Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Social, Political and Economic Event Database Project (SPEED)

SPEED is a technology-intensive effort to extract event data from a global archive of news reports covering the Post WWII era. This event data is generated by human analysts using a suite of sophisticated tools to implement carefully structured and pretested protocols. These protocols are category-specific electronic documents that are tailored to the information needs of a particular category of events (civil unrest, property rights, electoral processes, etc.). In generating these event data SPEED leverages tens of billions of dollars that have been invested in compiling news reports from throughout the world.  Currently, two datasets have been produced through the SPEED Project: destabilizing event data and a coup event data. 

Source: Cline Center for Democracy

Access to event data on the SPEED Project site.
SPEED Project White Papers

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