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Put simply, the GDELT Project is a real-time open data global graph over human society as seen through the eyes of the world’s news media, reaching deeply into local events, reaction, discourse, and emotions of the most remote corners of the world in near-real time, and making all of this available as an open data firehose to enable research over human society.
This talk will explore both the technical underpinnings and workflows of the GDELT Project, and how Google BigQuery is enabling GDELT to explore real-time whole-of-data exploration of the underlying patterns of global human society through the eyes of the world’s news media.
Kalev Leetaru, the founder of the GDELT Project, will spend the first half of the presentation discussing everything from the technical to the methodological to the sociological issues in building one of the world’s largest open data platforms on human society. Felipe Hoffa, developer advocate for Google BigQuery, will take the second half of the presentation to walk through a number of case examples of how BigQuery is enabling real-time whole-of-data access to GDELT that enables the kind of speed-of-thought exploration simply not possible in previous architectures.
In 2011 Felipe Hoffa moved from Chile to San Francisco to join Google as a software engineer. Since 2013 he’s been a developer advocate on big data – 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. You can find him in several videos, blog posts, and conferences around the world.
Kalev H. Leetaru founded and leads the GDELT Project, which monitors the world’s broadcast, print, and web news media in over 100 languages in real time and identifies the people, locations, organizations, counts, themes, sources, emotions, narratives and events driving global society, creating a free open platform for computing on the entire world. One of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013, he is a senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security and a council member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. He was previously a fellow and adjunct faculty in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. His work focuses on how innovative applications of the world’s largest datasets, computing platforms, algorithms and mindsets can reimagine the way we understand and interact with our global world.
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