Publications & Presentations

This page lists a selection of my major publications and presentations. For a more complete list, please see my curriculum vita.

2014

2013

  • The GDELT Project. GDELT Washington DC Hackathon Hosted by Gallup. Washington, DC. December 18, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Understanding our World and Through Big Data. GDELT Washington DC Hackathon Hosted by Gallup. Washington, DC. December 18, 2013. (INVITED).
  • The Global Conversation. Foreign Policy Magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013 Gala. Washington, DC. December 11, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Counter-terrorism, Surveillance and Human Rights. Annual Conference on Human Rights 2013: Human Rights and Freedom to Association. Tallinn, Estonia. December 10, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Understanding our World Through Big Data. Social Media and Digital Maturity: Implications for National Security. Centre of Excellence for National Security, Nanyang Technological University. Singapore. October 30, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Data for Diplomacy & Crises. Digital Diplomacy Coalition + Social Good Forum. Washington, DC. October 25, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Mapping the Geography of American Television News. Internet Archive Annual Gala. San Francisco, CA. October 24, 2013. (INVITED). (Presented by Roger Macdonald).
  • Understanding our World and Digital Diplomacy Through Big Data. Georgetown Leadership Seminar. October 23, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Reporting Rape in Congo: A Unique or Paradigmatic Case? UNSCR 1325 Research Working Group Meeting, London. (With Summer Lindsey and Monica Toft). October 21-22, 2013.
  • Gaza Goes Viral: An Analysis of Influence. (Technical Adviser / GNIP Lead). Conflict in a Connected World. Google Ideas, Council on Foreign Relations and the Gen Next Foundation. New York City. October 20-22, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Understanding our World and Digital Diplomacy Through Big Data. Canadian Foreign Ministry Innovation Week. Canadian Foreign Ministry. Ottawa, Canada. October 7, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Computational Content Analysis. Georgetown Quantitative Models Working Group. October 9, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Understanding our World Through Big Data. John Deere Big Data Summit. October 2, 2013. (INVITED).
  • GDELT: Global Data on Events, Language, and Tone. Pennsylvania State University GDELT Hackathon. September 27, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Participant in A Secure and Free Internet. United Nations General Assembly. September 23, 2013. New York City. (INVITED).
  • GDELT: Real-Time Automated Global Behavior and Beliefs Mapping, Modeling, and Forecasting Using Hundreds of Millions of Events. 2013 National Geospatial Agency Academic Research Program (NARP) Symposium and Workshops. National Academy of Sciences Keck Center. September 10, 2013. (INVITED).
  • An Open Source Perspective on Megacities. (Participant Remarks for Human Geography Megacities Roundtable). 2013 National Geospatial Agency Academic Research Program (NARP) Symposium and Workshops. National Academy of Sciences Keck Center. September 10, 2013. (INVITED).
  • GDELT: Real-Time Automated Global Behavior and Beliefs Mapping, Modeling, and Forecasting Using Hundreds of Millions of Events. Wolfram Big Data Summit. September 5-6, 2013. (OPENING RESEARCH PRESENTATION / INVITED).
  • Using "Big Data" To Understand the World Around Us: Towards Realtime Modeling, Monitoring, and Forecasting Global Society. Lipari School on Computational Social Science, Jacob T. Schwartz International School for Scientific Research. July 20-27, 2013. (INVITED).
  • How Can Forecasting of Risks of Mass Atrocities be Improved - Big Data Approaches. Workshop on Early Warning about Mass Atrocities Against Civilians, US Agency for International Development (USAID). July 11, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Pioneers in Mining Electronic News for Research. Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Newberry Library. June 27, 2013. (OPENING KEYNOTE / INVITED).
  • GDELT. DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Economic Science Workshop. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). June 17, 2013.
  • The Sphere of Influence: Visualizing Spatio-Temporal Communication Networks of Declassified Global Diplomatic Cable Traffic. Columbia University: The Declassification Engine Conference. May 10, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Mapping the Global Twitter Heartbeat: The Geography of Twitter. Leetaru, Kalev; Wang, Shaowen; Cao, Guofeng; Padmanabhan, Anand; Shook, Eric. (2013). May 6, 2013.
  • Massive Media Event Data Analysis to Assess World-Wide Political Conflict and Instability. Gao, Jianbo; Leetaru, Kalev; Hu, Jing; Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio; Schrodt, Philip. In Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction (pp. 284-292). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference, SBP 2013, Washington, DC, USA, April 2-5, 2013.
  • Mapping, Modeling, Monitoring, Early Warning, and Forecasting of Global Conflict. Stanford University / US Institute of Peace: Blogs & Bullets Workshop on Syria. April 17, 2013. (INVITED).
  • GDELT: Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone, 1979-2012. Leetaru, Kalev and Schrodt, Philip. (2013). International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, April 2013. See the main GDELT website.
  • Using "Big Data" To Understand the World Around Us: Towards Realtime Modeling, Monitoring, and Forecasting Global Society Through Information Production and Consumption. University of Texas at Austin iSchool Research Colloquium. March 4, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Using "Big Data" To Understand the World Around Us: Towards Realtime Modeling, Monitoring, and Forecasting Global Society Through Information Production and Consumption. University of Maryland iSchool Research Colloquium. February 28, 2013. (INVITED).
  • Burton, Orville Vernon. The South as "Other," the Southerner as "Stranger". The Journal of Southern History. (February 2013). Vol. LXXiX, No. 1. (I performed the technical analysis mapping the geography of the Civil War discourse across the full 1800-1923 HaithTrust archive of nearly 1 billion pages of digitized books).
  • The Global Twitter Heartbeat: Visualizing our Global Dreams and Fears In Realtime Through Twitter. University Webmasters Series. University of Illinois. January 30, 2013. (INVITED).

