Interview with Que Leer Magazine

The influential Spanish cultural magazine Que Leer ("What to Read") recently interviewed Kalev for his thoughts on where the future of the book is heading in an article titled "What will the world of the library look like in 2020? Six experts predict the future." You can read the full interview below in English, excerpts of which […]

Airbrushing History: American Style

Featured in the New York Times and international media, this study traced how key White House press releases were constantly revised over several years, illustrating the ease with which critical government documents can be altered in the digital era. New York Times Article. New York Times Editorial. D-Lib Journal Article. Selected Press Coverage: MSNBC's Countdown […]

The Deeper Story of Google Books and the Open Content Alliance

Featured in Que Leer, the preeminent Spanish cultural magazine, this study was the first to quantitatively compare the Google Books and Open Content Alliance initiatives and uncover a number of unexpected similarities and differences between the projects. Read the Full Study. The study was extensively cited and covered in the popular and academic press.  A […]

Harvard University Conflict Early Warning Workshop

Kalev spoke at Harvard University's Conflict Early Warning Workshop, focusing on how automated coding of the world's open information streams will lead to a revolution in how we understand, map, and forecast conflict.

An OSINT Study of Media Coverage of WorldCom

Just three years into the new millennium, two of the greatest symbols of American capitalism had imploded in a display of corruption and misgovernance. The increasingly internationalized world economy meant the fall of Enron and WorldCom had serious ramifications for foreign investors and markets, and the effects of these events were felt across the globe. As the popular […]

Instant Messaging as a Hypermedium in the Making

The recent rise of Instant Messaging systems as a centerpiece of online communication has brought with it many questions about the role this new medium will play in the communicative sphere. As the medium has evolved, it has grown to subsume many traditional communication technologies, merging their individual capabilities. In this chapter, a cross-section of popular and established […]

Opening of Columbia University's Human Rights Archive

Kalev spoke at Columbia University's Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research Conference before an audience of more than "240 scholars, human rights activists, legal advocates, librarians, and archivists from all over the world" marking the formal opening of Columbia's human rights archives for public access … the official repository for the archives of Amnesty International USA, […]

Office of Naval Research: Federal Funding Exploration System

Together with Alan Craig, Kalev developed this advanced platform which combines a range of open data streams on federal funding opportunities with sophisticated data mining and natural language algorithms to create an end-to-end exploration, analysis, visualization, and alerting service to connect small businesses with potential funding opportunities. Read More.

Profile of a Campus Project

My landmark 2006 study on the state of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus garnered signficant attention when the University was organizing its Strategic Planning initiative and offers a model for how to understand institutions of higher education through a variety of data-driven dimensions. As a doctoral student, I created the Profile of a […]

ICHOLS: Computational Study of Language

Kalev's collaboration with Douglas Kibbee and Alan Craig was presented at the 10th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences, titled "Facilitating the Study of Prescriptive Language Behavior Through Automatic Database Building and Data Extraction."

Kauffman Foundation: Empowering the Entrepreneur

Kalev and Alan Craig spoke at the Kauffman Foundation's headquarters on "Empowering the Entrepreneur: Bringing the Power of Information Technology and the Web to the Entrepreneur."  Kalev was also the 2005 Kauffman Thoughtbook Featured Student Entrepreneur.

UIHistories: Massive Digital History

My undergraduate major was computer science, but as my senior thesis I wrote the first history of the University of Illinois' buildings and spaces, digitized and integrated more than 70,000 pages of historical material, and took more than 250,000 photographs documenting the entire campus through the four seasons. Together, the resulting UIHistories project serves as […]