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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 incredible organization!

The digital revolution is transforming politics and the nature of government. From education improvement and tax collection to better healthcare systems and job creation, technology is putting pressure on governments to deliver more with less. Citizens’ voices are increasingly present in public policy-making processes, and their demands for an “always-on”, connected government are intensifying through social media. Governments are realizing that technology can act as an enabler to transform government processes, enhancing the provision of public services and enabling higher productivity.

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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 to be a part of a second NAKFI conference!

The NAKFI conference on social behaviors is intended to initiate a new synthesis of the regulation, dynamics and evolution of social behavior from microbes to metazoans.  The conference will help forge a dynamic research community out of scientists, engineers and doctors using disparate approaches to a common problem: how and why do molecules, cells and organisms communicate with each other and modify their activities based on these communications?  This NAKFI conference will bring together physician-scientists defining the molecular mechanisms and consequences of signaling in cell-cell communication; evolutionary biologists and ecologists studying dynamic spatial and temporal interactions of complex communities from biofilms to animal groups; quantitative and theoretical experts predicting and modeling social networks; and engineers and applied systems specialists harnessing community organization for the development of useful medical products and bioremediation strategies.    

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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 how the concept of the dashboard is reshaping governmental decision making, and is Co-PI with Debra Weiner of Harvard University and Wei Lu of the University of Michigan, of “Lifelong Learning Locker, Life-Sciences Linker: Adaptive Learning, Content Management, Framework for Lifelong Learning and to Promote Innovation and Research Collaboration,” which focuses on how medical education of the nation’s future doctors can be reshaped using more intelligent teaching spaces that automatically adapt to the unique learning style and needs of each student.

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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 to disease outbreaks, the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph does have a fairly extensive database of common infectious diseases, including ebola.

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