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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 […]

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Filming for the History Channel

Kalev was filming today for an incredibly exciting new documentary to be aired on the History Channel/H2 in Spring 2015! We can’t share more details yet until the episode airs, but as someone who has spent his career exploring history through so many lenses, its incredibly exciting to be appearing on the History Channel/H2! More to […]

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Kalev Speaks at Council on Foreign Relations: Voices of the Next Generation

Kalev spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) today as part of its Voices of the Next Generation series.  His interviewer was Vivian Schiller, who until recently was head of news and journalism partnerships at Twitter. Past speakers have included Gavin Andresen, chief scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation, Vanessa Kerry, cofounder and CEO of Seed […]

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Don’t Blame CNN for the Ebola Panic

Kalev’s latest column for Foreign Policy magazine explores how American domestic news media has covered the Ebola outbreak over the past seven months, especially the issues of global events becoming local, the mainstream/social media divide, and how we think about communication during outbreaks.  In leverages the GCAM suite to explore the emotional undercurrents of domestic […]

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Our global dreams and fears: News as emotion

Kalev’s guest post for the Knight Blog titled “Our global dreams and fears: News as emotion” explores the latest addition to GDELT, the Global Content Analysis Measures (GCAM), which add more than 2,238 emotions and themes to the dimensions that GDELT computes for each news article, and how it can be used to reshape our […]

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Data Innovation DC Meetup

Felipe Hoffa, a Developer Advocate on big data at Google, gave a series of live demos at Tuesday’s Data Innovation DC Meetup showcasing how Google’s BigQuery platform is transforming the ability to manage, query, and analyze the world’s largest datasets, while Kalev followed with an overview of how GDELT leverages the enormous power of Google Cloud to construct […]

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Data Tactics: Statistical Programming DC Meetup

Amanda Traud, PhD, Data Scientist at L-3 Data Tactics, who wrote these two fantastic guest blog posts, GDELT-Board and GDELT Country Network Dashboard and Network Analysis App: A GDELT Case Study, will be presenting at the Statistical Programming DC Meetup on Thursday, October 23, 2014, being held at the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs! See More Details.

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Data Tactics: Network Analysis App: A GDELT Case Study

This guest post is by Amanda Traud, PhD, Data Scientist at L-3 Data Tactics. With the rise in social media sites, the use of the Internet and machine coded datasets like GDELT, network analysis has become a hot topic lately. As this was the subject of both my Master’s thesis and my PhD dissertation, it’s not a […]

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Data Tactics: GDELT-Board and GDELT Country Network Dashboard

This guest post is by Amanda Traud, PhD, Data Scientist at L-3 Data Tactics.   The news media holds a prominent place in our lives. While it may not be as prominent as social media, many of us wake up to, or go to bed with some sort of news outlet, whether it be print, broadcast, or […]

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Lux Ebola GDELT+Shipping Maritime Pilot

Lux put together this brief pilot analysis of using their platform to combine GDELT’s ebola and conflict tracking data with live maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS) reporting data to explore the possibility of maritime transportation corridors evolving into a dissemination vector for the disease. Read the Full Report.