The Official GDELT Project Blog

The Official Blog of the Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT) Project! www.gdeltproject.org

2015-irinnews-burundi-news-topics

IRIN News: Burundi Topical Network

IRIN News has published two previous pieces using GDELT to explore trends relating to the overall emotional tenor of global news coverage of the evolving situation in Burundi.  This time IRIN used the GDELT Explorer service to generate a network diagram of the core topics defining global news coverage of Burundi and their interconnections over the last 24 hours. See […]

2015-bbva-refugee-crisis

BBVA The Refugee Crisis: Challenges for Europe

The research staff at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)’s Cross-Country Emerging Markets Unit have produced a fascinating animated map of refugee inflows and outflows across Europe and North Africa from January 14 through June 15.  Inflows are in yellow/orange, while outflows are in red.  The post-Arab Spring security and rights environment, governmental collapses, and Islamic State advances […]

2015-bbva-eurasian-country-unrest

BBVA Social Unrest Dynamics in Eurasian Countries

The research staff at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)’s Cross-Country Emerging Markets Unit have produced another series of captivating risk visuals, this time of as part of a working paper titled "An Empirical Assessment of Social Unrest Dynamics and State Response In Eurasian Countries".  The abstract is reproduced below: This paper shows an empirical assessment of Social […]

2015-fp-global-isis-news

Tracking the Islamic State — With Words

Kalev's latest column for Foreign Policy magazine explores how creating an interactive map of three months of global news coverage about the Islamic State (725,000 articles in 65 languages) offers a fundamental new lens through which to understand the global narrative around the organization. Read the Full Article.

2015-scalable-baysean-tensor-factorization

Scalable Bayesian Non-Negative Tensor Factorization

Researchers Changwei Hu, Piyush Rai, Changyou Chen, Matthew Harding, and Lawrence Carin, all of Duke University, explore extracting patterns at massive scale from GDELT in their paper "Scalable Bayesian Non-Negative Tensor Factorization for Massive Count Data", presented at the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECMLPKDD2015). Read […]

2015-fp-global-wildlife-crime-poaching

Can You Use Big Data to Track an Elephant Poacher?

Kalev's latest column for Foreign Policy magazine explores how creating an interactive map of three months of global news coverage about wildlife crime (30,000 articles in 65 languages) offers a fundamental new lens through which to understand its global patterns. Read the Full Article.

Making Maps with GDELT + CartoDB: A New Collaboration

Advanced Mapping with the GDELT API + BigQuery

Today we feature the second half of the announcement of our incredible new collaboration with online mapping platform CartoDB to make the world's news mappable!  This half focuses on using the GDELT GKG API and making longitudinal and advanced maps using the copy of GDELT housed in Google BigQuery! Read the Full Announcement.

2015-crisis-communications-event-blair-house

A Discussion on Crisis Communications

Kalev will be speaking next week at an event at Blair House hosted by the Office of the Chief of Protocol, US Department of State, and the Digital Diplomacy Coalition, and moderated by Macon Phillips, Coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs of the US Department of State, on how data-driven understanding of narrative, […]

2015-mapping-global-protests-36-years

Mapping Global Protests Redux

Two years ago Pennsylvania State University doctoral student John Beieler put together an animated map of global protests over the last quarter-century using the very first release of the GDELT Event Database.  The map was widely covered and was even featured as the Chart of the Day by National Journal.  Fast forward to today and […]

2015-national-defense-university

GDELT at National Defense University Senior Executive Seminar

Kalev spoke at the Countering Transnational Threats Senior Executive Seminar: "Understanding Perceptions and Countering Narratives" at National Defense University yesterday, hosted by the Near East South Asia (NESA)'s Center for Strategic Studies.  He provided an overview of GDELT and the state of "big data" global assessment and conflict watchboarding/forecasting, as well as discussing the ability of […]

2015-global-isis-animated-map-feb-may-2015

Mapping ISIS: Three Month Cumulative Animation

To complement our interactive clickable map of the last three months of global media narrative around ISIS, we've created the animated movie below that shows a cumulative look at how the discussion around ISIS has spread to nearly the entire world over the last three months.

