What is NewsScape..?

NewsScape is an information engineering project with the aim of organising Facebook - and then the internet at large - by topic channels. There is nothing quite like it, we think.

NewsScape is not aiming to be an encyclopedia - if Lord NewsScape (the boss) was forced to find an analogy, he would describe it as a trip to the pub, where friends, acquaintances and strangers gather to engage in an informal exchange of opinions on random topics. Some posts are posed "contentiously" in order to wake up the discussion, and some are unashamedly designed as crowd-pleasers.

Each topic channel is a Facebook page (not group, although channels may also have associated groups) which follows a simple and obvious nomenclature.

The "root page" lives at https://www.facebook.com/newsscape/ and there is a rolling directory (of sorts) at https://www.facebook.com/pg/newsscape/about/?ref=page_internal

As with classic DNS, there is no practical limit to the number of these channels (or "addresses"). The skill of NewsScape curation will be to minimise the number of channels required to create an overall information browsing environment - ie the "NewsScape" - that can collect the most significant content in the smallest number of channels. Not simple. As well as topics, channels can be established on the basis of location - eg Isleofsark.newsscape; Chelmsford.newsscape etc

The simple idea is that channel curators and editors share items they find scattered around the web (not just facebook) into the relevant channel or channels. Some items will be relevant to more than just the obvious topic - such as the digest channels of theweek and thebestof

We intend to keep this process entirely human-powered. There are many automated algorithm-driven search, gather and compilation systems - which have some value, but tend to lack "managed serendipity" - as opposed to the results where humans are involved.

The ability of the human brain to parallel process disparate ideas and information - whilst also remaining open to eclectic suggestions and distractions in a rich target environment - is what sets us apart from the Facebook and Google formulaic advert targeting process.

Please note that you don't need to be designated admin or editor in order to contribute; and most channels are set up to receive input from any users, subject to approval.