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SBP 2014 Grand Challenge: explore GDELT, Global Database of Events, Language and Tone


Explore the Global Database of Events, Language and Tone (GDELT), covering 250M geo-referenced political news events since 1979, to do interesting tasks, such as show applications of spatial, temporal and network methodologies, find latent "influencers", validate and improve models for social phenomena, and more.



Grand Data Challenge of
SBP14: 2014 Int. Conf. on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction2014 International Conference on Social Computing,
Behavioral-Cultural Modeling,
& Prediction (SBP14)

Apr 2-4, 2014,
Washington, DC, USA
sbp-conference.org/

SBP is pleased to offer a challenge problem again in 2014, and we expect it to build on the successes of previous years' challenge problems. The theme of the SBP 2014 Challenge is how to better demonstrate the power and value of "big data" in the social sciences.

Challenge Overview

We invite participants to explore the

GDELT daily mapGlobal Database of Events, Language and Tone (GDELT), an expansive set containing a quarter-billion geo-referenced political news events covering the whole world since 1979, describing who did what to whom when and where, and use GDELT to

  • Demonstrate the applications of spatial, temporal and network methodologies and their interactions,
  • Identify the latent "influencers" of social movement and media-based political competition,
  • Experimentally validate and improve models for social phenomena,
  • Visualize social movements of different types on all levels at a glance,
  • Propose solutions to societal problems including health care and public safety using data- and model- based reasoning, and
  • To suggest new creative applications using the GDELT data.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: December 20, 2013 (23:59 PST)
  • Notification of Winners: January 17, 2014

Contacts: For more information, please contact


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