DNI Funded Projects

The DNI Innovation Fund has awarded more than €90m to more than 450 Projects in 29 European countries. Take a closer look at some of the projects.

DNI Innovation Fund Round 4 Results

DNI Innovation Fund Annual Report 2016-2017 is available

We’ve been observing the progress and milestones of DNI-funded projects over the last 18 months and wanted to share their stories.

Società Athesis S.p.A.

Premium Semantic Communities - boosting user engagement (Round 4)

The aim of this project is to boost user engagement on the digital properties of Gruppo Editoriale Athesis. It will test the concept of ‘guided communities’, where participation and discussion are stimulated by new and original content published on a regular basis. Semantic technologies and artificial intelligence will assist in determining the topics that are popular and trending, as well as those topics that are fading.

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GEDI Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A.

Customer Value Accelerator - Improving conversion rate (Round 4)

Media companies are struggling for effective solutions to increase the value of their audiences. The ideal conversion journey directs users through a funnel from casual, anonymous reader to loyal subscriber. But many publishers don’t know how to deliver an effective and specific call to action to the right cluster, at the right moment, in the right context. Or understand how to exploit any data collected. This product aims to help them increase signups, ARPU, the premium customer base and the frequency of anonymous visitors, while decreasing churn rate.

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Poligrafici Editoriale S.p.A., part of Monrif S.p.A. Group

AIn - Artificial Intelligence News (Round 4)

Through a deep analysis of existing content, AIn learns the language of individual publishers, so it can produce content using the same lexicon and semantic network. AIn increases publishers’ coverage and reach by distributing as much content as possible across all available channels. By creating low-added-value content from a specific dataset (e.g. weather forecasts), AIn increases content production while allowing journalists to focus on high-value original work. Ain provides its capabilities to publishers in a Software As A Service mode.

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Videomate - Creating on-the-fly editorial videos starting from texts, pictures or graphics (Round 4)

Video is now the most important content in editorial production. But a lot of publishers are unable to produce videos because they lack in-house video production capabilities. In newsrooms more readers could be converted if text and picture were produced as video, and even more content that could be used for video is abandoned in archives. The project gives publishers the tools to free the potential of some stories, allowing editors to create videos quickly, without huge investments, and without dedicated staff or organisational change. Videomate will be available as a SAAS (Software-As-A-Service) solution with a flexible, subscription-based sales model.

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Visup Ex srl

TrueFlu (Round 4)

What the news media reports and online public opinion can be poles apart. With ‘page views’ still the prevailing metric, there’s no way to distinguish accurate reporting from clickbait and fake news. TrueFlu gives journalists more insights about sensitive topics and limits the ‘bandwagon effect’ many readers experience when forming their opinions about emotional stories. By adding engagement and in-depth qualitative analysis to fact-checking, TruFlu delivers a data-driven approach, with an aim of triggering an ‘online Darwinian selection’.

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Alice Corona

Batjo. Bits, Atoms and Journalism (Round 4)

Traditionally news is consumed by listening or watching, but Batjo wants news content to be consumed physically. They are creating a toolkit that lets journalists produce offline physical experiences. Just as tools like Google Fusion Tables and DataWrapper democratised online data visualisation, Batjo’s digital fabrication takes these visualisations beyond the constraints of the screen to build real-life experiences.

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Torlone Gianfranco

Fabulator (Round 4)

By creating rules that can be applied to data sources from any news area, Fabulator gives those without programming skills a visual drag-and-drop tool for creating algorithms that turn data into natural language. The software helps create news from statistical, geolocalised and historical data – automating repetitive editing and freeing journalists to focus on value-added work. It can also be used directly through the API to publish news. The tool will be available free for two key domains: sport and finance. And software will be developed for breaking news, emails, text messages, chatbot responses, and using text-to-speech tools for audio output.

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openTender (Round 3)

A more transparent supply chain of public tenders can help journalists to work much better with the help of users and citizens. Using data of the reconstruction process incoming after the Italian earthquakes would be an excellent field to develop our prototype for various important reasons. Our first developing field for prototyping is strictly hyperlocal and this makes us able to involve a specific community of users as well as people involved in the reconstruction process. We want to build a missing bridge between readers, journalists and producers of Italian public data for tenders.

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Radio Radicale, Centro di Produzione

Mapping of institutional activities & political speeches (Round 3)

Journalists, researchers and citizens might find it challenging to navigate large amounts of digital recordings, in search of sections they are interested in. Automated extraction of keywords and entities from speech, along with an editing and publishing tool, will dramatically reduce the time and resources needed to accomplish this goal.

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