The blog comes from Kalev H. Leetaru, a fellow and adjunct faculty in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC. His award-winning work centers on the application of high performance computing and “big data” to grand challenge problems. The entire quarter-billion-record GDELT Event Database is now available as a public dataset in Google BigQuery.
The GDELT Project pushes the boundaries of “big data,” weighing in at over a quarter-billion rows with 59 fields for each record, spanning the geography of the entire planet, and covering a time horizon of more than 35 years. The GDELT Project is the largest open-access database on human society in existence. Its archives contain nearly 400M latitude/longitude geographic coordinates spanning over 12,900 days, making it one of the largest open-access spatio-temporal datasets as well.