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Title: Building a Global Terrorism Database
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Dr. Gary LaFree ; Dr. Laura Dugan ; Heather V. Fogg ; Jeffrey Scott
Date Published: 04/2006
Page Count: 208
  Annotation: This is a report on a project that coded and verified a previously unavailable dataset of 67,165 terrorist events that occurred throughout the world from 1970 to 1997.
Abstract: The core of the report is a description of the variables contained in the database; no research questions were addressed in the project. The database was originally compiled by the PGIS Corporation's Global Intelligence Service. The dataset covers incidents by year, terrorist groups, type of attack, country, incident date, success, the region, target type, number of perpetrators, weapons used, number of fatalities, number of U.S. fatalities, number of wounded, number of U.S. residents wounded, kidnappings, and nationality. This report also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the completed database. Strengths include its broad definition of terrorism and its longitudinal scope. Weaknesses of the database are potential media bias and misinformation, lack of information beyond incident-specific details alone, and missing data from lost cards. The current project sought to enter the original PGIS data reliably, using a number of data-entry quality control strategies throughout the data entry phase. It also plans to continue to assess the validity of the PGIS data by comparing it to other sources, by internally checking records, and by continuously examining the database. This is an ongoing project that will be furthered by new projects being planned with RAND and the Monterrey Institute. 66 references and 8 appendixes with supplementary and detailed information
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Revolutionary or terrorist groups ; Data integrity ; Data collection ; Terrorist tactics ; International terrorism ; Domestic terrorism ; Victims of terrorism ; Terrorist kidnapping ; Terrorist weapons ; Databases ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2002-DT-CX-0001
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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