Introducing GKG 2.0 – The Next Generation of the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph

We are incredibly excited to announce the official release of the GDELT Global Knowledge Graph (GKG) Version 2.0.  This marks a watershed moment for the GKG, transitioning it for the first time to production status, opening it up beyond purely news media, adding in new capabilities for richer emotions, citations, dates, and other kinds of […]

The Tricky Business of Acting on Live Data Before It’s Too Late

GigaOM's Derrick Harris talks about the need for humans to actually monitor and take action on the results of "big data" platforms: how massive monitoring platforms issuing alerts still ultimately need someone to do something based on that alert.  In the case of GDELT, it detected the earliest glimmers of the Government of Guinea recognizing […]

BBVA Country Risk Quarterly Report Q3 2014

The research staff in Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)'s Cross-Country Emerging Markets Unit (BBVA is the second-largest bank in Spain) produced some really fascinating country risk visualizations of the world using GDELT for their Country Risk Quarterly Report for Q3 2014.  They seamlessly blend GDELT's global political risk indicators with a variety of economic and other internal data […]

Insight on Conflict Feature on GDELT

Charles Martin Shields at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution wrote this great feature for Insight on Conflict on GDELT's new Global Conflict Dashboard. Read Full Article.

GDELT at USAID's Second Annual Frontiers in Development

Kalev spoke on GDELT yesterday at USAID's Second Annual Frontiers in Development conference at the Ronald Reagan Building.  Keynotes at the conference included Secretary of State John Kerry, Winnie Byanyima, and John Kufuor.

GDELT at the PeaceTech Summit: Engineering Durable Peace (NAE / USIP)

Kalev spoke yesterday on GDELT, the use of “big data” to understand conflict, and his work with the United States Institute of Peace at the “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 of Engineering (NAE) […]

Moscow Conference on Protest Data

Kalev presented on Friday on GDELT and the process and complexities of compiling global protest data to a conference on protest data being held at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and co-sponsored with the Boll Foundation.

Exploration of GDELT Data for Stability Modeling

This past June we pointed out an article by researchers at the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point exploring GDELT in the context of “Data Collection, Fusion, and Visualization for Decision Making in Stability Operations.”  They've now released a prototype visualization tool that allows you to select from a […]

Kalev Named to World Economic Forum Future of Government Global Agenda Council

Back in July we announced that GDELT creator Kalev Leetaru had 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.  The full council roster has now been released and Kalev serves alongside 18 others including Lord Peter Mandelson, Corrado Passera, Rafal Trzaskowski, Joseph Nye, […]

Cultural Computing at Literature Scale: Encoding the Cultural Knowledge of Tens of Billions of Words of Academic Literature

Representing the first large-scale content analysis of JSTOR, DTIC, or the Internet Archive ever performed, this latest GDELT collaboration, with Timothy Perkins and Chris Rewerts of the US Army Corps of Engineers, codified the entire holdings of JSTOR (academic literature), declassed/unclassed DTIC (US Government publications), and the Internet Archive (the open web) relating to humanities and social sciences […]

Television Trends Tracker: Explore American Television News

We are incredibly excited to announce the latest GDELT media analysis tool that provides a range of sophisticated analyses of the Internet Archive Television News Archive.  You can specify up to three words or phrases and optionally limit to a particular television network or date range, and get back a fully interactive dashboard showing how […]

GDELT on a Sphere

Back in May we unveiled GDELT on the NOAA Science on a Sphere network, allowing you to visit one of the more than 100 NOAA SOS spheres around the globe and see global conflict on an actual 6-foot-diameter globe floating in space right in front of you.  This week we traveled to NOAA's headquarters here in […]

USIP Open Situation Room

The United States Institute of Peace Open Situation Room uses GDELT for its global situation maps.  The Open Situation Room Exchange project seeks to empower greater collective impact in preventing or mitigating serious violent conflicts in particular arenas through collaboration and data sharing.  We seek to devise an operational framework of relationships and supportive technologies […]

Playing Nostradamus: Foreign Policy

Kalev's latest column for Foreign Policy focuses on how "Big data show that history does indeed repeat itself. What does that mean for foreign policymaking — and tackling crises from Ukraine to Syria?"  Estonian President Toomas Hendrick Ilves tweeted about the study!  The German edition of Huffington Post also covered it. Read the Full Column.

Meet the computer scientist trying to digitize, analyze and visualize our past: GigaOM

GigaOM's Derrick Harris writes this summary of Kalev's appearance on this week's Structure Show, titled "Meet the computer scientist trying to digitize, analyze and visualize our past", summarized as "Kalev Leetaru has measured the Twitter heartbeat, gathered and analyzed 35 years worth of news data, and this week helped launch the Internet Archive’s collection on Flickr […]

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 […]