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Cline Center Event Data

Protest in Cusco, Peru

Protest in Cusco, Peru by Eric Wienke / BY CC

One of the main research initiatives at the Cline Center is the study of event data. The Cline Center has spent much of its time and resources on the extraction of civil unrest from unstructured data sources through the Social, Political, Economic Event Database (SPEED) Project.  SPEED is a technology-intensive effort to extract event data from a global archive of news reports covering the Post WWII era. This event data is generated by human analysts using a suite of sophisticated tools to implement carefully structured and pretested protocols. These protocols are category-specific electronic documents that are tailored to the information needs of a particular category of events (civil unrest, property rights, electoral processes, etc.). In generating these event data SPEED leverages tens of billions of dollars that have been invested in compiling news reports from throughout the world. Currently, two datasets have been produced through the SPEED Project: civil unrest event data and coup d'état event data. Please use to the links below to gain access to these public data.

Another initiative at the Cline Center is to produce event data using automated machine processes. Leveraging state-of-the-art PETRARCH-2 software, the Cline Center produced Historical Phoenix Event Data. This event data covers the period 1945-2015 and includes several million events extracted from 14 million news stories from the New York Times (1945-2005), the BBC Monitoring's Summary of World Broadcasts (1979-2015) and the CIA's Foreign Broadcast Information Service (1995-2004). It documents the agents, locations, and issues at stake in a wide variety of conflict, cooperation and communicative events in the CAMEO ontology framework. The link below provides access to these event datasets, as well as meta-data for the news sources used to produce the events.