Korean Diplomacy Data Hub


Kadir Jun Ayhan


We will establish a systematic and robust data hub and related software on Korean diplomacy to be utilized by researchers in Korean Studies, and across relevant social sciences. Previous research on Korean diplomacy has tended to emphasize historical archives, and qualitative or anecdotal data. Korean Diplomacy Data Hub will add to the variety and the thickness of the available empirical foundations for research. Furthermore, our software (GPT-4-based AI models, R and Python packages) will make abstract summarization, text generation, tailored question-answering systems, and synthetic data generation and hypothesis testing possible.

Our publications will be inter- and multi-disciplinary in terms of production and readership. This will allow for traction outside of Korean Studies and across multiple disciplines and subfields (e.g., international relations, diplomatic studies, political science, and others).

The project will help bridge the current gaps in informational access between scholars who are able to read Korean and those who rely on English-language sources. Our multilingual search interface will allow users to search for information in their preferred language in our data hub.

Project Objectives

Production and publicization: The compilation, categorization, and publicization of the Korean diplomacy data on a [public repository] (https://github.com/kjayhan/kdiplo) and a dedicated website).

Software: The creation of AI-based models, R and Python packages to make the utilization of data collection, computation, analysis, visualization, data generation and query smooth and easy.

Application and publications: co-authored monographs and articles that utilize this data.

Expansion and consolidation: using international conferences, panels and workshops as springboards to expand, diversify, and strengthen networks of researchers interested in Korean diplomacy.

Potential Benefits

Temporal benefits: Foundational data for scholars that will have utility and traction for current and future generations of researchers and practitioners.

Cross-disciplinary benefits: Multi and inter-disciplinary approaches increase likelihood of substantive innovation, and dissemination of information and outputs.

Korean Studies benefits: We will contribute to the systematization of data on Korean diplomacy, and Korea’s relations with the world; that is, a realization of the call to globalize Korean Studies itself.

Public diplomacy benefits: We will facilitate knowledge mobilization by making our findings available to the public which will increase global interest in Korean diplomacy.

We are searching for funding (and potential hosts) for this project.

We will begin working on this project when we secure funding, and will make Korean Diplomacy Data Hub public step by step in the coming months.