New 'Global Power Barometer'
The Global Power Barometer, a tool that measures and displays the success of nations, ideologies and movements at influencing world events, is now live on PostGlobal, washingtonpost.com and Newsweek's panel blog on international issues.
Developed and updated by Denver Research Group, Inc. (DRGI) based on documents collected from thousands of media, academic, government and other sources around the world, the Global Power Barometer offers a non-partisan indication of which countries and ideologies are successfully achieving their goals on a given day and over the past two to three months.
"We need new tools to help us make sense of the world around us. With our partners at Denver Research Group, we have created an intelligent information aggregator that analyses global trends," said David Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist who, with Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria, is co-moderator of PostGlobal. "The Global Power Barometer offers a clear daily snapshot of what the world is saying and thinking. We can ask questions like who is becoming the dominant power in the Middle East, and the GPB will help us determine the answer."
The Power Barometer is produced by DRGI using trend analysis systems developed by the firm to collect relevant documents from around the world and analyse them in order to answer the question, "Which nations, ideologies and/or movements are most powerful (most successful) in moving global opinion and events in directions they desire?"
Users can see the results of the analysis on an interactive chart which allows them to drill down to a sample of the source documents that contributed to each day's results. They can also read a brief summary of the day's results, and read what DRGI believes are emerging issues and trends in global power.
DRGI, which produces the Global Power Barometer independently for PostGlobal, is a consulting firm that specializes in monitoring, trend projection, strategic planning, and other services to Fortune 200 firms and other public and private clients.
PostGlobal is an online discussion of international issues among dozens of the world's best-known editors and writers.
-- Hal Straus, washingtonpost.com Opinions and Community Editor
By Hal Straus |
November 28, 2006; 7:37 AM ET
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