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  • Updated Cline Center Historical Phoenix Event Data: v.1.3.0

    Cline Center faculty and staff are very pleased to announce the publication of new Historical Phoenix Event Data extracted from the Wall Street Journal (1945-2005). These data were generated using state-of-the-art PETRARCH-2 software to transform news articles into event records that document the participants, locations, and issues at stake in political conflict and cooperation processes.

    The new data includes a new “civil conflict” indicator generated by a machine learning algorithm that predicts whether an article is relevant to civil unrest and conflict. This release also includes article level metadata for the Wall Street Journal corpus.  

    A team of faculty, staff, student employees, and interns produced this dataset with the generous support of Faculty Affiliate Prof. Dov Cohen of the University of Illinois Psychology Department and with help from our partners at the Open Event Data Alliance (OEDA), including scholars at UT Dallas EPPS, Parus Analytics, and MIT.

    The data and documentation are available at the Illinois Data Bank: https://databank.illinois.edu/datasets/IDB-2796521

    To learn more about the Cline Center’s event data projects, please visit: https://clinecenter.illinois.edu/projects/research-themes/conflict-processes

  • 2020 Schroeder Fellows

    The Cline Center is pleased to announce that Political Science doctoral students HyunJoo Cho, Tolgahan Dilgin, and Kristin Bail will be joining us as 2020 Schroeder Fellows this summer.

    HyunJoo will be using the Cline Center’s Global News Index and Historical Phoenix Event data to extract news sources for analysis to explore whether political leaders treat territorial issues systematically differently from non-territorial issues in order to increase political legitimacy and popular support.

    Tolgahan will be using the Cline Center’s Global News Index and SPEED Civil Unrest Data to determine whether political parties tend to target strongholds for pre-election violence with the goal of maximizing their chances for winning elections.

    Kristin will be using the Cline Center’s Global News Index and SPEED Civil Unrest Data to broadly investigate which features of a country’s political environment shape what people know about politics and what factors most affect the contours of international news flows.

    For more info about the Schroeder Graduate Fellows program, please visit: http://www.clinecenter.illinois.edu/about/groups/schroeder/

  • Cline Center partners with Global Registry of Violent Deaths (GReVD)

    We are excited to announce the launch of the Global Registry of Violent Deaths (GReVD) website. The site is a public-facing portal for a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary consortium working to accurately measure the scale of lethal violence worldwide. We hope that the data and tools provided by GReVD will enable citizen-scientists and governments to annually benchmark progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of promoting peace and justice by significantly reducing “all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.” To learn more visit www.grevd.com

  • 2020 Linowes Lecture Canceled

    Regretfully, we must cancel the 2020 Linowes Lecture. Given the risks posed by the novel coronavirus, units across the University of Illinois system are canceling public events, and the Cline Center is no exception.

    We plan to return to our usual schedule of public events once the public health emergency has abated.

    You can learn more about the Linowes Lectures and watch past events on our website: https://clinecenter.illinois.edu/news-and-events/events/linowes-lectures

  • Thanking Lori Montana for her Support

    We would like to thank Lori Montana (BA ’79) for her support of the Cline Center.  Her generosity helped to fund the initial development of Archer, software that enables researchers to easily search the Center’s Global News Index.  Previously, the Index was accessible to only a handful of Cline Center Affiliates with significant programming skills. 

    The prototype Archer system makes it easier to produce data for research applications, and to communicate insights for difference-makers in the scientific, business, non-profit and public sectors derived from more than 150 million news stories indexed by the Cline Center. 

    To learn more about more about Lori’s gift and the work it supported, see this press release from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS): https://las.illinois.edu/news/2019-12-11/transforming-data-knowledge

    If you are interested in supporting the Cline Center, please visit: https://clinecenter.illinois.edu/donate.

     

  • Updated Historical Phoenix Event Data Available

    Cline Center faculty and staff are very pleased to announce the publication of updated Historical Phoenix Event Data. These were generated using state-of-the-art PETRARCH-2 software to process news articles into event data that document the participants, locations, and issues at stake in political conflict and cooperation processes.

    This release extends the data extracted from the BBC Summary of World Broadcasts (SWB) into 2019. It also adds a “civil conflict” indicator variable for the SWB-based data generated by a machine learning-based classifier that predicts whether an article is relevant to civil unrest and conflict.

