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