Using the Global Terrorism Database: Introduction

This module provides a general overview of the world’s largest unclassified database on terrorism incidents, the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). This overview includes discussion of the data collection process, as this informs the use of the database itself. Participants receive instruction on the analytical strengths of large datasets as well as the limits of this type of analysis. Participants will conduct analytical exercises introducing them to pivot tables and foundational graphing techniques using Excel.

Course syllabus:

  1. Understanding of the history and uses of the GTD

  2. Analytical strengths and limitations of large datasets

  3. Optimizing the use of the existing data in the GTD

  4. Recovery