2015-global-isis-map-feb-may-2015

Mapping ISIS: Three Months of Global ISIS Narrative

In the latest addition to our map series using CartoDB, we plot all worldwide news coverage monitored by GDELT 2.0 from February 19, 2015 through June 7, 2015 that discusses the Islamic State.  This is not a map of ISIS' military footprint, but instead is a far more powerful map of how the world is contextualizing the […]

Making Maps with GDELT + CartoDB: A New Collaboration

Making Maps with GDELT + CartoDB: A New Collaboration

Today we are enormously excited to announce an incredible new collaboration with online mapping platform CartoDB to literally make the world's news mappable!  Over the last few weeks we've been featuring a steady stream of new maps from GDELT using the CartoDB platform to showcase the incredible power of the rich geographic information that GDELT extracts […]

2015-isu2015-publications

Mining Libraries: 20 Years of Massive Computing on the World's Information

The forthcoming 2015 issue of the journal Information Services & Use features two pieces by Kalev.  The first is an in-the-trenches retrospective look back at 20 years of his work on data mining and libraries, titled "Mining Libraries: 20 Years of Massive Computing on the World's Information", while the second is a transcript of his 2015 NFAIS annual […]

2015-global-poaching-map-feb-may-2015

Making Of: Mapping Three Months of Poaching, Drones, and Cyber

Despite being up less than 12 hours, we've already been getting some great feedback on our latest map series, which mapped global coverage over the last three months about Poaching/Wildlife Crime, Drones, and Cyber.  We've gotten several emails already asking if we could post a quick tutorial on how to build your own maps that […]

2015-global-cyber-map-feb-may-2015

Mapping Cyber: Three Months of Global Discussion of Cyberattacks

In the latest addition to our map series using CartoDB, we plot all worldwide news coverage monitored by GDELT 2.0 from February 19, 2015 through June 2, 2015 that discusses cyber warfare, cyber attacks, data breaches, or another other issues relating to computer and online security.  Note that due to the ubiquity in discussion of cyber with […]

2015-global-drones-map-feb-may-2015

Mapping Drones: Three Months of Global Discussion of Drones

In the latest addition to our map series using CartoDB, we plot all worldwide news coverage monitored by GDELT 2.0 from February 19, 2015 through June 2, 2015 that discusses drones and unmanned aerial vehicles in any context, from civilian to military.  Note that due to the ubiquity in discussion of drones with respect to modern […]

2015-global-poaching-map-feb-may-2015

Mapping Poaching: Three Months of Wildlife Crime

In the latest addition to our map series using CartoDB, we plot all worldwide news coverage monitored by GDELT 2.0 from February 19, 2015 through June 2, 2015 that discusses poaching, illegal fishing, and wildlife crime.  While you will see a certain number of false positives like "poached eggs" or "poached executives" and a few cases where […]

globe-vidcap

Simon Rogers Tweets News Co-occur Globe

Simon Rogers, formerly Data Editor at Twitter and founder of the Guardian's Datablog, and now Data Editor at Google, tweeted a link to our latest visualization: The News Co-occurrence Globe!  He even posted this neat little animation of it: See the Full Tweet.

Mapping Media Geographic Networks: The News Co-occurrence Globe

Mapping Media Geographic Networks: The News Co-occurrence Globe

Today we’re tremendously excited to unveil a long-awaited visualization that explores how the world’s news media groups countries into distinct clusters, creating an inherent geographic network structure over the planet akin to “communities” as seen through the eyes of the world’s presses.  In essence, for every monitored news article published anywhere in the world that […]

2015-gdelt-mapping-gdelt-in-cartodb

Tutorial: Instant News Maps Using CartoDB + GKG API

A week and a half ago we unveiled a tutorial on mapping GDELT in CartoDB using our GKG GeoJSON files. However, this tutorial required over 500MB of disk space available in your CartoDB account, placing it beyond the reach of the majority of users.  Instead, this tutorial will show you how to use the new GKG […]

Announcing GDELT Geographic News Search!

Embed This Map!

Earlier today we debuted the new GDELT Geographic News Search service, which allows you to interactively map the people, organizations, GDELT Themes, news outlets, and languages of the world's news media in 65 languages! Did you know that you can actually embed these maps on your own website?  That's right, by just copy-pasting a single line of […]

Announcing GDELT Geographic News Search!

Exploring the 2016 US Presidential Campaign Through GDELT

A number of you have asked how GDELT might be used to explore the narrative of a presidential election campaign, examining the geographic, topical, and emotional discourse surrounding each candidate.  Towards that end, the maps below use the new GDELT Geographic News Search service to offer a first glimpse at what this might look like from […]