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.  

Vice's Motherboard Covers GDELT

Ben Makuch of Vice's Motherboard wrote this great article about how GDELT is reshaping how we monitor and understand the world through the global news media and its potential for forecasting. Read the Full Article.

Wilson Center Event on Data Journalism and Policymaking

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru will be speaking on July 30th alongside Alexander Howard at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC at an event titled "Data Journalism and Policymaking: A Changing Landscape." More Detail on This Event.

Twitter Research to Power Audience Interaction with SyFy's Face Off Series

The SyFy channel's highest-rated unscripted series Face Off will use the next generation of Kalev's Twitter research, used this past spring in Opposite Worlds, to allow viewers the ability to directly affect the outcome of the show.    The technology helped Opposite Worlds become SyFy's most social series premiere ever,'s top unscripted series debut ever, […]

GDELT Now on!

We are excited to announce that GDELT is now available on, courtesy of the World-Wide Human Geography Data (WWHGD) Working Group! View the GDELT entry.

Mashable Discussion of ISIS Social Media

GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru is quoted in a Mashable article on ISIS's evolving use of "social media as an actual weapon of war" and the value of monitoring and understanding the social media landscape surrounding terror organizations. View Article.

Kalev Named World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council Member

We are incredibly honored and excited to announce that GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru has been named as a  Council Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government for the 2014-2016 term!  This is an incredible honor and we are absolutely thrilled to have a chance to contribute to such an […]

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 […]