Data Visualization Cultural Sites Under Threat

Published on February 3rd, 2016 | by Elaine Ding

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Mapping Cultural Sites Threatened by Terrorists

The Antiquities Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting cultural artifacts and monuments from illicit trade by organized crime and terrorist organizations, has created the Culture Under Threat Map, a map of the cultural heritage sites threatened or damaged in the Middle East and North Africa region. The map incorporates data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), media reports, and terrorism research institutions to plot areas controlled or threatened by terrorist groups and overlays the location of UNESCO historical sites and museums. The Antiquities Coalition created the map to call attention to the danger that ISIS and other terrorist groups increasingly pose to cultural sites in the region.

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About the Author

Elaine Ding

Elaine Ding is a graduate policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. She is a graduate from the American University Washington College of Law and is currently finishing her Master of Public Administration degree. Elaine previously worked as a legal fellow for IDEATE Labs conducting legal and policy research on a wide variety of issues including education, healthcare, telecommunications, and workforce policy.



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