2014 National Academies NAKFI Conference: Collective Behavior

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru will be attending the 2014 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Conference "Collective Behavior: From Cells to Societies" this November at the National Academies headquarters in Irvine, CA. The conference's vision statement is closely aligned with the vision and goals of the GDELT Project and we are incredibly honored and excited […]

National Academies Keck Grants on Government Dashboards and Learning in Medicine

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru will be in Chicago on August 22nd for the mid-cycle progress update meeting for grant awardees of the 2012  National Academies Keck Futures Initiative – The Informed Brain in a Digital World.   Kalev is Principle Investigator of "Your Brain on Dashboards: Data & Decisions," with Anthony Olcott, which focuses on […]

Mapping Ebola Using GDELT's GKG

Reuters published a new infographic on Monday that uses World Health Organization data to map the spread of the ebola epidemic in Western Africa.   This piqued our interest in how GDELT might be used to track the ongoing epidemic.  While the CAMEO taxonomy used by GDELT's event database does not presently have categories devoted […]

Visualizing GDELT In Tableau Using BigQuery

Julius Concepion shows off a screen capture visualizing the entire quarter-billion-record GDELT event database in realtime using Tableau and Google's BigQuery platform! See More.

GDELT Makes Appearance at BigDataCampLA

Well-known big data trainer and consultant Lynn Langit used GDELT to demonstrate Google's BigQuery database platform in her presentation at BigDataCampLA titled "Bleeding Edge Databases". View on YouTube.

GDELT Makes Appearance at DevoxxUK

Javier Ramirez, one of the founders of Teowaki, and a Google Developers Expert, gave a presentation at DevoxxUK that featured an example of using GDELT on BigQuery (see slide 15 and again slides 24-25): See the Presentation.

InfiniDB Demos GDELT at OSCON

InfiniDB announced today that its Chief Technology Officer, Jim Tommaney, will be demonstrating querying and analyzing the complete GDELT event database running in their InfiniDB database platform at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) later this month in Portland, Oregon. Read the Press Release. More Details about the Talk. Watch the Video.

ACM WEBSCI2014 Data Challenge Winner

From the Global Twitter Heartbeat to the SyFy Opposite Worlds Show to the non-Western world (and many more to be announced shortly) the GDELT Project is exploring how social media is used around the world and how people and societies express themselves and talk about the world online. We are proud to announce that the Global Twitter Heartbeat project was honored this […]

Using Global Media Tone for Leadership Assessment of Assad and Putin

Kalev's latest Foreign Policy column explores how the emotional "tone" of global news coverage of Syria's Assad and Russia's Putin offer critical policy-relevant insights into their leadership trajectories.  In particular, the US non-response to the Ghouta chemical weapons attack is seen to be the pivotal moment that cemented him firmly as the invulnerable  leader of Syria. Read […]

Columbia Journalism School Studies Media Coverage of Syrian Conflict Using GDELT

Students at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism  created this fantastic in-depth and interactive look at how the global news media have covered the conflict in Syria using GDELT as an entrance point to the international media fabric. Their paper explores some fantastic characteristics about how the media have covered the conflict including what dominates […]

GDELT Featured in May Roundup of Google Cloud Blog

The May 2014 roundup of the Google Cloud Blog prominently mentions GDELT's availability in Google's BigQuery database platform! Read the May 2014 Google Cloud Blog Roundup. See the original announcement or the GigaOM article.

Mapping the Syrian Conflict

Last week Palantir released the visualization below that it produced in collaboration with the Carter Center mapping conflict events in Syria over the first half of 2014 based on hand analysis and coding of social media streams, including thousands of videos shot within the country.  This got us wondering how GDELT's fully automated realtime view […]

West Point Study Explores GDELT for Decision Making

A new study published by researchers at the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point explores GDELT in the context of "Data Collection, Fusion, and Visualization for Decision Making in Stability Operations". Read the Full Study.

Wired Opinion Piece on the Future of Sentiment Mining

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru recently wrote an opinion piece for Wired on the state of sentiment mining, where it is today, its roots from the era of punch card computers, the limitations of current approaches, and where it is heading in the future.  The piece summarizes his work with the Syfy channel on reimagining the […]

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 […]