Kalev Leetaru on how news stories create unlikely communities

GDELT Project founder Kalev Leetaru reflects on the power of macroscopes to pinpoint key connections that might otherwise be lost amidst a glut of information. His Mapping Global News (2015) uses news stories from around the world to demonstrate how shared problems, mutual interests, and common goals can be as important as geographical proximity in the creation of global communities.

XI.3 Mapping Global News

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.