Global Digital Activism Data Set

The Global Digital Activism Data Set versions 1.0 (GDADS1) and 2.0 (GDADS2) contain qualitative and quantitative variables describing digital activism campaigns from around the world. All materials have a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license, and are designed to be shared and remixed.  Please let us know if you publish your analysis of the data so that we can maintain a reference list linking to your work.

GDADS1 Release

1) Documentation: User’s Manual and Codebook 
Description: Contains project history, data description, methodology notes, variable definitions. 
Format: Personal Document File (.pdf) 
Date: August 16, 2013 (2nd edition, additional ICR)
Download GDADSv1-Documentation-FINAL.pdf (200 downloads)

2) Coded Case Studies Spreadsheet
Description: Contains 1,180 cases of digital activism from 151 countries and dependent territories,  ranging from 1982 through 2012, coded according to 57 variables.  There are significant reliability problems with this data, which are described in the Documentation.
Format: Excel (.xlsx)
Date: February 22, 2013
Download:  GDADSv1-Coded-Cases-Spreadsheet-FINAL.xlsx (200 downloads)

3) Case Study Sources Spreadsheet
DescriptionContains links and citations to the source materials for 1,346 cases of digital activism initially collected for the GDADS project.
Format: Excel (.xlsx)
Date: February 22, 2013
Download:  GDADSv1-Case-Source-Spreadsheet-FINAL.xlsx (128 downloads)

GDADS2 Release

1) Documentation: “Project Report and Codebook”
Description: Contains data description, methodology notes, variable definitions.
Format: Personal Document File (.pdf)
Date: November 2013
Download GDADS2_Project_Report_and_Codebook.pdf (367 downloads)

2) Data
Description: Contains 426 cases of digital activism from 100 countries and dependent territories,  ranging from 2010 through 2012, coded according to 28 variables.  Though fewer campaigns are included in this data set, the data quality is far more reliable.  Note third party data, such as information on regime type from Polity IV, is not included in this file.
Format: Comma-delimited (*.csv)
Date: November 2013
Download GDADS2_Data.csv (411 downloads)

3) Coding Manual Appendix
Description: Specific instructions and examples provided to coders.
Format: Personal Document File (.pdf)
Date: November 2013
Download:  GDADS2_Coding_Manual_Appendix1.pdf (135 downloads)

4) Study:  Digital Activism and Non Violent Conflict Report
Description: Our preliminary analysis for USIP contains 426 cases of digital activism.
Format: Personal Document File (.pdf)
Date: November 2013
Download:  Digital-Activism-and-Non-Violent-Conflict.pdf (2130 downloads)