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 […]

Could we predict the kidnapping of Nigerian girls?

This article by Harvard NTL, which ran the USAID / Humanity United Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, discusses how the results of the top models could have potentially given critical state-level insight into elevated risk of civilian atrocities like the kidnapping in Borno State. Read the Article.

Refocusing Intelligence on Analysis

Kalev's latest Foreign Policy column discusses the need to refocus the intelligence process on analysis rather than collection – how do we better understand the rich array of open public indicators from the news media, social media, and other data streams? Read the Full Article For those interested in this topic, Josh Kerbel, Chief Analytic Methodologist […]

Kalev Speaks at National Defense University Forum

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru spoke at National Defense University today at a forum organized by the Center for Technology and National Security Policy and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa.  He presented on how GDELT can be used to visualize and understand macro-level patterns in conflict across the continent.

Kalev Speaks at Data Community DC

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru spoke to a packed house at Data Community DC's April meeting on his lessons learned from working at the frontiers of big data. Talk Announcement. Summary Writeup.

GDELT At GEOINT 2014 on GEOINT Foreword Panel

We were incredibly honored to present an overview of GDELT today on the GEOINT Foreward Panel on Human Geography at GEOINT 2013/2014, alongside Geographer of the United States Dr Lee Schwartz (Department of State), Mike Williams (US Central Command), and Brian Hagan (National Geospatial Intelligence Agency).  We were unable to be there in person, so Mike Williams graciously […]