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2015 DATA+ EDITORS' CHOICE AWARDS: The GDELT Project

GDELT uses numerous open-source and cloud technologies, including the Google Compute EngineGoogle Cloud Storage,Google Translate and Google BigQuery.

Leetaru says people can query the database to, for example, see if there's evidence of cycles in society that could be used as forecasts of stability.

Noel Dickover, director of PeaceTech Data Networks atPeaceTech Lab, a nonprofit tied to the Institute of Peace, hopes to use GDELT data to help reduce conflict by helping people understand what influences conflicts.

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