The Global Terrorism Trends and Analysis Center (GTTAC) database is a collection of open-source unclassified information on domestic and international terrorism incidents.
Emerging Trends: Global Terrorism Ubiquitous in 2020, but Bulk of Activity Concentrated in a Few Regions
As if the coronavirus pandemic were not challenging enough, many will be surprised to learn the grim news that incidents of global terrorism increased in 2020. The world suffered a reported 10,172 terrorism incidents in 2020, a sum surpassing those in 2019 by 1,300, or a 15 percent increase. The 29,389 fatalities attributable to terrorist incidents in 2020 were 3,116 more than in 2019, a 12 percent increase.
The story beyond the headlines is even more troubling and requires a more detailed review of geography and… [Read More]
GTTAC Data Sources, References & Notes
DSG created the GTTAC database that the Annex uses to summarize global terrorism incidents. GTTAC accesses five of the most comprehensive, open-source, multimedia data aggregators to identify reports of potential terrorist incidents. Data acquisition begins with using open-source technology tools developed in Python atop a Linux platform for text analysis, predictive modeling, and feature extraction. GTTAC applies ontologies for terrorist incidents, perpetrators, tactics for attack, weapon use, and the targeting of victims and facilities. Once the automated processes have established a body of data for human review and validation, the database of global terrorism incidents begins to take form within regional and other geographic locales.