Data Set A Chechen fighter during the battle for Grozny.

Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Travis Korte


Tracking Trends in Ethnic and Religious Conflict

The Composition of Religious and Ethnic Groups (CREG) database pulls together information from dozens of international sources, including the CIA World Factbook and the Britannica Book of the Year, to produce the most comprehensive and granular source of worldwide trends in ethnic and religious conflict. The database, a project of the Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois, focuses on the 165 largest countries in the world during the post-WWII era. The data will allow researchers in a variety of fields to study how variations in civil strife can affect other aspects of nations’ development.

The full data set is available for download in the CSV file format.

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Photo: Mikhail Evstafiev, Creative Commons

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About the Author

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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