The Future of Political Science Just Showed Up
April 11, 2013 8:04 AM Subscribe
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is now publicly available. GDELT stands for Global Data on Events, Location and Tone, and is a dataset that contains information on over 200 million geolocated events.
Political scientists are ecstatic, describing this free datset as "revolutionary
" and that it will inspire "a thousand dissertations." Others call it a "game-changer
According to the magazine Foreign Policy
, GDELT includes "everything from a riot over food prices in Khartoum, to a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka, to a speech by the president of Paraguay."
"It's the sheer size," says the dataset's author Kalev Leetaru, when asked what makes the project unique. "And the resolution. It's not just saying an event took place in Syria. It's saying who did what to whom. It will tell us that it was the military who attacked Christian civilians in this city on this day. If the article says it was worshippers who were attacked in their church, that will all be captured."
You can download this NSF funded data here