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Latest News

Latest News

<p>The <a href="">New York Times</a>&nbsp;features an op-ed piece by Tom Ginsburg, co-director of the <a title="Comparative Constitution Project | Cline Center for Democracy" href="">Comparative Constitutions Project</a>, on why the Magna Carta wasn't such a big deal after all. Please see <a title="Stop Revering Magna Carta | Tom Ginsburg" href="">link</a>.</p>
<p>If you missed the Linowes Lecture last week please note that a video of Prof. Philip Tetlock's (University of Pennsylvania) speech, entitled "The Power of Forecasting Tournaments to Answer Previously Unanswerable Questions: How Good is Political Judgment?", has been posted to our website. To view the video please use&nbsp;the following&nbsp;(<a title="2015 Linowes Lecture" href="">link</a>).</p>
<p>Professor Wendy Cho, a Cline Center for Democracy faculty affiliate, has been awarded a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work in harnessing the power of information, through the use of statistical and mathematical models, to guide computing technology toward intelligent information extraction. (<a title="Link to press release" href="">link</a>)</p>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: justify;">If you missed the&nbsp;</span><a href=""><em style="text-align: justify;">2015 Spring Cline Symposium</em></a><em style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</em>please note that a&nbsp;video of Prof. Suzanne Mettler's (Cornell University) speech, entitled <strong>How the Politics of Higher Education is Undermining the American Dream, </strong>has been posted to our website.&nbsp; To view the video&nbsp;please use the following link (<a href="">link</a>).</p>
<p>A new site for the Constitute project has been launched today. In particular, an Arabic version of Constitute has been launched (in partnership with International IDEA) which will allow the process of constitutional drafting and analysis to be more accessible across the Arab world by providing Arabic translations of some of the world&rsquo;s most-cited constitutions.</p> <p>In addition to these Arabic translations, powerful new features have been added to the website which will allow users to compare two constitutions side-by-side allowing a provision by provision comparison in a clean and easy-to-read layout. To see the new changes, visit the new <a href="">Constitute</a>&nbsp;website here (<a href="">link</a>).</p>
Recently Scott Althaus, a University of Illinois professor of political science and of communication, and director of the university’s Cline Center for Democracy, spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain to discuss Veterans Day. In particular, on Veterans Day Nov. 11, we honor veterans and their past service, but how much did we really know about their sacrifice when it was being made? When the casualties were coming on the battlefield? According to Scott Althaus, a study of war coverage over the last century shows we knew very little. To learn more about why this is the case, use the link above to read the interview.
<p>The Cline Center for Democracy welcomes Scott Althaus as its new Director. Professor Althaus has been serving as the center&rsquo;s Associate Director since 2011, and was selected by the College of Liberal Arts &amp; Sciences to lead the center following the recent retirement of Founding Director Peter Nardulli. Professor Nardulli will be continuing his involvement with the Cline Center as a member of the center&rsquo;s Research Faculty</p>
<p>Professor Scott Althaus, Associate Director of the Cline Center, has been awarded a <a href="">2014 NCSA Faculty Fellowship</a> for his proposal, &ldquo;<a href="">Building a Non-Consumptive Global News Observatory for Data Science Research</a>.&rdquo; This proposal is connected to the Cline Center's wider goal of becoming the leading text-mining center in the social sciences.</p>
<p>Religious and ethnic group population data from the "<a href="">The Composition of Religious and Ethnic Groups (CREG) Project</a>" is now available. (<a href="">Link</a>)</p>
<p>New event data from the&nbsp;<a href=""><strong>Social, Political and Economic Event Database Project (SPEED)</strong></a> is now available.&nbsp;This release of the data is different from previous versions in that event data for the United States is included. &nbsp;In addition, a new weighting variable has been added (<strong>ctry_bias</strong>) that should be used in making cross-country analysis in order to address the New York Times' country-bias.</p> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>To download the new event data please click (<a href="">here</a>). &nbsp;</li> <li>To learn more about how and why country-bias weights are constructed please click (<a href="">here</a>)</li> <li>To learn more about the SPEED project in general please click (<a href="">here</a>)</li> </ul>
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Cline Center's Mission

Cline Center Mission

Transforming information into knowledge that

advances human flourishing

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The Richard G. and Carole J. Cline Center for Democracy is dedicated to advancing human flourishing around the world by using extreme-scale analysis of global news coverage to extract structured insight out of unstructured information, equip researchers with new tools for transforming that insight into deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of social conflict, and empower decision makers to apply this understanding in ways that promote societal well-being around the world.


The Center’s mission encompasses several research activities, including monitoring civil unrest around the world; tracking the over-time development of economic, political, and social indicators for 165 countries; and developing new machine algorithms and analysis tools for studying the tens of millions of articles in the Cline Center’s global news archive. The Center’s mission also supports a wide range of teaching and public engagement activities, from fellowship programs for faculty and graduate students to undergraduate research opportunities and topical symposia for the University of Illinois campus.


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