Ever wondered how we measure the amount of terrorism? We talk to Jerry Smith from CHC Global, who explains how the Global Terrorism Database has been keeping track of terrorist events all around the world for 50 years.
This podcast covers the painstaking process of collecting structured information about terrorism and considers how you standardise the measurement of something so chaotic and destructive. It explores how the Global Terrorism Database goes about collecting information, categorising events and maintaining data quality to create one of our favourite datasets.
A few things we mentioned in this podcast:
- The Global Terrorism Database https://www.start.umd.edu/data-tools/global-terrorism-database-gtd
- CHC Global https://www.chcglobal.co.uk/
- Analysis of terrorist event frequency https://www.jstor.org/stable/27638538?seq=1
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