A neat project called Buzztracker.org has been mining Google News for over a year and keeping track of relationships between geographic locations mentioned in articles. The results are some really cool maps that actually seem to reflect the “buzz” of the day — check out the Vatican clusters from earlier this month, or the global New Year’s chatter. You can also dig down into the articles from which the maps were generated.”
Here’s a picture:
I really like how this site is done. It is almost exactly how I dreamed such a site should be — except for the failure to categorize the news. Since they are drawing from Google News, they should be able to distinguish politics from sports, etc.