GDELT Global Knowledge Graph

We are tremendously excited to announce the debut of the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph (GKG), which expands GDELT’s ability to quantify global human society beyond cataloging physical occurrences towards actually representing all of the latent dimensions, geography, and network structure of the global news. To sum up the Global Knowledge Graph in a single sentence, […]

Mapping the Global Conversation: A Network Visual of the World

What happens when you take six months of news coverage from around the world and compile a list of every person mentioned and the people they were mentioned alongside? You get a network of 3 million nodes connected by 42 million links. Based on the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph — a massive compilation of the […]

Washington Post Features Global Twitter Heartbeat as Top Map

The Washington Post recently ran a special feature entitled "40 more maps that explain the world" in which it "searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail." Featured at #25 on the list is […]

New SyFy Reality Series Opposite Worlds Continues to Set Records

The SyFy channel's flagship new reality series, Opposite Worlds, monitors the live Twitter discourse around the show 24/7 to create a realtime "leaderboard" ranking the popularity of each character, which is then used to met out rewards and punishments on the show. GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru created the underlying emotional technology, which is among the most […]

Half a Billion Views to 2013's Biggest Stories

All 675 million references to the more than 69 million events captured by GDELT for 2012-2013 were scanned for global patterns in Material Conflict in 2013 compared with 2012, resulting in the largest event-based annual country ranking ever created. A 172-page report was compiled with a one-page country brief for every country, providing a series […]

New GDELT Daily Trend Reports

UPDATE 2/6/2016: We are still publishing these files daily, but the list of world leaders is not currently being updated while we transition to our new system. You can still download them in the format (YYYY-MM-DD.pdf), they are generated each morning with the date of the prior day. For example, on 2/6/2016 the latest report […]

Brazilian Protest Themes in the Global Knowledge Graph

This is a guest post by Andrew Halterman. The Global Knowledge Graph, in the words of Kalev Leetaru, aims to “connect every person, organization, location, count, theme, news source, and event across the planet into a single massive network that captures what’s happening around the world, what its context is and who’s involved, and how the world […]

Kalev's Research Powers New SyFy Reality Series Opposite Worlds

The SyFy channel's flagship new reality series, Opposite Worlds, is a prototype of the future of television in which the online social media discussion around a show for the first time directly controls the show outcomes. Historically the vast majority of television has been delivered in static one-way form to its audience: other than a […]

Guest Knight Blog Post on Internet Archive Virtual Reading Room

Roger Macdonald of the Internet Archive and GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru wrote this guest post for the Knight Foundation's blog describing the geographic mapping of the Internet Archive's TV News Archive and the Archive's new "virtual reading room" model to enable large-scale data mining of their collections. The post also debuts the Archive's new Visual […]

Kalev to Teach Georgetown University's First Comprehensive Big Data Course

Kalev will be teaching Georgetown University's first comprehensive "big data" course as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  His course, titled "Big Data Analytics and GLobal Diplomacy", will explore the role of data analytics  in global society, especially its role in the emerging realm of "digital diplomacy" and […]

FP's Favorite Reads of 2013

Each year Foreign Policy magazine's editors and columnists review their favorite reads of the year. For 2013 Kalev reviewed Anthony Olcott's book "Open Source Intelligence in a Networked World." Olcott manages to transform what is often viewed as the mundane stepchild of intelligence into an exciting and gripping global thriller, where, to paraphrase Samuel Wilson, […]

King Snowden and the Fall of Wikileaks – Network Mapping of Newsmakers

The GDELT Global Knowledge Graph to identify all people mentioned in articles referencing Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Wikileaks. A list was compiled of every person mentioned in each article, and all names mentioned in an article together were connected. The end result was a network diagram of all of the people mentioned in the […]

SBP 2014 Conference Grand Data Challenge Features GDELT

The Grand Data Challenge of the 2014 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP14) is titled "Computing Human Society through the Global News" and is based on GDELT. The Grand Data Challenge invites participants to pioneer innovative new bleeding-edge applications of GDELT from visualization and interaction to modeling and forecasting. Potential applications […]

Over 100 Turn Out for GDELT DC Hackathon Hosted by Gallup

Over 100 people showed up for the GDELT hackathon held in Washington, DC on December 18, 2013 hosted by Gallup in their beautiful DC offices. Packing the house to capacity was a cross-section of the major government agencies, think tanks, thought leaders, and academics from across DC and the nation. The fast talks featured a […]

GDELT DC Hackathon – Hosted by Gallup

GDELT DC HACKATHON – HOSTED BY GALLUP Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Washington, DC – The Gallup Building Following the tremendously successful second annual GDELT Hackathon held at Penn State University this past September, we are excited to announce the GDELT DC Hackathon, hosted by Gallup, to be held in the beautiful ornate conference room of […]

Global Twitter Heartbeat Featured as #1 Social Media Study of 2013

Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab produces a monthly roundup of "the top papers in digital media and journalism" and at end of each year compiles a list of "the best of the year." Coming in at #1 on their list of the dozen most important and influential studies of the 2013 on social media is Kalev's […]

Mapping Half a Million Hours of the Internet Archive's TV Archive: Three-Year Animation

In collaboration with the Internet Archive Kalev mapped nearly half a million hours of American television news programming covering the last three years. Using "fulltext geocoding" computer algorithms, the closed captioning of each broadcast was processed entirely by computer to identify, disambiguate, and map every mention of a location worldwide. This animated map allows you […]

Mapping the Geography of American Television News

This collaboration with the Internet Archive's Television News Archive is exploring the geography of American television news using the Archive's collection of more than a half-million hours of television totalling 1PB of video and nearly 3 billion words of closed captioning. The largest study of television news ever conducted, this project is applying whole-corpus analysis […]

Mapping Half a Million Hours of the Internet Archive's TV Archive: Interactive Geographic Search

In collaboration with the Internet Archive Kalev mapped nearly half a million hours of American television news programming covering the last three years. Using "fulltext geocoding" computer algorithms, the closed captioning of each broadcast was processed entirely by computer to identify, disambiguate, and map every mention of a location worldwide. This interactive map allows you […]

Foreign Policy Magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013

Foreign Policy magazine has named GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru as one of its Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013, recognizing "the world's most exciting people … who have made a measurable difference in politics, business, technology, the arts, the sciences, and more." In its biography of Kalev, FP writes "Kalev Leetaru has a mind for […]

EIHR Estonian Conference on Human Rights and Freedom to Association

In December 2013, on the 65th anniversary of the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Kalev traveled to Tallinn, Estonia, to present at the Estonian Institute of Human Rights' Annual Conference on Human Rights 2013: Human Rights and Freedom to Association. He spoke on the emerging application of big data towards monitoring human […]

Quoted in Discover Magazine's 100 Top Stories of 2013

Kalev was quoted as an "expert in big data," discussing the ways in which data exhaust is being used by governments to measure and monitor global human society in the #4 most important science story of 2013 in Discover Magazine's "The Year in Science: The 100 Top Stories of 2013", available December 3rd, 2013. See […]

The Tehran Connection – A Big Data Network View of Iran's Leadership

The GDELT Global Knowledge Graph to identify all people mentioned in articles referencing any location in Iran between April and October 2013. A list was compiled of every person mentioned in each article, and all names mentioned in an article together were connected. The end result was a network diagram of all of the people […]

Mapping Obamacare through the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph

Using a combination of the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph and the Internet Archive's Television News Archive, Kalev Leetaru analyzed national media discourse around Obamacare, including producing a sequence of heatmaps via the Global Knowledge Graph that chart the darkening stormclouds of public opinion. For the first time, we can use sophisticated computer algorithms to transform […]