Terrorism events are rare in the West — but gain a disproportionate amount of media coverage. With our project, “Was there terrorism where you live?,” we help the reader understand that terrorism happens almost every day in some parts of the world. Each day, a map of the world is updated to show where attacks took place on this day last year, and the reader can see if their country was affected. Clicking a country redirects to a page with charts showing where most attacks took place, including an interactive table where the reader can explore all the incidents, and links to related stories.
What makes this project innovative?
Our project is one website, but has a story for every day of the year because the data is updated daily. This gives the reader incentive to check back and develop a sense of where terrorism takes place. Although the Global Terrorism Database has been used for decades, our story makes it smaller, searchable, and more reader-friendly to navigate.
What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?
The interactive was also shared by START and republished on partner websites.
Source and methodology
For each day in 2016, we then analyzed the number of incidents that happened on that date, as well as the number of deaths that occured, and created bar charts illustrating the countries that were impacted the most. We also created an interactive table that allows the reader to read details on each incident that happened in the past year.
Chosen (https://harvesthq.github.io/chosen/) - to make nice dropdown select box
Highcharts (http://highcharts.com/) - to make bar charts on country.html
Datatables (https://datatables.net/) - to make the result tables on table.html.
We added final touches to our page, including suggested dates and filters for the calendar heatmap and searchable table, optimizing for mobile views, and social sharing and tracking.