Over the next four days, I’ll be posting a blog mini-series highlighting interesting resources in relation to terrorism and conflict data as well as a couple of other data resources we’ve found useful for high risk regions.

First up, is the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). GTD is an open-source database. The database has information on over 125,000 terrorist attacks around the world including more than 58,000 bombings, 15,000 assassinations and 6,000 kidnappings dating back to 1970.

The event data includes the date, location, weapons used, target, casualties and group or individual responsible. The incident data is based on various credible media sources and runs up to 2013 with annual data updates planned in future.

You can search through the data by date, country, region, perpetrator, weapon type, attack type and target type. The information is then presented in interactive charts and as tabular data. Below, you can see the chart for all incidents involving explosives devices recorded between 1970 and 2013 globally. The GTD is a great tool to explore trends over time in relation to incidents of terrorism.

Incidents involving explosive devices

Image: Example of an interactive chart available on the GTD.

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) makes the data available online via the GTD interactive website. START is headed by Gary LaFree, a leading criminologist and a fantastic public speaker!

You can request to download the whole dataset or you can export up to 1,000 rows at a time from the tabular data section once you have completed a search.  You can access the GTD Terms and Conditions here.