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:

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 a 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 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.

Meet us @ the “Challenges of Journalism in the 21st Century – Automated Journalism and AI Journalism” conference

Meet us @ the “Challenges of Journalism in the 21st Century – Automated Journalism and AI Journalism” conference

Due to the Corona crisis, there’s still no way to catch up with us in person, which is unfortunate. However, a lot of interesting events have gone virtual, so you can at least see us live on a computer screen every now and then. For example at the upcoming Czech media conference “Challenges of Journalism in the 21st Century – Automated Journalism and AI Journalism.”



DW Innovation has been involved in dozens of R&D projects focused on digital media, usually carried out with third-party funding. Here’s an overview of our current ventures:

AI4media aims to develop new, trustworthy, ethical AI solutions for the media.

AI4media Website
AI4media on Twitter

CALLISTO, an EO data project, wants to bridge the gap between Copernicus DIAS providers and users of next-level digital applications.

CALLISTO on Twitter
CALLISTO on LinkedIn

Digger is about detecting manipulated and synthetic media with the help of audio forensic tools.

Digger Website
Digger on Twitter

EDMO brings together a variety of stakeholders to promote scientific knowledge on online disinformation, advance the development of fact-checking services, and supports media literacy programmes.

EDMO Website
EDMO on Twitter

GoURMET aims to develop a sustainable machine translation platform for under-resourced language pairs and domains as well as accompanying tools for analysts and journalists.

GoURMET Website
GoURMET on Twitter

KID is about fighting mis-/disinformation and fostering media literacy with the help of AI and digital tools.

Website coming soon.

SELMA is about training machine learning models for natural language tasks – and using them to monitor data streams. The aim is to improve multilingual media monitoring and news content production.

Website coming soon.
SELMA on Twitter

TruBlo wants to nurture and facilitate new research for distributed trust, using Blockchain technology.

TruBlo Website
TruBlo on Twitter

Truly Media – once a DNI media innovation project – has become a fully-fledged, collaborative web platform to find, organize, and verify user-generated content.

Truly Media Website
Truly Media on Twitter

V4Design is a project dedicated to repurposing visual and textual content for architecture, design, and virtual reality games.

V4Design Website
V4Design on Facebook
V4Design on Twitter 

WeVerify addresses content verification challenges through a participatory verification approach, using open source algorithms, low-overhead human-in-the-loop machine learning, and intuitive visualizations.

WeVerify Website
WeVerify on Twitter

XR4DRAMA is about using multi-modal data and XR technology to improve situation awareness – with a focus on disaster management and media planning.

XR4DRAMA Website
XR4DRAMA on Twitter
XR4DRAMA on LinkedIn

Past Projects


KU Mobile

Truly Media
Video Active
Vision Cloud
Your Data Stories

LIMES workshop recap: The core concepts of live streaming, ideal formats, and next level news TV webcasting


Last month, the LIMES consortium met for a workshop at the DW Lab in Berlin. Our goal (apart from discussing the status of the project): to try and create a basic concept for a new (augmented) live streaming format that would appeal to a modern news organisation – and to once again discuss the key question what live streaming is actually about. Here’s a summary of what we came up with. (more…)