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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 […]


How to Really Counter the Islamic State's Messaging

Kalev's latest column for Foreign Policy focuses on how to rethink our approach to counter-messaging the Islamic State, offering a "wilderness of mirrors" that might actually finally blunt their social advance and turn things around.  The post seems to have gone quite viral and other outlets like Gizmodo, Wirtualna Polska (via, and BigThink have all written about […]


A Montage of 500 Years of the Imagery of Books

Its been just under a year since GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru collaborated 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 to make them all browseable and searchable.  For a cool search, try searching for "building" in the Flickr collection to search 500 […]


Linguistic Geography: Mapping the Languages of GDELT February-July 2015

We're excited to unveil a new visualization that showcases the power of GDELT's realtime machine translation of the world's local news media in 65 languages!  The map below is similar to the one unveiled earlier today, and displays a dot at every location mentioned one or more times in theGDELT 2.0 Global Knowledge Graph from February 19, […]


Mapping the Geography of GDELT: February-July 2015

We're excited to unveil a new visualization that showcases the incredible reach of GDELT 2.0.  The map below displays a dot at every location mentioned one or more times in the GDELT 2.0 Global Knowledge Graph from February 19, 2015 through July 11, 2015.  Dots are not sized by the number of mentions, so a dot […]


Wildlife Crime Map Featured in National Geographic Article

The interactive map of global wildlife crime discussed in last month's Foreign Policy article titled "Can You Use Big Data to Track an Elephant Poacher?" was featured yesterday in an article by National Geographic titled "11 Ways Technology Stops Crime Against Endangered Animals: As wildlife smuggling networks get more sophisticated, so do methods to find them and shut […]


CrisisLex Taxonomies Now Available in GKG

The initiative offers a variety of datasets and tools relating to the use of social media for crisis and disaster response.  Two of their topical taxonomies, "CrisisLexRec – Recommended CrisisLex Lexicon" and "EMTerms – Terminological Resource for Crisis Tweets" are now available within the GDELT GKG (prefaced with "CRISISLEX_".  Both of these lexicons were […]


IRIN News: Burundi Topical Network

IRIN News has published two previous pieces using GDELT to explore trends relating to the overall emotional tenor of global news coverage of the evolving situation in Burundi.  This time IRIN used the GDELT Explorer service to generate a network diagram of the core topics defining global news coverage of Burundi and their interconnections over the last 24 hours. See […]


BBVA The Refugee Crisis: Challenges for Europe

The research staff at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)’s Cross-Country Emerging Markets Unit have produced a fascinating animated map of refugee inflows and outflows across Europe and North Africa from January 14 through June 15.  Inflows are in yellow/orange, while outflows are in red.  The post-Arab Spring security and rights environment, governmental collapses, and Islamic State advances […]


BBVA Social Unrest Dynamics in Eurasian Countries

The research staff at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)’s Cross-Country Emerging Markets Unit have produced another series of captivating risk visuals, this time of as part of a working paper titled "An Empirical Assessment of Social Unrest Dynamics and State Response In Eurasian Countries".  The abstract is reproduced below: This paper shows an empirical assessment of Social […]


Tracking the Islamic State — With Words

Kalev's latest column for Foreign Policy magazine explores how creating an interactive map of three months of global news coverage about the Islamic State (725,000 articles in 65 languages) offers a fundamental new lens through which to understand the global narrative around the organization. Read the Full Article.