War, armed conflicts, data projects, quantitative conflict research, temporal and spatial disaggregation, political violence, terrorism
Sicherheit und Frieden 30: 1, 36-43
Abstract: Over the last years datasets like the Armed Conflict Location and Events Dataset (ACLED), the Event Data on Conflict and Security (EDACS), the Uppsala Conflict Data Program - Georeferencing and Event Dataset (UCDP-GED), or the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) have generated a new generation of data on armed conflicts and political violence. This disaggregated, event-level information enables fresh insights into the spatial and temporal dynamics of collective violence beyond the previously dominant aggregated state-year level of analysis. The aim of this article is to provide researchers and practitioners alike with an overview of the latest development in large-scale conflict data gathering and with some ideas how to assess the advantages/disadvantages and suitability of the particular datasets.