An OSINT Study of Media Coverage of WorldCom

Just three years into the new millennium, two of the greatest symbols of American capitalism had imploded in a display of corruption and misgovernance. The increasingly internationalized world economy meant the fall of Enron and WorldCom had serious ramifications for foreign investors and markets, and the effects of these events were felt across the globe. As the popular […]

Instant Messaging as a Hypermedium in the Making

The recent rise of Instant Messaging systems as a centerpiece of online communication has brought with it many questions about the role this new medium will play in the communicative sphere. As the medium has evolved, it has grown to subsume many traditional communication technologies, merging their individual capabilities. In this chapter, a cross-section of popular and established […]

Opening of Columbia University's Human Rights Archive

Kalev spoke at Columbia University's Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research Conference before an audience of more than "240 scholars, human rights activists, legal advocates, librarians, and archivists from all over the world" marking the formal opening of Columbia's human rights archives for public access … the official repository for the archives of Amnesty International USA, […]

Office of Naval Research: Federal Funding Exploration System

Together with Alan Craig, Kalev developed this advanced platform which combines a range of open data streams on federal funding opportunities with sophisticated data mining and natural language algorithms to create an end-to-end exploration, analysis, visualization, and alerting service to connect small businesses with potential funding opportunities. Read More.

Profile of a Campus Project

My landmark 2006 study on the state of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus garnered signficant attention when the University was organizing its Strategic Planning initiative and offers a model for how to understand institutions of higher education through a variety of data-driven dimensions. As a doctoral student, I created the Profile of a […]

ICHOLS: Computational Study of Language

Kalev's collaboration with Douglas Kibbee and Alan Craig was presented at the 10th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences, titled "Facilitating the Study of Prescriptive Language Behavior Through Automatic Database Building and Data Extraction."

Kauffman Foundation: Empowering the Entrepreneur

Kalev and Alan Craig spoke at the Kauffman Foundation's headquarters on "Empowering the Entrepreneur: Bringing the Power of Information Technology and the Web to the Entrepreneur."  Kalev was also the 2005 Kauffman Thoughtbook Featured Student Entrepreneur.

UIHistories: Massive Digital History

My undergraduate major was computer science, but as my senior thesis I wrote the first history of the University of Illinois' buildings and spaces, digitized and integrated more than 70,000 pages of historical material, and took more than 250,000 photographs documenting the entire campus through the four seasons. Together, the resulting UIHistories project serves as […]