GDELT: World’s largest event dataset now publicly available in Google BigQuery

Announcing Partitioned GDELT BigQuery Tables

As GDELT has grown to truly extraordinary scale, the sheer magnitude of all of that data has made it increasingly difficult to query and interact with. The GDELT 1.0 Events table now contains 400 million records and is 144GB in size, the GDELT 2.0 GKG table contains 353 million records totaling 3.6TB, the GDELT 2.0 EventMentions […]


Independent Candidates Added To Television Candidate Tracker

It is truly incredible and humbling to be able to create tools that are used all over the world. While created as a simple pilot test, our Television Candidate Tracker has become the defacto standard for tracking television coverage of the 2016 US presidential campaign, used by news outlets and researchers across the entire world. That massive user […]


Visual GKG To Be First GDELT Gen 3 Release

We're tremendously excited to announce that the first new system of the forthcoming GDELT Generation 3 release will be coming shortly in the form of a massively upgraded Visual Global Knowledge Graph (VGKG)! Over the next few weeks the new VGKG will come online with a host of new features including EXIF support and perceptual hashing. […]


VGKG Adds Perceptual Hashing For Image Similarity Search

We're excited to announce that with the release of the new version of the Visual Global Knowledge Graph (VGKG) in the next few weeks, we will be adding three perceptual hashing algorithms, enabling for the first time image similarity search using the VGKG! Each of the three algorithms generates a 64-bit hash of the image's content using […]


VGKG Adds EXIF Support

We're excited to announce that with the release of the new version of the Visual Global Knowledge Graph (VGKG) in the next few weeks, we will be adding full EXIF metadata support! All images will now be processed through the fantastic Image::ExifTool PERL module, which supports a massive array of image metadata formats, including EXIF, IPTC and […]


BBVA: Geo-World: Conflict & Social Unrest July Update 2016

BBVA's latest report, "Geo-World: Conflict & Social Unrest July Update 2016" features a number of fascinating visuals charting the state of global stability as of July 2016 and the evolving state of conflict over the past decade. Read the Full Article.


Can Algorithms Save Us From Bias?

Kalev's latest Forbes piece explores how new research suggests algorithmic bias can not only be quantified, but also corrected for. Read the Full Article.


Why Government Needs Data Privacy Policies

Kalev's latest Forbes piece explores how governments are making use of all of the data they collect about their citizens, often redistributing it blindly with no privacy or data policies in place to protect their citizens. Read the Full Article.


GDELT + Google Cloud Natural Language API

With the public announcement today of Google Cloud Natural Language API, we are excited to announce that GDELT has been an early alpha user of the API, using it to gradually build up a global relationship and syntax graph over global news media. In particular, Google's deep learning algorithms have proven immensely adept at sifting through even […]


GDELT + Cloud Cloud Speech API

With the public announcement today of Google Cloud Speech API Beta, we are excited to announce that GDELT has been an early alpha user of the API, exploring its ability to generate realtime transcripts of foreign language video and audio broadcasts from across the world. The Speech API's ability to robustly process extremely noisy audio and […]


What Turkey's Attempted Coup Looked Like Through GDELT's Eyes

For those of you wondering what Turkey's attempted coup looked like through GDELT's eyes, the timeline below shows the sudden massive vertical leap visible through the GDELT Stability API timeline for Turkey. The Stability API timeline shows the first upward movement around 20:00GMT with things really taking off by 20:45GMT. The instability level as assessed […]


Do Americans Care About The Rest Of The World?

The Google Trends team put together this incredible map showing how often Americans searched about each country in the world from January to June 2016. It turns out that the resulting map lines up exquisitely closely with the map of what countries American television has focused on over the last 6 years. Take a look […]


Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking Symposium

Kalev spoke yesterday at the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking Symposium at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's headquarters here in DC on how GDELT monitors the global world and its deep reach into the world of wildlife crime. Keynotes at the conference included Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Director of the NGA Robert Cardillo, […]


Does Brexit Herald A New Era For Big Data-Driven Forecasting?

Kalev's latest Forbes piece explores how traditional polling, prediction markets and superforecasters all failed to robustly predict Brexit and how new data like search trends might offer insights in the future, but also their limitations. Read The Full Article.


Ben Parker: Brexit And The Rise Of Hate Speech

IRIN's Ben Parker put together this great quick visual showing the dramatic increase in discussion of racist, xenophobic and similar hate speech in the leadup to the Brexit vote. Read More.


A Deep Dive Into The News Media’s Role In The Rise Of Donald J. Trump

John Sides and Kalev Leetaru collaborated on "A Deep Dive Into The News Media’s Role In The Rise Of Donald J. Trump" for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage, exploring how the media helped drive Donald Trump to the forefront. It was even featured by the Economist and by Huffington Post's "best of the news" weekly roundup. […]


Charleston Conference Speaker

Kalev will be speaking at the Charleston Conference this coming October 31 to November 5, 2016 alongside a who's who of the library community. Learn More.