Project Civil Strife Provides Dyadic Event Data over 10 Year Period

In addition to his position as the CEO and chief research scientist at Strategic Analysis Enterprise (SAE), Dr. Stephen “Steve” Shellman serves as the director of the College of William and Mary’s Violent Intranational Political Conflict and Terrorism (VIPCAT) Research Laboratory. Dr. Steve Shellman helps lead the VIPCAT Laboratory to conduct global political analysis research and development programs, including Project Civil Strife (PCS).

PCS is a database composed of records of intranational events that relate to political conflicts and the cooperation between individuals within various countries. Consisting of data collected between the years of 2001 and 2011, PCS primarily concentrated on territories in South and Southeast Asia.

PCS developers used an event data coding engine designed by SAE called Xenophen to input data into the system and included a geo-coding software package that tracks geographic trends using local and national reference files.

Several organizations assisted with the funding needed to develop PCS. Aside from SAE, financial backers included the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Office of Secretary of Defense. A number of other sources provided additional funding and support.

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