UCDP GED 2.0 now launched!

UCDP Georeferenced Event Dataset (UCDP GED) version 2.0 now released!

Today, 21st October, the Uppsala Conflict Data Program officially releases its latest major dataset update: the UCDP GED version 2.0.

The UCDP GED is an event-based and georeferenced dataset on organized violence, with the latest update making data available for the African and Asian continents, from 1989-2014.

This release contains a major update to our African data, expanding the time series from 2010 to 2014.The biggest innovation is, however, the inclusion in the dataset of the entirety of Asia (the previous release contained only East Asia) from 1989-2014. This release includes organized violence in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka.

The dataset now totals approximately 90 000 events of organized violence.

Some changes have also been made to the codebook, to allow for a better and easier user experience. As always, the data are available in several different formats: CSV, KML, Excel, R, SQL, and as shapefiles.

You can see a visualization of the data HERE, and download the data and the codebook HERE. To read the dataset presentation article, please click HERE.

Our next release, coming soon, covers the Middle East from 1989 to 2014.

The UCDP GED contains data on all types of organized violence, disaggregated spatially and temporally down to the level of the individual incidents of fatal violence. Each event comes complete with date of the event, place of the event (with coordinates), actors participating in the event, estimates of fatalities, as well as variables that denote the certainty with which these data are known. The dataset allows for the analysis of the causes, dynamics and resolution of organized violence at a level of analysis below the state system. The data can be conjoined with other sub-state data, such as disaggregated information on population, economy and the environment to allow for types of analyses and answer questions that country-level cannot address.




UCDP GED now updated with East Asia

Today the UCDP released a new version of its geo-referenced event data: the UCDP GED version 1.9!

Previous versions of the UCDP GED datasets have been restricted to the African continent, but this new release expands data coverage to include the East Asian region from 1989-2014. This expansion means an additional approximately 10,000 events of organized violence in the dataset.

As always, the data are available in a range of different formats, such as CSV, Excel, and SQL.

Our next large-scale release will be after the summer, when we launch data for the 1989-2014 period for the whole of Asia (not including the Middle East), as well as for Africa 2011-2014. Before the end of the year data for the Middle East will also be released.

You can download the UCDP GED 1.9 here, and see an interactive visualization of all of the data right here.

Hope you enjoy the data and have a great summer!


Coming updates and some UCDP stats for the past year…

Updates to come…

2014 has now drawn to a close, and we are well into 2015. Updates of the Conflict Encyclopedia and our datasets are currently ongoing. And, since 2014 was not a particularly good year for peace, there is much coding and writing to be done to complete this update.

In terms of other updates, 2015 will also see the launch of the 2.0 version of the UCDP GED (Georeferenced Event Dataset), which will now encompass also the Asian continent. Work on this update has been a little more time consuming than we initially thought and had hoped. This is in part due to the sheer magnitude of data to be launched, but also because we took the opportunity to update, clean, and enhance all the data for Asia (as we did also for the Africa release). No release date is available as of yet though.

A different type of data…

We normally publish numbers related to organized violence only, since this is our mission. For this year’s annual report on our activities we have, however, also looked more closely at how much some our datasets are utilized by the research and policy making communities. So, here are some stats on how some of our main dataset have been cited in Google Scholar so far and during 2014:

Gleditsch et al., 2002, Armed Conflict 1946-2001: A New Dataset, Journal of Peace Research

All-time citations: 2095

2014 citations (approximate): 275

Harbom, Melander, and Wallensteen, 2008, Dyadic Dimensions of Armed Conflict, 1946-2007, Journal of Peace Research

All-time citations: 233

2014 citations (approx.): 37

Eck and Hultman, 2007, One-sided Violence Against Civilians in War: Insights from New Fatality Data, Journal of Peace Research

All-time citations: 239

2014 citations (approx.): 43

Sundberg, Eck, and Kreutz, 2012, Introducing the UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset, Journal or Peace Research

All-time citations (including beta version): 49

2014 citations (approx.): 20

Sundberg and Melander, 2013, Introducing the UCDP Georeferenced Event Dataset, Journal of Peace Research

All-time citations (including beta version and codebook): 165

2014 citations (approx.): 65

Kreutz, 2010, How and When Armed Conflicts End: Introducing the UCDP Conflict Termination Dataset, Journal of Peace Research

All-time citations: 176

2014 citations (approx.): 44

Keep your eyes peeled for further updates!


Nobel Peace Prize 2014

UCDP Deputy Director Erik Melander (and Head of Department Magnus Öberg) have commented on this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.


Melander and Öberg note that the receipients of the prize were highly relevant in light of research on peace and war.


“‘Among individuals you find that those who have the most positive attitudes towards equality between the sexes in society are also less inclined to use violence, as well as less prone to support warlike foreign policies, torture of suspected terrorists, and similar policies. These are very strong associations and they are robust even when we take into account alternative explanations such as economic wellbeing, education level, religion, and so on,’ says Professor Erik Melander who does research in these topics.”


Read the full comment here.

2013 Armed Conflict Update: Two out of five war fatalities occurred in Syria

The UCDP’s update of armed conflicts for 2013 is about to be released, as always in the Journal of Peace Research. A press release detailing some of the findings has, however, been released.


The introduction reads:


“Conflicts in the world last year increased by one compared to 2012, up to 33. This is reported by peace researchers at Uppsala University’s Conflict Data Program. The number has remained stable over the past decade. 2012 saw an increase in the number of battle-related deaths with the number of casualties in Syria completely overshadowing any other ongoing conflict. In 2012, two out of five people dying in battles, died in Syria.”


Read the entire press release here!



New Update Alert is out

The UCDP Update Alert No.15 was released today!

This update contains info on a new data release; the UCDP Managing Intrastate Conflict Africa Dataset v.2.1-2013. This dataset covers third party interventions in African conflicts between 1993 and 2007 and expands on the earlier MILC dataset.

The UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia has also been updated.

More news is available in the Update itself: http://www.ucdp.uu.se/gpdatabase/ucdp_update_alert/UCDP_updatealert15.html



New charts and graphs

We’ve finished updating the graphs for most of our data on violence, so these now go up until 2012. You can have a peak here: http://www.pcr.uu.se/research/ucdp/charts_and_graphs/ if you want to find different formats.

If you just want to glance, check out the gallery below: