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The Incredibly Short Lifespan of an Online News Article

A year ago this past Friday we announced a new collaboration with the Internet Archive to preserve the world's online journalism.  Today our collaboration is the largest such program in the world to preserve the online journalism of the non-Western world.   In just the last six months alone we've sent over 109 million URLs of online […]


Tracking Television Coverage of the 2016 Campaign

In collaboration with The Atlantic and using the Internet Archive's Television News Archive, this new visualization allows you to track all mentions of the 2016 presidential candidates on domestic US national television networks over 2015, updated daily.  The visualization updates each morning, allowing you to trace how television coverage of each candidate is evolving over […]


High Resolution Animated Twitterverse Map 2012-2014

Kalev's latest article, "Who's Doing the Talking on Twitter?", was published in The Atlantic yesterday.  The article includes an animated GIF movie showing the geographic footprint of all geotagged tweets in the Twitter Streaming API by month from January 2012 to December 2014, showing the geographic evolution and spread of Twitter over time. For those looking for […]


A Zoomable Map of The Twitterverse 2012-2014

There wasn't room to include the map below in "Who's Doing the Talking on Twitter?", out in The Atlantic today, but we wanted to make it available for those of you who are interested in zooming deeply into a high resolution composite of all geotagged tweets published in the Twitter Streaming API January 1, 2012 through December […]


Who’s Doing the Talking on Twitter?

Kalev's latest study explores the evolution of Twitter over the last three years, from January 2012 to December 2014 and the "global town square" model it embodies and has come to symbolize and how that town square seems to be stalled and geographically has failed to expand substantially beyond the regions it was already popular […]


Is Donald Trump Really Dominating Media Coverage?

Kalev's latest study, published this afternoon in The Guardian's Data Blog, explores how vastly different of a picture you get of the 2016 Republican presidential race and Trump's lead depending on if you look at print, television, all online, or mainstream online news coverage, driving home that there is no such thing as "the media" and […]

Kalev Named Google Developer Expert for Google Cloud Platform

Kalev Named Google Developer Expert for Google Cloud Platform

We are enormously excited to announce that Kalev has been named as a Google Developer Expert for Google Cloud Platform! Google Experts are a global network of experienced product strategists, designers, developers and marketing professionals actively supporting developers, startups and companies changing the world through web and mobile applications.


Wolfram Data Summit 2015: Planetary Scale Computing

Kalev will be speaking at the 2015 Wolfram Data Summit, presenting "Quantifying, Visualizing, and Forecasting Global Human Society: What it Looks Like To Compute on the Entire Planet."  The Wolfram Data Summit is: A high-level gathering of innovators in data science, creators of connected devices, and leaders of major data repositories.  Established as a forum for […]


Hellenic Public Radio Cosmos

Kalev was interviewed today on Hellenic Public Radio Cosmos FM 91.5 FM WNYE about the findings of his latest Foreign Policy column "A New Way to Read The Crisis in Greece."


A New Way to Read the Crisis in Greece

Kalev's latest column for Foreign Policy magazine explores how Google Trends and news analytics offer a fundamentally new look into global reaction to the debt crisis in Greece: Read the Full Article.


Storybase: Towards Building a Knowledge Base for News Events

Zhaohui Wu of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Chen Liang and C. Lee Giles of the Department of Information Sciences and Technology, at Pennsylvania State University, published "Storybase: Towards Building a Knowledge Base for News Events" in the Proceedings of The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and The 7th […]


Towards a Generalized Model of Media Fatigue: Vanuatu & Nepal

The results of our collaboration with IRIN to explore the effects of media fatigue in coverage of the April 24th, 2015 Nepal earthquake got us interested in whether the two week window of coverage that we observed for Nepal holds for other countries and natural disasters as well.  In particular, the global uniformity of how […]


IRIN News: The Nepal Earthquake at Three Months: Media Fatigue and Bias

In collaboration with IRIN News, on the three-month anniversary of the Nepal Earthquake, we wanted to explore what it looks like when the world's media suddenly pivot to cover a major disaster and how quickly that coverage fades away.  In particular, how long does the attention last and how uniform is the resulting "media fatigue" falloff […]


IRIN News: Hissene Habre

IRIN News used GDELT to explore the focus of reporting about Former Chadian President Hissene Habre from 1979 through present, finding that during his reign, Hissene was closely associated with reporting on conflict, but today is more closely associated with issues of justice, assault, and torture. Read the Full Report.


Online Activists Fight ISIS

A new article published by the Sinclair Broadcast Group last night delves into more detail on the online fight against the Islamic State, quoting Kalev several times in reference to his latest Foreign Policy column last week outlining a robust strategy for countering the terror group's online presence. Read the Full Article.


Tracking Memes & Virality on Television: SOTU 2015

In collaboration with the Internet Archive, using massive audio scanning algorithms, the 2015 State of the Union address was broken into soundbites and each was tracked across American and select international television monitored by the Internet Archive for the two weeks following the address. An interactive visualization lets you search/filter/browse the entire speech and see […]


Money & Politics on Television: Philadelphia 2014 Campaigns

In collaboration with the Internet Archive, human coding and machine tracking was used to identify all 74 political ads that ran on 7 major television stations in the Philadelphia market September 1 to November 4, 2014, which were coded for acclaim/attack/defend tone, a transcript entered, and the sponsor who paid for each of the 13,675 airings of […]


Mapping the Geographic Networks of Global Refugee Flows

Today we unveil a visualization of global refugee flows as seen through the eyes of the world's press.  More precisely, the network diagrams below map which countries appear most frequently together in global news coverage of refugees from February to July 2015.  A connect reflects only that two countries are mentioned closely together in news […]


IRIN News: Burundi Update July 2015

IRIN News used GDELT to explore how total news coverage volume and average emotional tone of Burundi has evolved over the past five months leading into today's presidential elections. Read the Full Post.


GDELT Mentioned in New Routledge Book

GDELT is mentioned in a chapter in the new book "Digital Technology and the Future of Broadcasting: Global Perspectives", edited by John V. Pavlik, and published by Routledge. Learn More About the Book.


International Labour Organization WESO Trends 2015

The International Labour Organization's annual World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2015 report features on page 30 a visualization by the research staff at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)’s Cross-Country Emerging Markets Unit of global conflict intensity using GDELT. Read the Full Report.


Mapping Greece Through the Eyes of the World

Today we unveil a map of the unfolding Greek crisis as seen through the eyes of the world's news media July 13 to July 18, 2015 (GMT timezone).  Unlike our previous maps, which have displayed dots at each location mentioned in the context of a topic, regardless of where the underlying coverage originated from, this […]


A Network Diagram of Greece July 1-15

Using the sample GKG 2.0 BigQuery network query, the following visualization shows the network of the top 1,500 connections among names mentioned in global coverage of the Greek debt crisis in the first half of July.  The actual query examined all coverage mentioning Greece from July 1-15, 2015, and constructed a histogram of all of […]