Tracking War in Gaza using Facebook

By Chris Albon

With the conflict continuing to rumble in the Gaza Strip between Palestinian forces and the Israeli military, there has been a significant demand for information on the crisis. Using CrisisNET’s firehose of crisis data, we are

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Chris Albon24 Jul 2014

Making large CrisisNET requests with Python

By Chris Albon

CrisisNET has hundreds of thousands of crisis-relevant data points ready to be pulled down by users. However, as with most APIs, an individual request is limited to 500 data points so as not to overload our system.

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Chris Albon18 Jul 2014

Interactive Iraq Conflict Map

By Jonathon Morgan

We recently posted static visualizations demonstrating the breadth and intensity of the crisis in Iraq. Today we're combining that work in an interactive map.

The map shows the relative level of violence as reported on social media

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Jonathon Morgan02 Jul 2014

Who Helps When Crisis Hits?

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By Jonathon Morgan

Hurricane season is upon us, and with it the promise of communities rocked by natural disasters. Perhaps a silver lining is that, no matter how bad it gets, good samaritans emerge from the chaos, eager to lend

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Tracking Syrian Barrel Bombs

tracking barrel bombs in Syria using Facebook

By Chris Albon

Barrel bombs are improved explosive devices comprised of metal containers (sometimes, but not always barrels) filled with explosives, shrapnel, or chemicals (notably chlorine). The weapons are cheap and when dropped out of the back of a aircraft

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Chris Albon17 Jun 2014

Get Crisis Data with Python and pandas

By Chris Albon

CrisisNET provides a simple, powerful resource for accessing crisis-relevant data. This is a short introduction to pulling down data from CrisisNET and completing some simple data wrangling tasks using Python's pandas module — setting you up to start

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Chris Albon12 Jun 2014