2012

2011

  • Culturomics 2.0 and the Petascale Humanities. Leetaru, Kalev. (December 3, 2011). Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Annual Conference. Ann Arbor, Michigan. December 1-3, 2011.
  • Supporting Humanities Research on XSEDE. Cai, Dora; Leetaru, Kalev; Sinkovits, Robert. (December 3, 2011). Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Annual Conference. Ann Arbor, Michigan. December 1-3, 2011.
  • Culturomics 2.0: Forecasting The Future Through Global Media. (November 9, 2011). IAB Poland (Internet Poland Conference & Expo). Warsaw, Poland. November 8-9, 2011 (Invited / Keynote).
  • Culturomics 2.0: Petascale Humanities Computing. (October 25, 2011). National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). (Invited / Keynote).
  • Culturomics 2.0: Forecasting Large-Scale Human Behavior Using Global News Media Tone in Time and Space. Leetaru, Kalev. (September 2011). First Monday. (See discussion in Nature and media coverage in over 100 countries.)
  • Data Mining Methods for the Content Analyst: An Introduction to the Computational Analysis of Informational Content. Leetaru, Kalev. (December 2011). Routledge.
  • Assessment of Public Attitudes Towards the Terminology of CCS. Leetaru, Kalev & Leetaru, Hannes. (September 2011). American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Eastern Section Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. September 25-27, 2011.
  • News Preservation & Access. Simon, James; Geiger, Brian; Leetaru, Kalev. (July 13, 2011). Center for Research Libraries Global Resources Network.
  • Assessment of Public Attitudes Towards the Terminology of CCS. Leetaru, Kalev & Leetaru, Hannes. (May 2011). Tenth Annual Conference on Carbon Capture & Sequestration.
  • Preserving News in the Digital Environment: Mapping the Newspaper Industry in Transition. Alverson, Jessica; Leetaru, Kalev; McCargar Victoria; Ondracek, Kayla; Simon, James; Reilly, Bernard. (April 27, 2011). Center for Research Libraries on behalf of the Library of Congress.
  • Assessment of Public Attitudes Towards the Terminology of CCS. Leetaru, Kalev & Leetaru, Hannes. (May 2011). Tenth Annual Conference on Carbon Capture & Sequestration. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. May 2-5, 2011.
  • Do "We" Have a Stake in This War? A Worldwide Test of the In-Group Out-Group Hypothesis Using Open-Source Intelligence. Althaus, Scott & Leetaru, Kalev. (March 2011). International Studies Association Annual Convention 2011: Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition. Montreal, Canada. March 16-19, 2011.
  • Event Data, Civil Unrest and the Social, Political and Economic Event Database (SPEED) Project: Post World War II Trends in Political Protests and Violence. Nardulli, Peter; Leetaru, Kalev; Hayes, Matthew. (March 2011). International Studies Association Annual Convention 2011: Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition. Montreal, Canada. March 16-19, 2011.
  • Climate Change, Societal Stability and the SID Project. Nardulli, Peter & Leetaru, Kalev. (Expected 2011). In Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict - Challenges to Social Stability. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, Vol. VIII. Editors: Jurgen Scheffran, Michael Brzoska, Hans Gunter Brauch, Peter Michael Link, Janpeter Schilling. Springer.

2010

  • Global News Analysis: Understanding our World Through News. Leetaru, Kalev. (November 2010). Library of Congress. Washington, DC. November 3-4, 2010. (Invited).
  • Guidelines for Community Engagement in Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transport, and Storage Projects. (Contributor). Editors: Forbes, Sarah; Almendra, Francisco; Ziegler, Micah. (November 2010). World Resources Institute. Washington, DC.
  • Social Intelligence: The CIA Approach to Corporate Intelligence. Leetaru, Kalev. (August 2010). Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) Annual Conference. Urbana, Illinois. August 10-12, 2010.
  • The Soundbite University: 60 Years of University News Coverage. Leetaru, Kalev & Magelli, Paul. (2010). The American Council on Education's The Presidency.
  • A New Look at the Institutional Impact on Women in Postsecondary Engineering Education 1966-2007. Leetaru, Kalev. (2010). Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. Vol. 16, Issue 2. pp. 177-192.
  • How Your Company Can Benefit From Social Media. Leetaru, Kalev. (July 21, 2010). University of Illinois Research Park.
  • Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Civil Unrest: A Quasi-experiment and Beyond. Nardulli, Peter & Leetaru, Kalev. (June 2010). Climate Change and Security: the 250th Anniversary Conference of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS). Trondheim, Norway, June 21-24, 2010. (Invited).
  • On the Interpretability of Law: Lessons from the Decoding of National Constitutions. Melton, James; Zachary Elkins; Ginsburg, Tom; Leetaru, Kalev. (March 2010). Measuring the Rule of Law Conference. University of Texas at Austin. March 26-27, 2010.
  • The Scope of FBIS and BBC Open Source Media Coverage, 1979-2008. Leetaru, Kalev. (Unclassified). (March 2010). CIA Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 54, No. 1. Pp. 51-71.

2009

  • New media vs. old media: A portrait of the Drudge Report 2002-2008. Leetaru, Kalev. (July 6, 2009). First Monday. Vol. 14, Issue 7. (Issue Headlining Article).
  • Como Sera el Mundo del Libro en el 2010? Seis expertos predicen el futuro. (What will the world of the library look like in 2020? Six experts predict the future). Interview with Kalev Leetaru by Alvaro Colomer. (2009). Que Leer. pp. 38-45.
  • Open Sources and Foreign Media Analysis: Translation at a Global Scale. Leetaru, Kalev. (2009). Center for Translation Studies. December 1, 2009.
  • The SPEED Project, Automated Event Mining, and Conflict Early Warning. Leetaru, Kalev. (2009). First International Crisis Mapping Conference (ICCM2009). John Carrol University: Cleaveland, Ohio, October 16-18, 2009. (Invited).
  • Manual Crisis Mapping (MCM) & Automated Crisis Mapping (ACM): Hand-Coding, Participatory Mapping and Natural Language Processing. Leetaru, Kalev. (2009). First International Crisis Mapping Conference (ICCM2009). John Carrol University: Cleaveland, Ohio, October 16-18, 2009. (Invited).
  • Automated Event Mining: Approaches and Practices. Leetaru, Kalev. (2009). First International Crisis Mapping Conference (ICCM2009). John Carrol University: Cleaveland, Ohio, October 16-18, 2009. (Invited).
  • Invited Discussant: Crisis Event Monitoring. Leetaru, Kalev. (May 2009). Soul of the New Machine: Human Rights, Technology & New Media. UC Berkeley, May 4-5, 2009. (Invited).
  • Airbrushing History, American Style: The Mutability of Government Documents in the Digital Era. Leetaru, Kalev & Althaus, Scott. (January/February 2009). D-Lib. Vol 15, Issue 1/2.
  • Digital Media Management and Large-Scale Digitization and Digital Access: Information management lessons from the UIPhotos project, a collection of more than 80,000 images of the UIUC campus. Leetaru, Kalev. (2009). College of Business Office for Information Management (OIM) Brown Bag Seminar Series. University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. October 26, 2009.
  • Collaborative Research In A "Big Data" World: Harnessing Advanced Collaborative Technology For Large-Scale Research. Leetaru, Kalev. (2009). College of Business Office for Information Management (OIM) Brown Bag Seminar Series. University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. October 8, 2009.

2008

2007

  • News Archives, Advanced Information Technologies and Human Rights: An Event Analysis for the Post WW-II Era. Nardulli, Peter & Leetaru, Kalev. (2007). Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research Conference. Columbia University, New York, New York, October 4-6, 2007. (Invited).
  • I-CHASS and RiverWeb: Technology and Outreach. Leetaru, Kalev & Onderdonk, James. (2007). Great Ideas Sessions Outreach Scholarship Conference 2007. Madison, Wisconsin. October 7-9, 2007.
  • Invited Discussant. Nardulli, Peter & Leetaru, Kalev. (2007). United States Director of National Intelligence Open Source Intelligence Conference. Washington, DC. (Invited).

2006

2005

  • ShadowLight: A Flexible Environment for Multipurpose Design and Evaluation. Leetaru, Kalev. (2005). IS&T / SPIE International Symposium on Electronic Imaging Science and Technology. San Jose, California. January 16-20, 2005.
  • Empowering the Entrepreneur: Bringing the Power of Information Technology and the Web to the Entrepreneur. Craig, Alan & Leetaru, Kalev. (2005). Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Kansas City, Missouri. May 10, 2005.
  • Facilitating the Study of Prescriptive Language Behavior Through Automatic Database Building and Data Extraction. Kibbee, Douglas; Craig, Alan; Leetaru, Kalev. (2005). 10th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences. Urbana, Illinois. September 1, 2005.

2004