Cyclone Pam: Realtime Disaster Cataloging

This past December in response to Typhoon Ruby, GDELT collaborated with Andrej Verity of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Patrick Meier to provide a realtime global situational awareness system tracking worldwide reports of humanitarian aid pertaining to the disaster to feed into the MicroMappers platform.   Based on the excitement generated by this pilot aid […]

Medium Post On GDELT

John Wittenauer wrote this fantastic piece about GDELT which includes some wonderful quotes like "there are times when I’m reminded just how powerful these cloud computing platforms are, and the extent to which they enable grand ideas to be made reality … such is the case with the GDELT Project" and "I downloaded the events file from yesterday […]

IA GigaOM Archive Mentioned at SXSW

As we previously noted, Kalev was originally scheduled to speak at the GigaOM Structure Data 2015 conference this week, along with a "who's who" of industry luminaries.  With the sudden corporate shutdown of GigaOM, the fate of its vast and incredibly unique archive of news coverage spanning nearly a decade of Silicon Valley's greatest moments is in question, including some […]

Understanding Global Conflict And Disasters Through BigQuery: Advanced Examples

BigQuery makes it possible to explore data at scales limited really only by your imagination and to help get you started, we've pulled together some advanced analyses below courtesy of the incredible Felipe Hoffa. FINDING THE TOP CITIES WORLDWIDE WITH CURRENT DISASTER SITUATIONS (GKG) Earlier we found that we can use BigQuery’s advanced string functions […]

Kalev Speaking at GigaOM Structure Data 2015

We're incredibly honored that Kalev will be joining an incredible list of speakers at the GigaOM Structure Data 2015 conference later this month in New York City from March 18-19, 2015! Other speakers include Chief Scientist of Yahoo and Head of Yahoo Labs Ron Brachman, Google VP of Infrastructure Eric Brewer (creator of the CAP Theorem), ESPN […]

GDELT Live Stream For UN OCHA/ReliefWeb Disasters

This past December in response to Typhoon Ruby, GDELT collaborated with Andrej Verity of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Patrick Meier to provide a realtime global situational awareness system tracking worldwide reports of humanitarian aid pertaining to the disaster to feed into the MicroMappers platform. Based on the excitement generated by this pilot aid […]

Google BigQuery + GKG 2.0: Sample Queries

Making the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph available in Google BigQuery has been one of the most-requested features since the debut of the GDELT Event archive in BigQuery last May.  Now that GKG 2.0 is available in BigQuery as part of GDELT 2.0, we've been hearing from many of you asking for help in working with […]

World Bank Group Topical Taxonomy Now in GKG

We're excited to announce today that with the support of the World Bank Group we have incorporated the entire World Bank Group Topical Taxonomy, consisting of over 2,198 entries, into the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph 2.0!  The World Bank Group's taxonomy covers an incredible range of subjects, from Agriculture & Food Security to Education, Fragility to […]

NFAIS Opening Keynote

Kalev presented the opening keynote today at the  National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) Annual Conference.  His keynote, titled “The User of the Future: Reimagining How We Think About Information” will focus on how technology and changing norms in information access are profounding reshaping the information world. What does the concept of “information” look like in the […]

QCRI Study: News Geography and Major Determinants of News Coverage

Haewoon Kwak and Jisun An of the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) put together this fantastic paper titled "Understanding News Geography and Major Determinants of Global News Coverage of Disasters" that explores the determinants and drivers of global news coverage of disasters using GDELT and was even covered in MIT's Technology Review! Read the Full Paper. […]

Announcing GDELT’s New “Tools for Journalists” Initiative

UPDATE 5/23/2015: In discussion with all of the users of this program, we've found that all of you have now migrated to the new GDELT Trends Dashboard, which offers an identical export option that is far more powerful, including advanced filters.  We're therefore halting new update files for this program as of 5/23/2015.  Please contact us with […]

GigaOM Covers GDELT 2.0

Derrick Harris of GigaOM wrote this fantastic article about the debut of GDELT 2.0 and GDELT Translingual!  For those attending GigaOM Structure Data 2015 in New York next month, Kalev's talk will focus on how GDELT is being used to reimagine how we understand global society. Read the Full Article.

GDELT 2.0: Our Global World in Realtime

We are enormously excited to announce today the unveiling of the future of GDELT.  GDELT 2.0 debuts what we believe is one of the largest and most ambitious platforms ever created for monitoring our global world. From realtime translation of the world’s news in 65 languages, to measurement of more than 2,300 emotions and themes […]

GDELT Translingual: Translating the Planet

With the debut of GDELT 2.0 we are incredibly excited and proud to announce the public debut of a system we believe will fundamentally reshape how we understand the world around us: GDELT Translingual. Put simply, GDELT Translingual represents what we believe is the largest realtime streaming news machine translation deployment in the world: all […]

GDELT+BigQuery: Understanding the World with SQL

Check out this amazing video created by Felipe Hoffa, Developer Advocate on big data at Google, that showcases how GDELT is making use of Google's incredible BigQuery platform to understand and explore our global world.   Read the Introduction to the Video. Watch the Teaser Trailer Video. Learn More About GDELT in Google BigQuery.

Creating Your Own GDELT Dashboard Map With CartoDB

Imagine a map that uses computers to “read” news reports from across the entire world each day, identifying the events described within and their locations, and placing all of that into a single interactive map, zoomable and clickable down to the level of a city or hilltop across the globe, summarizing in at glance our […]

Bavarian Broadcasting Science Episode Features GDELT

Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting – BR) features GDELT on their science episode this week.  The section on GDELT (with German translation) is introduced around timecode 5:20 and begins around timecode 6:10, running through timecode 10:00. Listen to the Episode.

Automatic Source Location Contextualization for Geocoding Local News

As we gear up for the imminent debut of GDELT 2.0, we are tremendously excited to announce a transformative new addition to GDELT's geographic processing: GDELT's geocoder now estimates the geographic location of each news outlet in the world by monitoring its primary locative focus, and then uses this information to assist the geocoder in processing local and […]

NDIA 2015 Human Systems Conference

Kalev and Chris Rewerts from the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) will be presenting at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) 2015 Human Systems Conference next week titled "Human Systems: Maintaining Our Physical Edge, Enabling Our Cognitive Edge." Conference Agenda.

Kalev to Present Opening Keynote at NFAIS

We are incredibly excited and honored to announce that Kalev will be presenting the opening keynote of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) Annual Conference being held February 22-24 in Washington, DC.  Kalev's keynote, titled "The User of the Future: Reimagining How We Think About Information" will focus on how technology and changing norms […]

AAAS Science & Human Rights Coalition Meeting: Big Data & Human Rights: Video

Kalev spoke at the 2015 AAAS Science & Human Rights Coalition Meeting titled “Big Data & Human Rights” on the GDELT Project and how GDELT and “big data” are reshaping how we understand and react to global events.  A video is available of the plenary session for those who were unable to attend in person and AAAS […]

Digital Memory VI: Estonian National Library

Kalev presented today at the Digital Memory VI international conference "Web Archiving: Preserving the History of Data-Driven Society" at the National Library of Estonia, where he touched on many of the themes from his Knight Foundation guest post "Reimagining Libraries as Conveners of Information and Innovation."  

Timelines of Constitutional Discourse

GDELT isn't just about understanding global news – it is about understanding and contextualizing our global society.  From academic literature to human rights archives, GDELT has been interested in how we can bring the world's open information together and explore it in new ways.  Just over eight and a half years ago Kalev was brought […]