Data Visualization Periscopic's World of Terror visualization.

Published on September 4th, 2014 | by Travis Korte


Visualizing Terrorist Activity Since 1970

Portland, OR-based data visualization company Periscopic has created “A World of Terror,” an interactive visualization of the 25 most prolific global terrorist groups and their activity since 1970. The visualization covers groups as disparate as the Irish Republican Army and Boko Haram and shows the number of incidents for each group, along with the numbers killed and wounded, for each year the group was active. The data, which comes form the Global Terrorism Database, reveals that terrorist groups have been active in 73 countries on five continents, with France the most commonly targeted country.

Take a look.

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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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