National Academies Keck Futures Initiative

In November 2012 GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru was selected to participate in the 2012 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, The Informed Brain in a Digital World, which "brings together more than 100 of the nation's best and brightest researchers from academic, industrial, and government laboratories to ask questions about – and to discover interdisciplinary connections […]

Mapping the Civil War Through HathiTrust's One Billion Pages of Books

In a collaboration with noted Civil War historian Vernon Burton, Kalev mapped the geography of the Civil War discourse through HathiTrust's nearly one billion pages of digitized books 1800-1923, developing new approaches to geographic narrative analysis and mapping to cope with the scale, historical discourse, and complexities of working with nearly a billion pages of […]

Global Twitter Heartbeat Project: Making Of

In a collaboration with SGI and the University of Illinois' CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information (CIGI) Laboratory we debuted the first-ever realtime combined population, tone, and geographic analysis of the live Twitter Decahose (10% of all tweets globally), creating a realtime map of global dreams and fears. This video goes behind the scenes of how this […]

Global Twitter Heartbeat Project: US Presidential Election

In a collaboration with SGI and the University of Illinois' CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information (CIGI) Laboratory we debuted the first-ever realtime combined population, tone, and geographic analysis of the live Twitter Decahose (10% of all tweets globally), creating a realtime map of global dreams and fears. As one demonstration, we visualized the United States Presidential […]

Global Twitter Heartbeat Project: Hurricane Sandy

In a collaboration with SGI and the University of Illinois' CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information (CIGI) Laboratory we debuted the first-ever realtime combined population, tone, and geographic analysis of the live Twitter Decahose (10% of all tweets globally), creating a realtime map of global dreams and fears. As one demonstration, we visualized Hurricane Sandy's impact on […]

Global Twitter Heartbeat Project: PufferSphere

In a collaboration with SGI and the University of Illinois' CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information (CIGI) Laboratory we debuted the first-ever realtime combined population, tone, and geographic analysis of the live Twitter Decahose (10% of all tweets globally), creating a realtime map of global dreams and fears. We displayed the live Twitter emotional heatmaps on both […]

2012 Winner of HPCWire Editor's Choice Edge HPC Award

Kalev's 2012 collaboration with supercomputer manufacturer SGI to create the first geographic historical visualization of Wikipedia's view of the world earned the 2012 HPCWire Editor's Choice Award for "Best use of HPC in an 'edge HPC' application" and "represent the highest level of honor and recognition given to the thought leaders in the HPC community […]

Global Twitter Heartbeat Project

In a collaboration with SGI and the University of Illinois' CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information (CIGI) Laboratory Kalev debuted the first-ever realtime combined population, tone, and geographic analysis of the live Twitter Decahose (10% of all tweets globally), creating a realtime map of global dreams and fears. Over the course of the annual 2012 Supercomputing conference we […]

ICCM Talk at World Bank on Realtime Automated Risk Forecasting

In October 2012, GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru traveled to Washington DC to speak at the International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM 2012) at the World Bank headquarters on the area of Realtime Automated Risk Forecasting, leveraging the emerging world of massive "big data" and enormous computational resources to assess the realtime "pulse" of global society […]

IEEE International Conference on eScience 2012

Kalev presented two papers at the IEEE International Conference on eScience, "Towards HPC for the Digital Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences: Needs and Challenges of Adapting Academic HPC for Big Data" (slides) as sole author and "Happy or Not: Generating Topic-Based Emotional Heatmaps for Culturomics Using CyberGIS" (slides) with Eric Shook, Guofeng Cao, Anand Padmanabhan, […]

CyberGIS Approach to Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

Kalev and Eric Shook gave the featured Showcase Presentation at The First International Conference On Space, Time, and CyberGIS, titled "A CyberGIS Approach to Digital Humanities and Social Sciences: The World of Textual Geography and a Case Study of Wikipedia's History of the World". See the Video. View the Presentation Slides.

Spatial Media Analysis for Remote Assessment

This study, with Charles Ehlschlaeger, Jeffrey Burkhalter and Marina Drigo, was presented at The First International Conference On Space, Time, and CyberGIS. See the Full Presentation.

Wikipedia Study Showcased on NOAA Science on a Sphere

The World According to Wikipedia, a collaboration with SGI and their new UV2 supercomputer to visualize Wikipedia's view of world history 1800-2012, is now available on the NOAA Science on a Sphere network, seen by over 24 million people a year! Read more about the Intensity and Tone visualizations. Learn more about the NOAA Science […]

Global OSINT Monitoring for Fragility Warning

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) developed during World War II and the Cold War as a surrogate for leadership analysis, created to use statecontrolled newspapers and other state media as the only available means to study the perceptions and intentions of leaders and elites in areas about which we had no other sources of information. The […]

The World According to Wikipedia: Intensity

SGI's new UV2 supercomputer, scalable to 64TB of RAM, was used to visualize world history 1800-2012 captured by Wikipedia. More than 80M locations and 40M dates were extracted from Wikipedia's 4M English articles to build a knowledge network of Wikipedia itself. Covered widely from the New York Times to the Atlantic Wire's Chart of the Day. Alternative View Tone. […]

The World According to Wikipedia: Tone

SGI's new UV2 supercomputer, scalable to 64TB of RAM, was used to visualize world history 1800-2012 captured by Wikipedia. More than 80M locations and 40M dates were extracted from Wikipedia's 4M English articles to build a knowledge network of Wikipedia itself. Covered widely from the New York Times to the Atlantic Wire's Chart of the […]

Wikipedia Study Showcases SGI UV2 Launch

In collaboration with SGI, the new UV2 supercomputer, which scales to 4,000 cores and 64TB in a single system image, was used to interactively explore Wikipedia's view of world history 1800-2012 and the underlying spatial-temporal knowledge network of Wikipedia's 4M pages, including 120 million locations and dates. This study marked the first time a digital […]

Opening Big Data Week

Kalev presented some of the welcoming remarks introducing Big Data Week and touching on the incredible growth of observational social data and the datasets available today to study human societal behavior at a global scale.

Culturomics 2.0 at TEDxTallinn

Featured in Nature, BBC, Discovery, and the media in over 100 countries, Kalev spoke about his work at TEDxTallinn 2012. Using an archive of 100 million global news articles spanning a quarter-century, a 2.4 petabyte network of 10 billion people, places, and things, and 100 trillion relationships are used to forecast the Arab Spring, pinpoint […]

LOC/NEH Chronicling America Bulk Exports Available

While at the Library of Congress presenting the keynote address opening the 2012 IIPC General Assembly, Kalev met with the staff behind the Library of Congress / National Endowment for the Humanities Chronicling America initiative to talk about ways it can be made more readily available for data mining.  One of Kalev's recommendation to the Library was […]