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Published on January 2nd, 2014 | by Travis Korte


Data on 8,400 Global Terrorist Attacks

The University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism has released data on over 8,400 terrorist attacks that took place around the globe in 2012. The data, an addition to the university’s venerable Global Terrorism Database (GTD) reveals that although 85 countries suffered terrorist attacks, more than half took place in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. The data, which was geographically coded at a sub-national level for the first time this year, also shows an increase in attacks and fatalities over the last decade.

With the new data release, the GTD now contains data on over 100,000 global terrorist attacks since 1970, all of which is available for free download.

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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