The Gdelt Project
GDELT monitors print, broadcast, and web news media in over 100 languages from across every country in the world to keep continually updated on breaking developments anywhere on the planet. Its historical archives stretch back to January 1, 1979 and update every 15 minutes. Through its ability to leverage the world’s collective news media, GDELT moves beyond the focus of the Western media towards a far more global perspective on what’s happening and how the world is feeling about it. Krishna Bharat, “And now, News”, The Official Google Blog, January 23, 2006.
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There are more than 25,000 publishers from around the world in Google News today. During the summer of 2010, Google decided to redesign the format of the Google news page, creating a firestorm of complaints. The attempt at establishing a publisher right on press publications was then repeated at EU level with the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. More than 150 wildfires currently burning across Chile have destroyed homes and thousands of acres of forests.
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Monitoring nearly the entire world’s news media is only the beginning – even the largest team of humans could not begin to read and analyze the billions upon billions of words and images published each day. A huge array of datasets totaling trillions of datapoints are available. Three primary data streams are created, one codifying physical activities around the world in over 300 categories, one recording the people, places, organizations, millions of themes and thousands of emotions underlying those events and their interconnections and one codifying the visual narratives of the world’s news imagery. What would it look like to use massive computing power to see the world through others’ eyes, to break down language and access barriers, facilitate conversation between societies, and empower local populations with the information and insights they need to live safe and productive lives? By quantitatively codifying human society’s events, dreams and fears, can we map happiness and conflict, provide insight to vulnerable populations and even potentially forecast global conflict in ways that allow us as a society to come together to deescalate tensions, counter extremism, and break down cultural barriers? All three streams update every 15 minutes, offering near-realtime insights into the world around us. Finally, also in collaboration with the Internet Archive, the Archive captures nearly all worldwide online news coverage monitored by GDELT each day into its permanent archive to ensure its availability for future generations even in the face of repressive forces that continue to erode press freedoms around the world.
Much of the true insight captured in the world’s news media lies not in what it says, but the context of how it says it. Nearly 60 attributes are captured for each event, including the approximate location of the action and those involved. This translates the textual descriptions of world events captured in the news media into codified entries in a grand “global spreadsheet.” From the Global Twitter Heartbeat to the SyFy Opposite Worlds Show we are exploring how social media is used around the world and how people and societies express themselves and talk about the world online. As these projects increase our collective understanding of the social sphere and especially how it is used in the non-Western world, we will be increasingly integrating social media into GDELT’s monitoring streams. In August 2011, the “News Archive Advanced Search” functionality was removed entirely, again generating complaints from regular users who found that the changes rendered the service unusable. Archival newspaper articles could still be accessed via the Google News Search page, but key functionalities such as the timeline view and ability to specify more than 10 results per page were removed.