Comparing GDELT and ICEWS Event Data

M.D. Ward; A. Beger; J. Cutler; M. Dickenson; C. Dorff; B. Radford
Report , 2013

GDELT and ICEWS are arguably the largest event data collections in social science at the moment. During their brief existence they have also been among the most influential data sets in terms of their impact on academic research and policy advice. Yet, we know little to date about how these two repositories of event data compare to each other. Given the nascent existence of both GDELT and ICEWS event data, it is interesting to compare these two repositories of event data. We undertake such a comparison for fighting in Syria, and for protest behavior in Egypt and Turkey, from 2011 to the present. You can view the visualizations here.