    The December 2019 release also includes previously-released events generated from the New York Times (1945-2018), and the CIA’s Foreign Broadcast Information Service (1995-2004). The Times-based data has been revised to correct some erroneous dates. In addition to event data, we provide document-level metadata for the SWB corpus and the most recent version of the New York Times-based data (1980-2018).

    A Cline Center team of faculty, staff, student employees, and interns produced this dataset with the generous support of Faculty Affiliate Prof. Dov Cohen of the University of Illinois Psychology Department and with help from our partners at the Open Event Data Alliance (OEDA), including scholars at UT Dallas EPPS, Parus Analytics, and MIT.

    The data and documentation are available at the Illinois Data Bank: https://doi.org/10.13012/B2IDB-0647142_V2

    To learn more about the Cline Center’s event data projects, please visit: https://clinecenter.illinois.edu/projects/research-themes/conflict-processes

  • Announcing 2019 Schroeder Summer Fellows

    The Cline Center is pleased to announce that University of Illinois Department of Political Science doctoral students Rebeca Joan Agosto Rosa and Sarah Leffingwell will be joining us as 2019 Schroeder Fellows this summer.

    Rebeca plans to use the Cline Center’s Global News Archive to analyze media portrayals of immigrants in the U.S. Her goal is to better understand the use of stereotypical and counter-stereotypical depictions and their impact on immigration-related attitudes.

    Sarah’s project will focus on identifying mechanisms through which new democracies use international treaties to increase their level of domestic support. She plans to use the Global News Archive to discover how news media is used to broadcast a government's participation in treaty regimes, and how those broadcasts affect what individuals think about their government's performance.

    For more info about the Schroeder Graduate Fellows program, please visit: http://www.clinecenter.illinois.edu/about/groups/schroeder/

  • Cline Center Awarded Grant

    We are very happy to announce that the Cline Center received a grant award from the University of Illinois Social and Behavioral Sciences Initiative. It will support work on a comprehensive national database of police uses of lethal force and their social consequences.

    The co-principal investigators are our Director, Professor Scott Althaus and Cline Center Affiliates Professors Jennifer Robbennolt of the College of Law and Prof. Andrea Miller of the Psychology Department.

    To learn more about the project and SBSRI, see: https://research.illinois.edu/SBSRI

    The Cline Center launched this collaboration through the 2017 Boeschenstein Seminar on Public Policy, where we hosted academic and law enforcement experts and community stakeholders from around the country. Attendees reached a consensus on the necessity and design principles of a system for monitoring the occurrence and aftermath of police uses of force using the Cline Center Global News Archive and text analytic technologies. 

  • Prof. Althaus, with the Help of Students, Expand our Understanding of Mass Communication

    Scott Althaus, director of The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research and professor of political science and communication, recently produce a research paper that reexamines the historical significance of newsreels. With the help of students from a junior honors seminar political science course, they were able to show that newsreels played an important role in the progression of the news industry. Their study is being published in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, a leading specialty journal in the field of mass communication research. To learn more about their findings please use the following link: http://www.las.illinois.edu/news/article/?id=24874&/news//news/2018/newsreels18/

  • Announcing 2018-2019 Linowes Fellows

    The Cline Center is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 David F. Linowes Faculty Fellows: Assistant Professors Jana Diesner (School of Information Sciences) and Chadly Stern (Psychology).  Linowes Fellowship awards, recognize, and support scholars whose work is relevant to Cline Center initiatives and who plan to use Cline Center data and technology in innovative projects.  

    Prof. Diesner’s project aims to use text-mining technologies to enable better disaster response practices by analyzing media coverage related to hurricanes. She will ask whether the gender of the storm’s name and the location of active media outlets are correlated with the extent and content of risk, preparedness, uncertainty-related rhetoric.

    Prof. Stern’s project aims to enhance our ability to understand and address political violence. He will use survey data and Cline Center-generated event data to examine whether the degree of consensus among citizens on political issues and values predicts the level of societal stability or conflict.

    These projects reflect the values, goals and standards set by David F. Linowes during his long and distinguished service to the University of Illinois and the American people. He served as a US Army officer during WWII, as the Boeschenstein Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at UIUC, and in senior roles on a number of presidential commissions on topics ranging from privacy to stewardship of natural resources.   

    Generous gifts from Professor Linowes and his family enable the Cline Center to support these Faculty Fellows as well as the annual Linowes Lecture on Public Policy. These programs demonstrate Professor Linowes’ and the Cline Center’s shared commitment to applying cutting-edge academic knowledge to today’s most challenging policy issues and pressing societal problems.