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.

Training Objectives:

Upon completion of this module, participants will have an understanding of the history and uses of the GTD including the analytical strengths and limitations of large datasets. Participants will be able to optimize their use of the existing data in the GTD.

Intended Audience:
General Public
Delivery Format:
Asynchronous Online
Registration Info:

To rent this module for a period of three months, click on the arrow labeled "Rent $29.99" in the top right corner of the image below or go directly to the Vimeo On Demand GTD Module webpage and follow the instructions to:

  1. Set up a free personal Vimeo account; and,
  2. Submit payment.

Once your payment has been received, you will have unlimited access to the module throughout the rental period (90 days). Your access will automatically expire at the conclusion of the rental period. Rental of this video signifies your agreement to the general terms and conditions of use.  

Bulk purchase is available and group discounts may apply. For more information contact the training team


Contact Info:

For more information about any of START's trainings, contact START Training at 301-405-6600,, or make an online request for more information.


The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and the GTD Training Module are funded through the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Office of University Programs. The collection of the GTD is currently funded by the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) and the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO). 

In the past, GTD collection, maintenance, and improvements have been supported by:

  • United States National Institute of Justice
  • United States Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate
  • United States Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism
  • United States Department of Defense, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office
  • German Federal Foreign Office

The views and conclusions contained in this presentation are those of the author and should not be interpreted as representing the official views or policies of the United States Government.

Training and Research Team: