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 […]

SBP 2014 Grand Data Challenge Winner

Its always incredibly exciting to see all of the different ways that GDELT is being applied and it is especially compelling to see some of the incredibly sophisticated analytic techniques that are being applied to GDELT that take advantage of its unique size, scale, and richness. This year's International Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction […]

From Big Data to Global Diplomacy: Today and Tomorrow

Today Kalev's Yahoo! Conference was held Georgetown University, titled "From Big Data to Global Diplomacy: Today and Tomorrow" and featuring presentations from Will Mayo of GNIP and Noel Dickover of the US Institute of Peace and a three-way panel discussion on the future of how big data is permanently reshaping the landscape of global diplomacy. Learn […]

Working with GDELT in Python: A Quick Tutorial

Python has become an increasingly popular language for rapidly working with large datasets.  James Houghton has a great quick tutorial for loading and working with the GDELT event database in Python. Read the tutorial.

TimeMapper: Rwanda

With today being the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, we've received a number of requests for visualizations and insights that show what “big data” analysis of the news media can tell us about the conflict. Similar to the visualization of Nigeria in 2014, we’ve created a TimeMapper visualization, courtesy of the GDELT Analysis […]

Understanding Megacities

Megacities will play an outsized role in global politics and national stability over the coming decades with some estimates suggesting nearly three quarters of the world’s inhabitants will be living in such urban environments by 2050. From water access to sanitation, flooding to healthcare, communications to transportation, megacities present a host of unique challenges, including […]

Networking The World’s Newsmakers

Perhaps one of the GDELT Analysis Service’s most eagerly-awaited new visualizations is its Global Knowledge Graph Network Visualizer, which allows you to rapidly construct network visualizations of the people, organizations, locations, and themes undergirding global society. Delivered to your inbox is an interactive browser-based network visualization, a spreadsheet of “centrality” and “influencer” rankings, and even […]

Geographic Networks: Contextualizing Relationships in Space

Perhaps the most famous visualizations from Culturomics 2.0 were the geographic networks that illustrated how the geography of the world is interconnected through the eyes of the news media. Geographically-situated networks, in which nodes are placed in space at their actual geographic locations, offer an incredibly rich new analytic framework that blends spatial and non-spatial […]

Timelines of Countries and of Themes

One of the first requests from early previews of the Timeline Visualization tool was the ability to plot countries and themes in a similar way, to make it possible to observe temporal correlations. Countries often exhibit complex temporal interplays in which events or views in one country spill over into neighboring or culturally proximate countries. […]

Timelining Tone: Visualizing Emotional Timelines

Emotion has become an increasingly powerful lens through which to explore the world, as a growing literature demonstrates the ability to extract powerful latent cues from our daily discourse and the connection of those cues to physical action. For example, few countries have collapsed in the midst of skyrocketing popular support for their leadership or […]

Visualizing the Timelines of Conflict

The concept of time is at once one of the most basic dimensions through which to understand and visualize conflict, yet simultaneously it is one of the more difficult to represent concisely at high resolution. Representing daily change over 35 years requires arraying more than 12,700 data points in a single one-dimensional linear display. Traditionally […]

Heatmapping Hotspots: The New Heatmapper Visualization

One of the most-requested features for the new GDELT Analytics Service has been the addition of GIS-friendly export file formats and especially creation of a “heatmap” visualization capability. Thus, without further ado we present the new GDELT Event and Global Knowledge Graph Heatmapper tools!   (Click the image above to view the interactive heatmap).

Expediting Extraction and Exporting: GDELT Event and GKG Exporter Tools

The massive size of GDELT’s data archives can make it difficult to extract just the subset of data you need for a given visualization or analysis. For example, trying to map all attacks against a certain ethnic group in Nigeria over the last 35 years requires examining over a quarter-billion records, each of which records […]

Introducing the GDELT Analysis Service

Today we are extraordinarily excited to announce a spectacular new addition to the GDELT family: the GDELT Analysis Service! This new cloud-based service allows you to visualize, analyze, explore, and export both the GDELT Event Database and GDELT Global Knowledge Graph completely from your web browser, with no technical experience or expertise whatsoever required. You […]

TimeMapper: Visualize The Pulse of Our Global World

One of the most exciting announcements that will be coming shortly to GDELT is a fundamental new way of working with its massive archives of data. Perhaps one of the most exciting new capabilities that will be announced is the new GDELT “TimeMapper” system. The TimeMapper system allows you to search the full quarter-billion-record GDELT […]

Washington Post Features GDELT's World Leader Word Clouds

The Washington Post featured GDELT's new gallery of "world leader word clouds", including a great analysis by reporter Adam Taylor of many of the images and what they tell us about the world's heads of state.  Check out the full article below or create a few yourself using the new GDELT Analysis Service! Read the Full Article

New York Times features GDELT

The New York Times' Sunday print edition featured a whole paragraph about GDELT and how it is powering the study of global human society. Read the Full Article

Making a World Leader “Word Cloud”

A key focus of GDELT in 2014 is on how to make its incredibly vast and rich datasets easier to work with and, in particular, more accessible to the non-technical community. To help unlock these incredibly unique insights into global society, we’re experimenting with a range of new visualizations and other ways of interacting with […]

Mapping Violence and Protests in Nigeria

As the world's media outlets run round-the-clock coverage of masked soldiers facing off against besieged Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea, the rest of the world has largely been drowned out. Few, for example, have likely followed the events in Nigeria, where Boko Haram has executed 59 children in an attack on a boarding school and […]

Mapping Spatial Trends in Violence in Afghanistan Using GIS

As GDELT is increasingly finding pilot use in operational trend detection contexts, we have been receiving a growing number of requests from users integrating it with professional GIS software like ESRI’s ArcGIS platform. Users are looking to combine GDELT with other GIS datasets, perform various types of spatial analyses, or to overlay it onto thematic […]

R package GDELTtools v1.2 released

GDELTtools is a package for the R statistical package that makes it easy to download all or some of the GDELT event data, subset it on different variables, and normalize it to make valid time series analysis easier.  The latest version 1.2 supports the new GDELT server and adds several new features.  The new GetAllOfGDELT […]

Pew Report: Digital Life in 2025

Kalev was one of the experts asked to provide his views on the future of the internet for Pew Research's "Digital Life in 2025" report.  One of his comments printed in the final report notes that "the greatest impacts will come from the use of all of the data exhaust of people's daily lives, as […]