Global Data of Events, Languages, and Tones

More than 250 million global events are now in the cloud for anyone to analyze be Derrick Harris.

From the post:

Georgetown University researcher Kalev Leetaru has spent years building the Global Database of Events, Languages, and Tones. It now contains data on more than 250 million events dating back to 1979 and updated daily, with 58 different fields apiece, across 300 categories. Leetaru uses it to produce a daily report analyzing global stability. He and others have used it to figure out whether the kidnapping of 200 Nigerian girls was a predictable event and watch Crimea turn into a hotspot of activity leading up to ex-Ukrainian Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster and Russia’s subsequent invasion.

“The idea of GDELT is how do we create a catalog, essentially, of everything that’s going on across the planet, each day,” Leetaru explained in a recent interview.

And now all of it is available in the cloud, for free, for anybody to analyze as they desire. Leetaru has partnered with Google, where he has been hosting GDELT for the past year, to make it available (here) as a public dataset that users can analyze directly with Google BigQuery. Previously, anyone interested in the data had to download the 100-gigabyte dataset and analyze it on their own machines. They still can, of course, and Leetaru recently built a catalog of recipes for various analyses and a BigQuery-based method for slicing off specific parts of the data.

See Derrick’s post for additional details.

When I previously wrote about GDELT it wasn’t available for querying with Google’s BigQuery. That should certainly improve access to this remarkable resource.

Perhaps intelligence gathering/analysis will become a cottage industry.

That’s a promising idea.

See also: Google BigQuery homepage.

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