In December 2013, on the 65th anniversary of the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Kalev traveled to Tallinn, Estonia, to present at the Estonian Institute of Human Rights' Annual Conference on Human Rights 2013: Human Rights and Freedom to Association. He spoke on the emerging application of big data towards monitoring human […]
Kalev was quoted as an "expert in big data," discussing the ways in which data exhaust is being used by governments to measure and monitor global human society in the #4 most important science story of 2013 in Discover Magazine's "The Year in Science: The 100 Top Stories of 2013", available December 3rd, 2013. See […]
The GDELT Global Knowledge Graph to identify all people mentioned in articles referencing any location in Iran between April and October 2013. A list was compiled of every person mentioned in each article, and all names mentioned in an article together were connected. The end result was a network diagram of all of the people […]
Using a combination of the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph and the Internet Archive's Television News Archive, Kalev Leetaru analyzed national media discourse around Obamacare, including producing a sequence of heatmaps via the Global Knowledge Graph that chart the darkening stormclouds of public opinion. For the first time, we can use sophisticated computer algorithms to transform […]
Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru presents metrics on trending in social media and analysis of massive amounts of data in real time. Presented at the Mortara Center, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Watch the video.
GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru is now a Featured Voice for Foreign Policy magazine, writing a regular column covering the ways in which big data is forever changing our understanding of global society and how we practice global diplomacy. GDELT features prominently in his columns exploring how big data can be used to enhance statecraft in […]
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Humanity United Model Challenge, the final round of the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, "asked innovative problem solvers to create algorithmic models that can help forecast when and where mass atrocities are likely to occur." Nearly 100 contributors submitted 618 algorithms to the competition, with the […]
Kalev presented today at the "Social Media and Digital Maturity: Implications for National Security" summit at the Centre of Excellence for National Security, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
For those using Palantir’s data analysis and visualization platform, you can now import the complete quarter-billion-record GDELT database, along with the daily updates, directly into the Palantir Gotham Data Fusion platform, where it can be mashed up, analyzed, and visualized against any other data to explore complex patterns and relationships! Existing users looking to load […]
Kalev and Roger MacDonald, Director of the Internet Archive Television News Archive, spoke on their project to map the geography of the Archive's television news archive.
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."
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Kalev presented GDELT at the 2013 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Academic Research Program (NARP) Symposium at the National Academy of Sciences headquarters in Washington, DC today.
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.
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. […]
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. […]
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.
Kalev presented on how "big data" is reshaping our ability to forecast future mass atrocities as part of the USAID Workshop on Early Warning about Mass Atrocities Against Civilians.