500 Years of the Images of the World's Books Now On Flickr

While a bit afield from codifying events from the world's news, GDELT Creator Kalev Leetaru collaborated with the Internet Archive and Flickr to extract the images from 600 million digitized book pages dating back 500 years from over 1,000 libraries worldwide and make them all browseable and searchable (via both the metadata of the original book […]

GigaOM: Here's Why the Democratization of Big Data Really Really Should Excite You

GigaOM's Barb Darrow and Derrick Harris interview Kalev for GigaOM's weekly The Structure Show focusing on the latest cloud and data developments. The abstract of this wide-ranging discussion says it all: "In the not-so-distant past, if you wanted to query huge data sets, you needed authorized access to the big iron of supercomputers. The era of big […]

Archiving the World: GDELT Joins the Internet Archive’s “No More 404” Initiative

The GDELT Project’s mission is to create a free open computational observatory to watch our world unfold, cataloging the events and underlying context driving global society each day. Among its many streams of information, GDELT constantly scours the open web, monitoring media outlets from across the globe in order to capture events as they unfold, […]

PeaceTech Summit: Engineering Durable Peace (NAE / USIP)

Kalev will be speaking on GDELT, the use of "big data" to understand conflict, and his work with the United States Institute of Peace at the upcoming "PeaceTech Summit: Engineering Durable Peace" event co-hosted by the National Academy of Engineering and the US Institute of Peace. The PeaceTech Summit is a collaboration of the National Academy […]

Topic Mining The World's News with GDELT with NGrams – Felipe Hoffa

Felipe Hoffa is a Developer Advocate on big data at Google, whose mission is "to inspire developers around the world to leverage the Google Cloud Platform tools to analyze and understand their data in ways they could never before."  In this Reddit post, Felipe talks about how to perform basic, but exceptionally powerful, ngram-based topic modeling on […]

Wolfram Data Summit 2014: What It Takes to Compute on the Whole World

Kalev will be speaking at the 2014 Wolfram Data Summit, presenting "What It Takes to Compute on the Whole World."  The Wolfram Data Summit is: A high-level gathering of innovators in data science, creators of connected devices, and leaders of major data repositories.  Established as a forum for leaders of the world's great data repositories, the […]

ICG's Lux Real-Time Streaming Analytics Platform Creates GDELT Watchboard

Illumina Consulting Group's LUX real-time streaming analytics platform features a watchboarding service based on GDELT:  "LUX ingests high volume dynamic societal information from the Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT) based on continuously monitoring the world’s broadcast, print, and web news globally.  Analysts set parameters for exploiting GDELT reports which feed dynamic watch […]

BBC: Can computers replace historians?

Rory Cellan-Jones of BBC News writes this fantastic article about the GDELT pilot study on correlating the patterns of world history. Read the BBC News Article. List to the BBC Podcast Interview (Begins at 17:50)

Hague Centre for Strategic Studies Releases Two Reports Using GDELT

The Hague Center for Strategic Studies recently released two reports that use GDELT to measure global conflict and cooperation, Balancing on the Brink: Vulnerability of States in the Middle East and North Africa and Why Are Pivot States So Pivotal? The Role of Pivot States in Regional and Global Security. Both reports are available for […]

Nextgov ViewCast: Keeping Pace With Big Data

Kalev spoke alongside Micheline Casey, Chief Data Officer of the United States Federal Reserve Board on Atlantic Media's Nextgov's viewcast titled "Keeping Pace with Data."  The viewcast focused on the topic of "For many agencies, data comes in a lot faster than analysis. Agencies need answers fast, and subpar, slow analytics can negatively affect an agency’s […]

GDELT Celebrates 1 Million Downloads!

Its been six months since GDELT opened in its new home, supported by Google Ideas, and what an incredible six months it has been! Sometime in the coming week GDELT will reach an astounding milestone: 1 million downloads! It is incredibly humbling to be able to create a project that is used by so many […]

Google Cloud Platform Blog on Patterns of World History Study

Felipe Hoffa wrote this great post on the Google Cloud Platform Blog with more technical detail on how BigQuery enabled GDELT to sift through the patterns of world history in just a single SQL query, executing 2.5 million correlations in just 2.5 minutes. Read the Blog Post.

Towards Psychohistory: Uncovering the Patterns of World History with Google BigQuery

Two months ago we unveiled in Google BigQuery access to the entire quarter-billion-record GDELT Event Database, which monitors the world’s broadcast, print, and web news media from across the world in over 100 languages and uses sophisticated computer algorithms to codify what’s happening throughout the globe. In essence, GDELT constructs a continually-updated computable catalog of […]

Wilson Quarterly Covers GDELT

The Wilson Quarterly covers GDELT in an article by Caitlin Moniz titled "What a Moneyball Style Analysis Tells Us About the Arab Spring." Read the Article.

Science at the United States – Africa Leader's Summit at the National Press Club

GDELT creator Kalev H. Leetaru spoke today at the National Press Club in Washington, DC at the "Science at the United States – Africa Leader's Summit" event, on a panel with Robert Bectel, Senior Policy Adviser and Chief Technology Officer, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, and David Bray, Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications […]

Kalev Advises New Columbia University Applied Analytics Program

Kalev spent the day at Columbia University advising its new Applied Analytics program, led by Procter & Gamble CIO Filippo Passerini. The program’s mission statement is: Analytics touches every aspect of an organization, from IT to HR to marketing to sales. At present, there is a critical shortfall of leaders and managers who can effectively […]

Op-Ed on Reimagining Innovation in Government

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru wrote an op-ed for the Orange County Register that reimagines what innovation should look like for the US Government, ending with the line "because creating a health care website shouldn’t cost three quarters of a billion dollars in Washington and just an afternoon of volunteer coding in Silicon Valley." Read the […]

The Emotion of Twitter as the Future of Interactive Television

The SyFy channel’s highest-rated unscripted series Face Off makes use of the next generation of Kalev’s Twitter research, used this past spring in Opposite Worlds, which set records across the board for Twitter engagement. On Face Off, the system is once again being used to synthesize the conversation on Twitter, offering a realtime “leaderboard of the […]

Mapping A World in Motion: A Daily Dashboard of Global Conflict

(CLICK TO OPEN MAP)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 […]


InfiniDB's Chief Technology Officer, Jim Tommaney, demonstrated querying and analyzing the complete GDELT event database running in their InfiniDB database platform at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Oregon. Read the Press Release. More Details about the Talk. Watch the Video.