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12-06-2010, 04:03 PM
From The Physics arXiv Blog at MIT's Technology Review:

The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet: (http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/26097/) If you want to simulate the Earth, you'll need data on the climate, health, finance, economics, traffic and lots more. Here's where to find it.

Databases directly related to Small Wars Council:

Conflict data

CSCW Data on Armed Conflict (http://www.prio.no/CSCW/Datasets/Armed-Conflict/)
CSCW and Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, have collaborated in the production of a dataset of armed conflicts, both internal and external, in the period 1946 to the present. Currently, probably the most extensive dataset repository available, in particular for historic data.

WarViews (http://www.icr.ethz.ch/research/warviews/)
The aim of the WarViews project is to create an easy-to-use front-end for the exploration of GIS data on conflict. It can run on a Web browser or it can be displayed using Google Earth.

The following are civil war specifific datasets with additional empirical information:
Ethnic group location dataset
Ethnic power balances dataset
Collection of updated datasets and codebooks from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP). (http://www.pcr.uu.se/research/UCDP/data_and_publications/datasets.htm)

ACLED (http://www.acleddata.com/49)
Partially contained in the PRIO dataset, ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Events Dataset) is designed for disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping. This dataset codes the location of all reported conflict events in 50 countries in the developing world. Data are currently being coded from 1997 to 2009 and the project continues to backdate conflict information for African states to the year of independence.

CERAC (http://www.cerac.org.co/datasets.htm)
The Conflict Analysis Resource Center hosts several cross country conflict data sets and a few datasets of particular countries. Repositories also have datasets of political instability and conflict.

The Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive (http://www.databanksinternational.com/)
The Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive provides annual data for a range of countries from 1815 to the present. Frequently cited, it is one of the \leading datasets on political violence", according to Robert Bates at Harvard University. It is \possibly the most widely used event dataset" according to Henrik Urdal, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO).

Country specifific repositories: Iraq, Afghanistan
Collection of datasets of terrorist acts. (http://people.haverford.edu/bmendels/terror_attacks)

12-06-2010, 04:51 PM
Awesome, will definitely help future research
cheers, rjp