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24th August 2013, 08:59
My jaw certainly dropped by the end of this video!

"Penn State doctoral candidate John Beieler has created a time-lapse visualization of every protest on the planet since 1979, and its jaw dropping"



24th August 2013, 11:52
Looks like everybody's taking a stretch from a long sleep on the elite governments and their resource takeovers for oil corp.

I would say it looks like lights going off world wide, and it's gaining in strength. Human rights trump all facist intentions.

They gotta go people. All around the world, the corruption must end.

25th August 2013, 00:36

Posted by John Beieler Jul 31st, 2013 :

As Iíve mentioned before, the GDELT data covers from 1979 until present day, with continuous daily updates. Iím making use of a subset that runs through June of 2013. The same caveats of the data that I noted in the previous post about the protest map still apply.

When dealing with the time-series of data, however, one additional, and very important, point also applies. The number of events recorded in GDELT grows exponentially over time, as noted in the paper introducing the dataset. This means that over time there appears to be a steady increase in events, but this should not be mistaken as a rise in the actual amount of behavior X (protest behavior in this case). Instead, due to changes in reporting and the digital recording of news stories, it is simply the case that there are more events of every type over time.

In some preliminary work that is not yet publicly released, protest behavior seems to remain relatively constant over time as a percentage of the total number of events. This means that while there was an explosion of protest activity in the Middle East, and elsewhere, during the past few years, identifying visible patterns is a tricky endeavor due to the nature of the underlying data.
In order to reduce the data to a manageable size, only locations where 10 or more events occurred within a specific month are included. 10 events is an admittedly arbitrary cutoff, but given that the highest number of events for one location in a given month is 3,746 (Cairo in February of 2011) I feel that it is reasonable.

Read full post: johnbeieler.org/blog/2013/07/31/animated-protest-mapping (http://johnbeieler.org/blog/2013/07/31/animated-protest-mapping/)