In the last half decade or so, one of our guiding principles has become “one app per project”. That means: We don’t just do R&D for the sake of R&D, we also aim to produce usable outcomes. While it’s not always possible to complete a project with a mature product, we have a substantial repository of tools, prototypes, and resources under our belt by now. Here’s a selection of the most recent and accessible ones:
DIGGER: Sharpen Your Senses! is an interactive quiz that helps you develop a proper verification mindset by training your eyes and ears (Did you see that blurry spot? What’s that sound?). It was created in the scope of DIGGER, a DNI project that focused on detecting manipulated and synthetic media with the help of audio forensic tools.
Fader is a platform for interactive XR storytelling on the web. Over the course of the DNI project Fader/VRappr, DW Innovation helped creators Vragments turn their MVP into a stable, well-designed enterprise tool fit for international newsrooms. The basic private version is still free to use (please sign up for an account), other versions are chargeable.
The Fake news debunker is a browser plug-in for Chrome that allows for the verification/analysis of pictures and videos on the web. It has actually become one of the top tools in the international verification community. The first versions of the debunker were launched as a part of the InVID project. Newer, more mature and feature-rich versions are being developed by the WeVerify consortium. ITI/CERTH serve as the technical lead. DW Innovation continuously provides input, tests, and evaluates.
GOurmet Translate is an NMT-based tool much like DeepL or Google Translate. It translates text into a number of so-called under-resourced languages (currently: Bulgarian, Gujarati, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Serbian, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish). GT was built by the BBC News Labs in the scope of the GOurmet project – with the support of DW Innovation (and the consortium). It is and will remain a free-to-use service (no registration required).
The KID Toolbox is a minisite where newcomers to the world of verification, fact checking and debunking find everything they need to get started: It offers a glossary that explains key terms, an intro to the process of analyzing content and – of course – a collection of tools and services needed for digital investigations. The KID toolbox is part of the ongoing verification/MIL project of the same name.
The MultiDrone Datasets are 36 (partly annotated) UAV video datasets that may help facilitate research in the field of advanced computer vision (detection and tracking of people and objects). They were created and collected by the MultiDrone project, an RIA dedicated to UAV design, AI, and novel cinematography that also featured members of DW Innovation.
Screener, an outcome of the euBusinessGraph project, is a DDJ-tool for business journalists. Via a modern web interface, it helps them find, check, and monitor company information across international databases. Screener is a “home-grown” DW Innovation tool – and remains free of charge.
SUMMA is a complex multilingual media monitoring platform. Functionalities/features include: news aggregation and clustering, automated translation, transcription, and summarization, meta data generation, sentiment analysis, sophisticated search, and different forms of visualization. DW Innovation created SUMMA in close cooperation with technical partners IDIAP, LETA, and Priberam in an RIA of the same name (-> SUMMA Project). The platform has been open-sourced. The code is available via Github. And yes, you need professional IT guys to host and run this.
Truly Media (formerly: Verify Media) is a collaborative, web-based verification app. A fully-fledged (and trusted) software solution for the OSINT community, the platform has been adopted by renowned organizations like Amnesty International or Reuters. Truly is the result of an ATC and DW Innovation joint-venture funded by the DNI. The app is subject to a pricing/license model; free trials are available upon request.