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NewsRack: A tool for personalized news monitoring


NewsRack is a tool/service for classifying, filing, and long-term archiving of news. It enables individuals to track news and archive them on the web in easily accessible news categories. Users do this by defining vocabularies and writing filtering rules which are used to select relevant articles from news sources.


Several NGOs, researchers, journalists, individuals actively monitor newspapers to track issues that they work on or are interested in. This can be a time-consuming and laborious process and many organizations have a hard time keeping up. This is very much the case in India. However, using web versions of newspapers and magazines, news monitoring can be made easier. In this context, the broad goal of NewsRack is to aid the task of news monitoring for organizations and researchers.


Additionally, since the gathered news is made public, a much wider section of the public can benefit from the efforts of existing users without having to invest that same effort.

Some of the news sources being tracked

Hindu, Deccan Herald, Indian Express, New Indian Express, Times of India, Economic Times, Hindu Business Line, Hindustan Times, The Statesman, The Telegraph, Navhind Times, Assam Tribune, Kangla Online, E-pao Manipur, India Together, Rediff on the Net, Sify News, New Kerala Online, NDTV, CNN IBN, etc.

Sample topics being tracked

Climate Change, Mining, Infant Mortality, Environmental Clearance, Dams, Energy, Organic Agriculture, Land Acquisition, Urban Planning, Farmer Suicides, Water, ADB, ....

Websites using NewsRack's output

Environment Support Group, India Water Portal, Action for Autism, Friends of River Narmada, Center for Civil Society, CACIM, Action 2007, Peoples Forum Against the ADB

Awards, Testimonials, Media coverage

For more information, contact Subramanya Sastry (subbu AT newsrack DOT in), and visit http://newsrack.in

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