Fighting Blind - Orb Media
Inside a busy roadside restaurant in the Central Java town of Solo in Indonesia, Joko Tri Harmanto scooped strips of breaded tempeh from oil sizzling in a blackened wok early on a recent Saturday morning. Next to him, a friend poured cups of steaming broth over bowls of rice to make a soup called sotos.
Fighting Blind Data - Orb Media
There is no universally agreed upon definition of terrorism. While a few broad elements of what defines a terrorist act (such as the intentional use of violence) are widely agreed upon, many other elements (such as whether the victims of terrorism must be noncombatants or non-governmental, or whether terrorism requires a political motive) are in open debate.
Examples of some of the graphics
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Each story at Orb can be viewed in editorial mode, for a general audience, and in a data mode for an audience of experts. I designed illustrations and graphics for the feature stories Generation Activist and Fighting Blind, and I also designed the charts for the data reports. I also created the social media 'snackables' for both projects.
The data used in this Orb Media counterterrorism story are drawn from five primary sources.
- Data Source 1: START Global Terrorism Database. This is an in-depth, detailed database on the nature and counts of terrorism events globally since the early 1970s.
- This dataset is used to calculate the count of terrorist acts, the count of deaths from terrorism, and the number of countries with terrorist events within their borders.
- We are using five-year averages for most counts and percent changes. Data from individual years is also available as needed.
- This data covers almost all countries.
- This dataset is used to assess the population’s attitudes toward the moral acceptability for groups to use violence targeting civilians.
- The data includes respondents from 64 countries over the years 2005 - 2012 (not all countries for all years). The complete country list for respondents to this poll can be found here.
- This dataset includes 259,782 responses.
- This dataset is being used to assess the level of concern a population has about the threat of terrorism toward their country.
- The data includes respondents from 55 countries over the years 2002 - 2016 (not all countries for all years). The complete country list for respondents to this poll can be found here.
- This dataset includes 451,324 responses.
- This dataset is used to assess the level of concern a population has about the threat of terrorism toward their country.
- The data includes respondents from 55 countries over the years 2005 - 2017 (not all countries for all years). The complete country list for respondents to this poll can be found here.
- This dataset includes 224,047 responses.
- This survey collected 23,674 responses through a combination of randomly selected and representative respondents and convenience samples of respondents.
- This data was collected on a global scale and includes the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
All of the data has been weighted using rake weighting and post-stratification weights based on the most recent population-level data available to us. Bayesian hierarchical modeling and mixed-effects semi-parametric modeling were used to calculate changes and trends. The analysis was done using the R package for statistical programming version 3.5.1
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Sketch before drilling down to country-level data: