The Official GDELT Project Blog

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GDELT Cited in Patrick Meier’s New Digital Humanitarians Book

Patrick Meier‘s new book, titled “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response” tells “the compelling story of how mobile technologies, computer applications, and vast quantities of digital data work in concert with a dedicated global network of new humanitarians ready to shed light on disaster-affected areas in hours, not days and weeks” and […]

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A Global Big Data Assessment of Public Attitudes Towards CCS

Just shy of a decade since their first father-and-son study exploring global media coverage of carbon sequestration and climate change, Kalev and his father presented their latest paper titled “A Global Big Data Assessment of Public Attitudes Towards CCS Through the Media” at the 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-12).  It explores coverage of carbon […]

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Three Months of 500 Years of Book Images

When not codifying the world’s news, GDELT Creator Kalev Leetaru collaborated earlier this year with the Internet Archive and Flickr to extract the images from 600 million digitized book pages dating back 500 years from over 1,000 libraries worldwide and make them all browseable and searchable (via both the metadata of the original book and the text surrounding […]

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Paper Explores Inferring Polyadic Events With Poisson Tensor Factorization

Researchers Aaron Schein (University of Massachusetts Amherst), John Paisley (Columbia University), David Blei (Columbia University), and Hanna Wallach (Microsoft Research) presented a paper titled “Inferring Polyadic Events With Poisson Tensor Factorization” at the “Networks: From Graphs to Rich Data” workshop held as part of the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation (NIPS 2014) conference in Montreal, […]

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Over 100 New GKG Themes Added

You may have noticed the appearance over the last few weeks of over 100 new themes that we’ve added to the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph in the leadup to the release of GKG 2.0.  These range from economic indicators like price gouging and the price of heating oil to infrastructure topics like the construction of new power generation […]

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Institute of International Finance Talk

Kalev spoke today at the Institute of International Finance about GDELT and the ways in which “big data” is reshaping our understanding of the global world.

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Infectious Disease Mapping and Early Warning with GDELT

The ebola outbreak of the past year has intensified interest in early warning and situational awareness mapping of infectious disease across the world.  From its inception, the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph has included mentions of major infectious diseases, including ebola, which has been used for Kalev’s Foreign Policy columns on ebola early warning and domestic media coverage of the ebola […]

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Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science (CNS) Center IV MOOC

We are excited to announce that GDELT has been accepted as a “client” of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science (CNS) Center IV MOOC taught by Indiana University at Bloomington.  We’re excited to see the kinds of visualizations and analyses that students in the course are able to develop with GDELT!

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Winners of Romanian BigData/DataScience Contest on GDELT

This past September the Big Data / Data Science Meetup in Cluj-Napoca, Romania held a workshop titled “How to think in MapReduce” that used GDELT to explore working with large datasets inside of Apache Hadoop.  In November they hosted their first BigData/DataScience Contest asking meetup participants “to take these GDELT datasets and to do crazy things with them.” […]

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Affective Norms for English Words (ANEW) Now Available in GCAM

We are excited to announce that the Affective Norms for English Words (ANEW) dimensions are now available in GCAM!  Produced by the Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention at the University of Florida, ANEW “provides a set of normative emotional ratings for a large number of words in the English language … rated in […]

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Google Developer Group DevFestDC 2014

Kalev presented today at the Google Developer Group DevFest conference in Washington DC, DevFestDC 2014 on how the GDELT project makes use of Google Cloud and in particular some of the ways it is leveraging the transformative power of Google BigQuery to explore the fundamental underlying patterns of our global world.

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Announcing New Source-Country Crossreferencing Dataset

As GDELT is increasingly used to deeply explore the geography of the global media landscape,  we’ve been hearing from many of you that you are looking for a crossreferencing dataset that maps news outlets to their country of origin.  In other words, given an article from a news outlet, you want to be able to determine what country that news outlet […]

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Center for Global Development

Kalev gave the opening breakfast keynote at an event for the Center for Global Development, discussing how big data is reshaping our ability to understand the world around us, especially as it pertains to global conflict and cooperation.

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National Academies NAKFI Conference: From Cells to Societies

Kalev participated in the 2014 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Conference “Collective Behavior: From Cells to Societies” last week in Irvine, CA.  The conference’s vision statement is closely aligned with the vision and goals of the GDELT Project and we are incredibly honored and excited to be a part of a second NAKFI conference! The NAKFI […]

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Al Jazeera Interview on Ebola Coverage

Kalev appears on the latest episode of Al Jazeera’s “Listening Post” show discussing media coverage of the Ebola outbreak and drawing from his recent Foreign Policy column exploring domestic American coverage of the outbreak. Learn More.

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Romanian BigData/DataScience Contest on GDELT

This past September the Big Data / Data Science Meetup in Cluj-Napoca, Romania held a workshop titled “How to think in MapReduce” that used GDELT to explore working with large datasets inside of Apache Hadoop.  This time they are hosting their first BigData/DataScience Contest and are asking meetup participants “to take these GDELT datasets and to do crazy […]

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A Meeting in Paris

Kalev flew into Paris on Friday and was on the ground for just over 24 hours before returning to the US.  More will be revealed about this meeting in Spring 2015, so stay tuned for details!

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US Federal Reserve Chief Data Officer Speaker Series

Kalev spoke at the United States Federal Reserve Board of Governors as part of its Office of the Chief Data Officer Speaker Series, discussing the GDELT Project and how “big data” is reshaping our ability to understand global economic and political risk.  

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Carnegie Council / FES Meeting on Protests

Kalev spoke at “‘Conflict’ or ‘Protest': Governments’ approach impacts their pursuit of stability, peace and justice”, an expert group meeting held by the Carnegie Council and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in New York to explore the landscape of global protest activity, its contexts, driving forces, and differing governmental responses throughout the world and evolving trends […]

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South Korea’s “This Morning” on eFM 101.3

Kalev was interviewed for South Korea’s “This Morning” show on eFM 101.3, the number one foreign language radio station in the nation, discussing how “big data” is reshaping our ability to understand disease outbreaks like Ebola, but also how our present lack of innovation and creativity  by the disease response community has hamstrung current attempts to do so.  Past […]

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China Central Television (CCTV) Interview

Kalev was interviewed for China Central Television (CCTV) about his GDELT Project and how it uncovered the earliest glimmers of the Ebola outbreak before dedicated medical outbreak monitoring systems funded by the US Government. Final CCTV Broadcast. Alternate CCTV Video.

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Internet Archive Annual Library Leaders Forum

Kalev’s work to “reimagine” the book by extracting the images from 600 million digitized book pages dating back 500 years from over 1,000 libraries worldwide and make them all browseable and searchable (via both the metadata of the original book and the text surrounding each image) via Flickr was featured at the Internet Archive’s Annual Library Leader’s Forum. […]

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DOD Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment Conference: A New Information Paradigm

Kalev presented on the GDELT Project and its applications for global realtime dashboarding and situational awareness at the 8th Annual Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment (SMA) Conference at Joint Base Andrews titled “A New Information Paradigm? From Genes to ‘Big Data’ and Instagram to Persistent Surveillance…Implications for National Security.”

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Internet Archive Annual Gala: The Emotions of Television

At the Internet Archive’s Annual Gala last year, Kalev’s collaboration with Roger MacDonald and the Archive’s Television News Archive was featured around Kalev’s work to map the geography of American television. This year, Kalev’s work on visualizing the emotions of American television was featured by Roger MacDonald at the Archive’s Annual Gala on October 28th. Watch […]