New GDELT Website Debuts!

We're incredibly excited to unveil the beautiful  new GDELT Project website to you!   The new site does a vastly better job of communicating what the GDELT Project is, its vision, and how it can be used.  We've completely reorganized the layout of the site and moved a lot of information that formerly was buried […]

Bloomberg Covers GDELT in "Saving the World"

GDELT gets a prominent mention in a special Bloomberg feature on big data titled "Saving the World? How Big Data Is Tackling Everything From Cancer to Slavery". Read the Full Article.

GDELT: World's largest event dataset now publicly available in Google BigQuery

We are phenomenally excited to announce that the entire quarter-billion-record GDELT Event Database is now available as a public dataset in Google’s BigQuery database platform! BigQuery is Google’s powerful cloud-based analytical database service, designed for the largest datasets on the planet. It allows users to run fast, SQL-like queries against multi-terabyte datasets in seconds. Scalable […]

Computing on the Entire Planet From the Cloud: GDELT Moves to Google Cloud Platform

We are incredibly excited to announce a transformative new chapter in GDELT’s evolution – its move to Google Cloud Platform with the support of Google Ideas. The mission of Google Ideas is to “explore how technology can enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability or repression … connect[ing] users, experts and […]

GDELT Now in a Museum Near You via NOAA’s Science on a Sphere!

Imagine an actual physical 6-foot-diameter globe floating before your very eyes, displaying every imaginable dataset about our planet. Created by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Science On a Sphere® (SOS) “is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six […]

Did the Arab Spring Really Spark a Wave of Global Protests?

Kalev's latest Foreign Policy columns explores global protest activity over the last 35 years, finding that the Arab Spring touched off an increase of 25% in global protest activity, but that current levels are still significantly below 1980 levels.  A case study of Ukraine is provided to show the ability of GDELT's protest data to […]

Could we predict the kidnapping of Nigerian girls?

This article by Harvard NTL, which ran the USAID / Humanity United Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, discusses how the results of the top models could have potentially given critical state-level insight into elevated risk of civilian atrocities like the kidnapping in Borno State. Read the Article.

Refocusing Intelligence on Analysis

Kalev's latest Foreign Policy column discusses the need to refocus the intelligence process on analysis rather than collection – how do we better understand the rich array of open public indicators from the news media, social media, and other data streams? Read the Full Article For those interested in this topic, Josh Kerbel, Chief Analytic Methodologist […]

Kalev Speaks at National Defense University Forum

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru spoke at National Defense University today at a forum organized by the Center for Technology and National Security Policy and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa.  He presented on how GDELT can be used to visualize and understand macro-level patterns in conflict across the continent.

Kalev Speaks at Data Community DC

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru spoke to a packed house at Data Community DC's April meeting on his lessons learned from working at the frontiers of big data. Talk Announcement. Summary Writeup.

GDELT At GEOINT 2014 on GEOINT Foreword Panel

We were incredibly honored to present an overview of GDELT today on the GEOINT Foreward Panel on Human Geography at GEOINT 2013/2014, alongside Geographer of the United States Dr Lee Schwartz (Department of State), Mike Williams (US Central Command), and Brian Hagan (National Geospatial Intelligence Agency).  We were unable to be there in person, so Mike Williams graciously […]

SBP 2014 Grand Data Challenge Winner

Its always incredibly exciting to see all of the different ways that GDELT is being applied and it is especially compelling to see some of the incredibly sophisticated analytic techniques that are being applied to GDELT that take advantage of its unique size, scale, and richness. This year's International Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction […]

From Big Data to Global Diplomacy: Today and Tomorrow

Today Kalev's Yahoo! Conference was held Georgetown University, titled "From Big Data to Global Diplomacy: Today and Tomorrow" and featuring presentations from Will Mayo of GNIP and Noel Dickover of the US Institute of Peace and a three-way panel discussion on the future of how big data is permanently reshaping the landscape of global diplomacy. Learn […]

Working with GDELT in Python: A Quick Tutorial

Python has become an increasingly popular language for rapidly working with large datasets.  James Houghton has a great quick tutorial for loading and working with the GDELT event database in Python. Read the tutorial.

TimeMapper: Rwanda

With today being the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, we've received a number of requests for visualizations and insights that show what “big data” analysis of the news media can tell us about the conflict. Similar to the visualization of Nigeria in 2014, we’ve created a TimeMapper visualization, courtesy of the GDELT Analysis […]

Understanding Megacities

Megacities will play an outsized role in global politics and national stability over the coming decades with some estimates suggesting nearly three quarters of the world’s inhabitants will be living in such urban environments by 2050. From water access to sanitation, flooding to healthcare, communications to transportation, megacities present a host of unique challenges, including […]

Networking The World’s Newsmakers

Perhaps one of the GDELT Analysis Service’s most eagerly-awaited new visualizations is its Global Knowledge Graph Network Visualizer, which allows you to rapidly construct network visualizations of the people, organizations, locations, and themes undergirding global society. Delivered to your inbox is an interactive browser-based network visualization, a spreadsheet of “centrality” and “influencer” rankings, and even […]