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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


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 […]


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.


Visualizing the Emotions of American Television News

Today we announce the release of an incredibly exciting new dataset: all 540,000 hours of English-language news broadcasts monitored by the Internet Archive back to July 2010 have been processed using the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph (GKG) 2.0 system. Every person, organization, location, and theme has been extracted from the closed captioning of each broadcast, along […]


GDELT at Latin American Journalism Summit

GDELT made an appearance at the Latin American Journalism Summit (Cumbre Latinoamericana de Periodismo) today as a journalistic tool for cataloging and understanding global trends and what’s happening around the world.


Presentation at the United Nations

Kalev spoke on Friday at the United Nations on how GDELT is reshaping our ability to understand global society and the ways in which it can be used for digital diplomacy and the construction of a global dashboard of the world.


Leader Speeches: Assad vs American Presidents

Ever since the unveiling of the GKG 2.0 file format last month, we’ve been inundated with requests to expand GDELT from the news media, human rights reports, and academic literature to include global leader speeches in order to begin computationally exploring the underlying evolutionary arcs, pivots, and psychological processes expressed through the daily speeches of the world’s […]


World Bank: Can the Internet Solve Conflict?

The World Bank published this article yesterday titled “Can the Internet Solve Conflict” that discusses GDELT’s role in cataloging the world’s conflicts. Read the Full Article.


Introducing the Global Content Analysis Measures (GCAM)

Today we mark a truly transformative moment in the history of GDELT. From its public debut a year and a half ago, GDELT has grown at a rate that it is almost impossible to imagine, passing over one million downloads in six months this past August, and finding application across the globe. From its founding, […]


GDELT Appears in Poland’s WPROST

Just a month shy of three years since he appeared onstage in Warsaw, Kalev is making an appearance in Poland once again, this time on the pages of WPROST, one of the most influential weekly news magazines in the nation.  Reporter Grzegorz Lewicki posted this picture to Twitter of the article, which appears in the current […]


History Channel Documentary

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru is being filmed for an incredibly exciting new documentary to be aired on the History Channel/H2!  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 […]


GDELT in Romanian Big Data Meetup

The Big Data / Data Science Meetup in Cluj-Napoca, Romania recently held a workshop titled “How to think in MapReduce” that used GDELT to explore working with large datasets inside of Apache Hadoop.


Council on Foreign Relations Voices of the Next Generation

Kalev will be speaking later this month at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as part of its Voices of the Next Generation series.  Past speakers have included Gavin Andresen, chief scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation, Vanessa Kerry, cofounder and CEO of Seed Global Health, and Chris Hughes, publisher and editor-in-chief of New Republic.


Reimagining Libraries as Conveners of Information and Innovation

Kalev’s guest post for the Knight Blog titled “Reimagining Libraries as Conveners of Information and Innovation” explores his collaborations over the past year with the Internet Archive to make use of its 19 petabytes of holdings to fundamentally rethink how we explore and understand the world through data and what that can tell us about the […]