to take advantage of television clips and aggregated web articles, in a single synergic interaction.

More information

All the fundamental technologies on which Hyper Media News, Newsbook and Active News are based have been designed and developed by CRIT.


These technologies won the 2010 Confindustria ICMT Media Driven Convergence award, presented to RAI by the then President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano.


  1. Montagnuolo, A. Messina, “The RaiNewsbook: Browsing Worldwide Multimodal News Stories by Facts, Entities and Dates”, 22nd International Conference on World Wide Web, Lyon, April 2012.
  2. Messina, M. Montagnuolo, R. Di Massa, R. Borgotallo, “Hyper Media News: a fully automated platform for large scale analysis, production and distribution of multimodal news content”, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11042-011-0859-1
  3. Di Massa, A. Messina, M. Montagnuolo, “Multimodal News Recommendation Based on User Interests and Opinions”, ACM Multimedia 2010 Workshops.

Related Projects

Closed project

European project PrestoPRIME

Keeping Audiovisual Content Alive

The European PrestoPRIME project aims to study and develop solutions that contribute to the creation of a framework for long-term preservation of digital audiovisual products.

Active project

Bridget Project

New dimensions in creating and distributing multimedia content

BRIDGET (BRIDging the Gap for Enhanced broadcasT) is a project co-funded by the European Commission in the context of the VII Framework Program. The project is active between November 2013 and October 2016 and sees the involvement of 9 European partners among which RAI.

Active project

ANTS project

Automatic Newscast Transcription System

It was built a platform, called ANTS, targeted analysis auto news. It is a modular system in which several of the audiovisual signal analysis tools are coordinated by a process management engine, which has the task of making sequential stages of the preparation, and to aggregate the resulting data.

Active project

Archives and digital Thecae

A huge archive and information technology to turn it into a working tool, in a handy storage, in a familiar territory and just a click away. It ‘a complex enterprise that aims to computerize the Teche Rai, with problematic issues on which you are measuring a multi-year business plan.

Active project

System for scanning News

Digital production of computerized News is under construction. The production model of news and associated headings is based on the exploitation of contents acquired not long before publication. In fact a certain theme is “hot” for a few days, until it is overtaken by some new event.

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