We present a system for the visual analysis of terrorist activity based on the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), developed by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) This dataset is based on records obtained from Pinkerton Global Intelligence Services and from START's own analysis of news stories and government reports. It contains information on over 6... read more5,000 incidents taking place from 1970 to 1997, and will be updated over the next year to include incidents up to 2007. The goal of the GTD project is to make data on terrorism opensource and available to outside researchers. However, given the size and complexity of the data, this openness is of limited use without tools for accessing and understanding the information within. To assist in this urgent effort, we have developed an interconnected visual analysis system to provide meaningful views on the data and support the investigative process. Our goal is to allow investigators to take a global, strategic view of patterns in terrorist activity. Ultimately, users must be able to form hypotheses through exploration, investigate the likelihood of those hypotheses in the larger context of global behavior, and make actionable projections of future behavior based on this information.read less
Ziemkiewicz, Caroline, Xiaoyu Wang, Alex Godwin, Wenwen Dou, Remco Chang, Robert Kosara, and William Ribarsky. "Global Terrorism Visualization." Poster presented at DHS University Network Summit, Washington, DC, March 19-21, 2008.