Universe is the creation of artist Jonathan Harris using the Daylife APIs. In ancient times, people would write their stories in the stars – Orion fighting the bull, Perseus battling the sea monster for Andromeda. Jonathan asked, “What would it look like if today, we wrote our stories in the stars?” Universe presents an immersive environment for navigating the world's contemporary mythology, as found online in global news. Everyone's path through Universe is different, just as everyone's path through life is different.
Universe was presented at TED in 2007 – see his amazing TED Talk.
Universe pulls stories, quotes, photos and connections from the Daylife API using the Search and Topic APIs. It generates the words cloud from the headlines and article excerpts that are returned by the API. The map is powered by extracting place topics from each article.