Image: Cluster map displaying the ACLED data available for Libya between January 2014 and January 2015.
ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project) is a comprehensive publicly available collection of political violence event data. They have information on over fifty developing countries, primarily in Africa. Their data is designed for disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping.
The dataset contains information on specific dates and locations of political violence, the type of event, the groups involved, fatalities and changes in territorial control. They have data for a number of countries dating back to 1997.
The event data available for many of the countries is updated on a weekly basis. As of early 2015, ACLED has recorded over 90,000 individual events. They also produce a number of interesting reports and visualisations.
If you missed the first blog post in this series, you can still read it here.