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Why We Can’t Just Read English Newspapers to Understand Terrorism

Kalev’s latest column for Foreign Policy magazine explores how enormously English-centric and Western-centric our understanding of global conflict and terrorism trends are and how mass translation and large-scale data mining offers a potential solution.  It was also featured in the day’s FP Editor’s Picks. Read the Full Article.

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Big Data For a More Resilient Future: World Bank

Kalev presented on GDELT today at the World Bank’s “Big Data for a More Resilient Future” conference at the World Bank’s headquarters here in DC.  The conference vision statement is a perfect fit with GDELT’s own vision: In today’s digital world, data is being generated, stored and analyzed at unprecedented rates. This deluge of data […]

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CFR Tweets Kalev’s Interview as “Staff Pick”

In October of last year, Kalev sat down with Vivian Schiller, formerly Chief Digital Officer of NBC News and Head of News at Twitter, to talk about the future of how “big data” will reshape the foreign policy landscape, as part of  the Council on Foreign Relation’s “Voices of the Next Generation” series.  CFR tweeted the interview […]

Announcing the GDELT Live Global Trends Dashboard

Announcing the GDELT Live Trends Dashboard

We are tremendously excited to announce today the official launch of the GDELT Live Trends Dashboard.  Now when you visit GDELT Live, instead of seeing only a blank search box, you are now presented with a summary of worldwide activity as seen through the eyes of GDELT, updated every 15 minutes.  At the top of the […]

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Defense Science Board Briefing on GDELT

This past Tuesday Kalev gave an invited presentation to the US Defense Science Board on GDELT and the power of open data and open innovation to seed a new error in disruptive innovation that will change how we understand and think about the world.

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Can the Military Make a Prediction Machine?

Patrick Tucker of Atlantic Media’s Defense One has a new article out yesterday titled “Can the Military Make a Prediction Machine?” that cites the pioneering work of GDELT at exploring the ability of mass sentiment analysis of the world’s news media to forecast future conflict, as well as the absolute criticality of moving beyond the English world […]

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Library of Congress Blog Post on a Decade of Exploring the Geography of Text

Kalev’s latest guest post for the Library of Congress’ The Signal blog is “Mapping Words: Lessons Learned From a Decade of Exploring the Geography of Text”, surveying his work over the past decade on pioneering the application of fulltext geocoding to new disciplines, modalities, and scales. Read the Full Post.

2015-reliefweb-labs

Disasters Live Stream Now Includes Raw GKG 2.0

Ever since we released the GDELT Live Stream for UN OCHA/ReliefWeb Disasters last month, we’ve gotten a lot of interest in the addition of a third data stream that would feature the original raw GKG 2.0 records for coverage of active disasters to support more advanced applications and use scenarios.  As of today there is now […]

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Mapping a Month of BBC vs the New York Times

Following in the footsteps of our last post, Mapping a Week in the Life of the World’s News Media, we wondered just how different the geographic focus of major international news outlets can be.  We decided to compare a month of the geographic focus of the New York Times versus the BBC online, creating an […]

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Mapping A Week in the Life of the World’s News Media

GDELT’s ability to reach deeply into the geography of the world’s local news media across 65 languages opens the door to creating some incredible explorations of “where” we hear from when we turn to the news and what kinds of underlying geographic patterns drive news coverage around the world.  Using the power of Google BigQuery and […]

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Kalev to Give Invited Talk At Chatham House

We are enormously honored to announce that Kalev will be giving an invited talk at Chatham House while in London later this month.  His talk, titled “Using Big Data to Understand Global Conflict” will survey how GDELT is being used to understand the world around us. See the Event Announcement.

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Kalev Named as Senior Fellow at George Washington University

We are tremendously excited to announce that Kalev has been named as a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security and a member of its Counterterrorism and Intelligence Task Force.  He joins an incredible community of scholars from across government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and homeland […]

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GDELT Live Visual News Map

We’re excited to announce the debut today of the latest addition to the GDELT Live realtime global dashboard: the new Visual News Map.  Geography is often critical to understanding global trends and it can be difficult to make sense of a complex topic or highly fluid evolving situation based purely on textual lists.  The Visual News […]

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Seeing The World Through Mass Translation of Local News

Kalev’s guest post for the Knight Blog titled “Looking Across Languages: Seeing the World Through Mass Translation of Local News” explores the ability of mass machine translation to enable profoundly new capacities for looking across the world’s local news media across the world’s languages as the first steps towards a post-lingual society. Read the Full […]

Announcing the GDELT Live Realtime Global Dashboard

Announcing the GDELT Live Realtime Global Dashboard

We are enormously excited to announce today the official launch of the GDELT Live realtime global dashboard!  With the release of GDELT 2.0, we’ve received an absolutely enormous outpouring of interest in being able to use GDELT to track emerging situations around the world without having to write code or work directly with the raw GDELT […]

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GDELT Reaches 300 Million Events

This past Monday, GDELT reached an incredible milestone: the GDELT Event dataset surpassed 300 million events mentioned 2.5 billion times covering the entire planet back to January 1, 1979 and now updated every 15 minutes.  This is a truly amazing milestone and firmly cements GDELT as truly the largest event dataset ever created. With the release of […]

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Neural Networks for Realtime Image Recognition of Disaster Coverage

With the debut of GDELT 2.0, GDELT now monitors the world’s news media, including small local, citizen, and regional media outlets in the farthest corners of the earth, live-translating everything it monitors in 65 languages in realtime.  Alongside all of that textual narrative, GDELT 2.0 brings to bear a portfolio of highly sophisticated algorithms to examine each article for potentially […]

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Cyclone Pam: Realtime Disaster Cataloging

This past December in response to Typhoon Ruby, GDELT collaborated with Andrej Verity of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Patrick Meier to provide a realtime global situational awareness system tracking worldwide reports of humanitarian aid pertaining to the disaster to feed into the MicroMappers platform.   Based on the excitement generated by this pilot aid […]

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Medium Post On GDELT

John Wittenauer wrote this fantastic piece about GDELT which includes some wonderful quotes like “there are times when I’m reminded just how powerful these cloud computing platforms are, and the extent to which they enable grand ideas to be made reality … such is the case with the GDELT Project” and “I downloaded the events file from yesterday […]

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IA GigaOM Archive Mentioned at SXSW

As we previously noted, Kalev was originally scheduled to speak at the GigaOM Structure Data 2015 conference this week, along with a “who’s who” of industry luminaries.  With the sudden corporate shutdown of GigaOM, the fate of its vast and incredibly unique archive of news coverage spanning nearly a decade of Silicon Valley’s greatest moments is in question, including some […]

Kalev Speaking at GigaOM Structure Data 2015

Kalev Speaking at GigaOM Structure Data 2015

We’re incredibly honored that Kalev will be joining an incredible list of speakers at the GigaOM Structure Data 2015 conference later this month in New York City from March 18-19, 2015! Other speakers include Chief Scientist of Yahoo and Head of Yahoo Labs Ron Brachman, Google VP of Infrastructure Eric Brewer (creator of the CAP Theorem), ESPN […]

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GDELT Live Stream For UN OCHA/ReliefWeb Disasters

This past December in response to Typhoon Ruby, GDELT collaborated with Andrej Verity of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Patrick Meier to provide a realtime global situational awareness system tracking worldwide reports of humanitarian aid pertaining to the disaster to feed into the MicroMappers platform. Based on the excitement generated by this pilot aid […]