Digital Diplomacy +SocialGood Forum

Kalev spoke on the future of data-driven diplomacy at the Digital Diplomacy +SocialGood Forum at the UN Foundation in Washington DC.  The Digital Diplomacy Coalition "brings together the diplomatic, international affairs and tech communities to share ideas & best practices to leverage digital for diplomacy."

Forecasting the Future of Afghanistan

Joshua Stevens, John Beieler, and Jay Yonamine created this absolutely stunning visualization of the past quarter-century of material conflict in Afghanistan, bringing together into a single visualization an incredibly rich spatio-temporal summary of the country's history. Even more powerfully, they coupled this with a forecasting model estimating likely changes in the level of material conflict […]

Gaza Goes Viral: An Analysis of Influence – Google Ideas Summit

At the Google Ideas Conflict in a Connected World summit in New York City on October 22, 2013, GNIP presented the results of an analysis of how Twitter was used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas during the October 2013 Gaza conflict in the first full-scale study of the use of social media […]

Canadian Foreign Ministry Innovation Week

Kalev presented at the Canadian Foreign Ministry in Ottawa, Canada on the evolving applications of "big data" and data-driven diplomacy to reshape foreign diplomacy, as part of its Innovation Week.

John Deere Big Data Summit 2013

In October 2013, GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru presented at the John Deere Big Data Summit 2013, designed "to bring together analytic and big data thought leaders from inside and outside the company to showcase cutting edge academic thinking, applications and real life examples." Over the past decade Kalev has worked with a number of the […]

Oxford Internet Institute Maps Global Media Through GDELT

The Oxford Internet Institute produced this eye-catching visualization of the geography of the news media based on the GDELT global event stream. They include a number of interesting findings regarding how the world's nations are interconnected in the eyes of the global media and who gets attention and where. OII also produced this infographic breaking their findings […]

Google Constitute: Digitizing the World's Constitutions

The Google Constitute project has made headlines across the world in its efforts to digitize and make searchable the world's constitutions, to find ways technology can continue to support and improve constitution design, allowing drafters, academics and global citizens to find and compare the world's constitutions. Kalev was brought into the project seven years ago to completely […]

A Secure and Free Internet – United Nations General Assembly

Kalev was an invited participant in the "A Secure and Free Internet" event at the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2013, hosted in the UN Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium. Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves gave the keynote address at the meeting, which focused on the role of cybersecurity and online privacy in the […]

Opening Presentation at Wolfram Data Summit 2013

Kalev gave the opening presentation at the Wolfram Data Summit 2013 on the 25th anniversary of the release of Mathematica, presenting on the world of big data and how the GDELT project is reshaping our understanding of human society. Check out the program.

Subsetting and Aggregating GDELT Using dplyr and SQLite

This is a guest post by Andrew Halterman. Edit 17 Sept to reflect changes in dplyr‘s syntax GDELT is an incredible resource for researchers and political scientists and has been getting increasing attention in popular publications. But weighing in at more than 60 GB, it’s too hefty for any kind of quick analysis in R, and is even cumbersome to subset in Python. […]

Mapping a Quarter Century of Protests Using GDELT

Foreign Policy ran a front-page story by Dana Stuster featuring the global and Egyptian protest maps created by John Beieler at Pennsylvania State University using GDELT and the CartoDB mapping platform. Slate's Joshua Keating also covered John's interactive Egyptian protest map, while the National Journal featured the global protests map as its Chart of the Day for August 23rd. […]

Lipari School on Computational Social Science

Kalev taught at the Lipari School on Computational Social Science in Italy from July 20 – July 27th, focusing on how "big data" computational study is transforming the way we understand the world around us.

Visualizing Global GDELT Coverage

Looking at the map of global protests in 2013 as captured in GDELT that John Beieler created, I was struck by how much protest activity there has been in India compared with the surrounding region and how much it and several other areas stood out. This made me concerned that this might simply be an […]

CNBC's Big Data Download Show Features GDELT

CNBC television ran a segment on GDELT for its Big Data Download program titled "An Ambitious Project to Track Global Political History" and discussing it as a powerful new dataset for tracking global activity and political risk. Watch the episode online.

New Scientist Magazine Maps the Syrian Civil War

Peter Aldhous of New Scientist Magazine put together this impressive interactive map of the Syrian civil war that breaks the violence down by quarter to plot how the conflict has been evolving. This map is an interactive companion to an article by Douglas Heaven in the May 13, 2013 issue of the magazine titled "World's largest events […]

The Sphere of Influence and Declassification Engine Projects

Led by Matthew Connelly at Columbia University, the Declassification Engine project is a wide-ranging effort involving "historians, journalists, legal scholars, statisticians, and computer scientists joining together to [explore] novel statistical/machine learning methodologies" focusing on "attributing authorship to anonymous documents, characterizing attributes of redacted text, and modeling spatial and temporal patterns of diplomatic communications." Already the […]

Mapping the Global Twitter Heartbeat: The Geography of Twitter

This collaboration with SGI and the University of Illinois' CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information (CIGI) Laboratory debuted the first-ever analysis of the geography of social media, exploring for the first time the "where" of Twitter. The study was covered throughtout the world, including the print edition of the New York Times to the BBC, The Telegraph, […]