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Building and using datasets on armed conflicts; proceedings.

9781586038472

Building and using datasets on armed conflicts; proceedings.

NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Indicators and Databases for Risk Prevention (2007: Grenoble, France) Ed. by Mayeul Kauffman.

IOS Press

2008

189 pages

$161.00

Hardcover

NATO science for peace and security series; E, Human and societal dynamics; v.36

QA76.9

Kauffman (Ecole de la paix, France) presents 11 papers that explore the problem of collecting and operationalizing data that will allow for robust theory-building and theory-testing for understanding armed conflict. Opening contributions discuss the purpose of data collection by exploring the scientific requirements of data creation, the use of data diversity to test the robustness of theory, and the history of the creation and use of datasets by a French non-governmental organization that seeks to influence French government policy. Others discuss issues concerning concept definition and data building, including varied definitions of armed conflict, the definitional problems in building a database on hostage-barricade terrorism and abductions, and the influence of temporal considerations in finding definitional clarity in the development of conflict prevention indicators. A final set of papers discuss the mutually reinforcing relationship between openness and reliability in the data building process, the process of merging data sets, the methodology and rationale behind the ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Event Data) Data Project, and the transformation of data sets into intelligible graphics.

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Title Annotation:NATO science for peace and security series: Human and societal dynamics, vol. 36
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Date:Jun 1, 2009
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