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GTD: Global Terrorism Database

Information on more than 140,000 Terrorist Attacks

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2014 (with annual updates planned for the future). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes more than 140,000 cases. Learn more

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GTD WebGL Globe

The updated GTD WebGL Globe is an interactive geographic visualization, currently in beta, that plots the location and frequency of yearly terrorist attacks worldwide from 1970-2013. It was developed by START using the WebGL Globe open platform created by the Google Data Arts Team. Automated geocoding from the OpenCage Geocoder supplements the geocoding available in the public dataset.

GTD 2013 Data Heatmap

Updated for 2013, the GTD 2013 World Map displays the concentration and intensity (combining fatalities and injuries) of terrorist attacks that occurred worldwide.

The GTD 2012 World Map is available here.

Global Terrorism in 2013 uses Odyssey.js (from CartoDB) to display an animation of the progression of terrorist attacks around the world in 2013, highlighting details of notable attacks in the GTD.

A World of Terror

Periscopic, a data visualization firm that promotes information transparency and public awareness, has produced an innovative, interactive tool that allows users to explore the impact and dynamics of GTD perpetrator groups. A World of Terror examines the 25 perpetrators that were most active between 1970 and 2013, visualizing their attack patterns across multiple dimensions including life span, recency, casualties, and geographic spread.

GTD Data Rivers 2.0

The GTD Data Rivers 2.0 application is an interactive visualization tool that allows users to explore patterns of terrorism in the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). The GTD Data Rivers aggregates information from the database and displays relative temporal trends as a stack chart.



Baiji, Iraq

10/09/2013: Assailants opened fire on a police checkpoint in Baiji city, Baiji district, Saladin governorate, Iraq. One police officer was killed and another three were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.

Na Thawi district, Thailand

10/09/2013: An explosive device detonated at an automated teller machine (ATM) in Na Thawi district, Songkhla province, Thailand. No one was injured; however, the machine was damaged in the blast. This was one of three blasts at ATM machines in three districts of Songkhla and one of 36 coordinated bombing and arson attacks across four provinces in Thailand on this day. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks.