Human-in-the-loop Event Data Projects

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Human-in-the-loop Event Data Projects

Riot Police assault on the Opera House  by looking4poetry
Riot Police assault on the Opera House
by looking4poetry / CC BY

One of the main research initiatives at the Cline Center is the study of event data using human-in-the-loop methods to extract conflict events. The Cline Center has spent much of its time and resources on the extraction of civil unrest from unstructured data sources through the Social, Political, Economic Event Database (SPEED) Project.  SPEED is a technology-intensive effort to extract event data from a global archive of news reports covering the Post WWII era. This event data is generated by human analysts using a suite of sophisticated tools to implement carefully structured and pretested protocols. These protocols are category-specific electronic documents that are tailored to the information needs of a particular category of events (civil unrest, property rights, electoral processes, etc.). In generating these event data SPEED leverages tens of billions of dollars that have been invested in compiling news reports from throughout the world. Currently, two datasets have been produced through the SPEED Project: civil unrest event data and coup d'état event data.