The Official GDELT Project Blog

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

GDELT Celebrates 1 Million Downloads!

GDELT Celebrates 1 Million Downloads!

Its been six months since GDELT opened in its new home, supported by Google Ideas, and what an incredible six months it has been! Sometime in the coming week GDELT will reach an astounding milestone: 1 million downloads! It is incredibly humbling to be able to create a project that is used by so many […]

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

Google Cloud Platform Blog on Patterns of World History Study

Felipe Hoffa wrote this great post on the Google Cloud Platform Blog with more technical detail on how BigQuery enabled GDELT to sift through the patterns of world history in just a single SQL query, executing 2.5 million correlations in just 2.5 minutes. Read the Blog Post.

Towards Psychohistory: Uncovering the Patterns of World History with Google BigQuery

Towards Psychohistory: Uncovering the Patterns of World History with Google BigQuery

Two months ago we unveiled in Google BigQuery access to the entire quarter-billion-record GDELT Event Database, which monitors the world’s broadcast, print, and web news media from across the world in over 100 languages and uses sophisticated computer algorithms to codify what’s happening throughout the globe. In essence, GDELT constructs a continually-updated computable catalog of […]

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Wilson Quarterly Covers GDELT

The Wilson Quarterly covers GDELT in an article by Caitlin Moniz titled “What a Moneyball Style Analysis Tells Us About the Arab Spring.” Read the Article.

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Science at the United States – Africa Leader’s Summit at the National Press Club

GDELT creator Kalev H. Leetaru spoke today at the National Press Club in Washington, DC at the “Science at the United States – Africa Leader’s Summit” event, on a panel with Robert Bectel, Senior Policy Adviser and Chief Technology Officer, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, and David Bray, Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications […]

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Op-Ed on Reimagining Innovation in Government

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru wrote an op-ed for the Orange County Register that reimagines what innovation should look like for the US Government, ending with the line “because creating a health care website shouldn’t cost three quarters of a billion dollars in Washington and just an afternoon of volunteer coding in Silicon Valley.” Read the […]

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The Emotion of Twitter as the Future of Interactive Television

The SyFy channel’s highest-rated unscripted series Face Off makes use of the next generation of Kalev’s Twitter research, used this past spring in Opposite Worlds, which set records across the board for Twitter engagement. On Face Off, the system is once again being used to synthesize the conversation on Twitter, offering a realtime “leaderboard of the […]

Mapping A World in Motion: A Daily Dashboard of Global Conflict

Mapping A World in Motion: A Daily Dashboard of Global Conflict

(CLICK TO OPEN MAP)Imagine a map that uses computers to “read” news reports from across the entire world each day, identifying the events described within and their locations, and placing all of that into a single interactive map, zoomable and clickable down to the level of a city or hilltop across the globe, summarizing in […]

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Vice’s Motherboard Covers GDELT

Ben Makuch of Vice’s Motherboard wrote this great article about how GDELT is reshaping how we monitor and understand the world through the global news media and its potential for forecasting. Read the Full Article.

Wilson Center Event on Data Journalism and Policymaking

Wilson Center Event on Data Journalism and Policymaking

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru will be speaking on July 30th alongside Alexander Howard at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC at an event titled “Data Journalism and Policymaking: A Changing Landscape.” More Detail on This Event.

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Twitter Research to Power Audience Interaction with SyFy’s Face Off Series

The SyFy channel’s highest-rated unscripted series Face Off will use the next generation of Kalev’s Twitter research, used this past spring in Opposite Worlds, to allow viewers the ability to directly affect the outcome of the show.    The technology helped Opposite Worlds become SyFy’s most social series premiere ever, SyFy.com’s top unscripted series debut ever, […]

GDELT Now on Data.gov!

GDELT Now on Data.gov!

We are excited to announce that GDELT is now available on data.gov, courtesy of the World-Wide Human Geography Data (WWHGD) Working Group! View the data.gov GDELT entry.

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Mashable Discussion of ISIS Social Media

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru is quoted in a Mashable article on ISIS’s evolving use of “social media as an actual weapon of war” and the value of monitoring and understanding the social media landscape surrounding terror organizations. View Article.

Kalev Named World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council Member

Kalev Named World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council Member

We are incredibly honored and excited to announce that GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru has been named as a  Council Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government for the 2014-2016 term!  This is an incredible honor and we are absolutely thrilled to have a chance to contribute to such an […]

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2014 National Academies NAKFI Conference: Collective Behavior

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru will be attending the 2014 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Conference “Collective Behavior: From Cells to Societies” this November at the National Academies headquarters 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 […]

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National Academies Keck Grants on Government Dashboards and Learning in Medicine

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru will be in Chicago on August 22nd for the mid-cycle progress update meeting for grant awardees of the 2012  National Academies Keck Futures Initiative – The Informed Brain in a Digital World.   Kalev is Principle Investigator of “Your Brain on Dashboards: Data & Decisions,” with Anthony Olcott, which focuses on […]

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Mapping Ebola Using GDELT’s GKG

Reuters published a new infographic on Monday that uses World Health Organization data to map the spread of the ebola epidemic in Western Africa.   This piqued our interest in how GDELT might be used to track the ongoing epidemic.  While the CAMEO taxonomy used by GDELT’s event database does not presently have categories devoted […]

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Visualizing GDELT In Tableau Using BigQuery

Julius Concepion shows off a screen capture visualizing the entire quarter-billion-record GDELT event database in realtime using Tableau and Google’s BigQuery platform! See More.

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GDELT Makes Appearance at BigDataCampLA

Well-known big data trainer and consultant Lynn Langit used GDELT to demonstrate Google’s BigQuery database platform in her presentation at BigDataCampLA titled “Bleeding Edge Databases”. View on YouTube.

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GDELT Makes Appearance at DevoxxUK

Javier Ramirez, one of the founders of Teowaki, and a Google Developers Expert, gave a presentation at DevoxxUK that featured an example of using GDELT on BigQuery (see slide 15 and again slides 24-25): See the Presentation.

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InfiniDB Demos GDELT at OSCON

InfiniDB announced today that its Chief Technology Officer, Jim Tommaney, will be demonstrating querying and analyzing the complete GDELT event database running in their InfiniDB database platform at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) later this month in Portland, Oregon. Read the Press Release. More Details about the Talk.