The Possibility of Global Data Sets — An Interview with Kalev Leetaru

Kalev Leetaru
December 11, 2014

Kalev Leetaru is the creator of GDELT (Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone), a comprehensive, open source data set that aggregates news media to track political events and protests throughout the world, as well as the people, organizations, themes, and emotions underlying them. He just finished a term as the 2013–2014 Yahoo Fellow at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and is working to expand the GDELT project. Leetaru provided the Journal with insight regarding the origins of the database, some of its complexities, new developments, and his vision for how GDELT can forecast future uprisings and political violence to help those affected.