Activism Data Sets

Below is a list of open access data sets on activism aggregated and curated by the Digital Activism Research Project. Please use the form at the bottom of the page to suggest additional resources and direct edits and corrections to Mary (mjoyce AT uw DOT edu).

Title: 10 Million International Dyadic Events 
Publication Date: 2006
Original Data Set? : Yes
Digital or Analog Activism: Analog
Principal Investigators: Gary King, Will Lowe
Description:  Include almost 10 million individual events, each coded to the exact day they occur or become known. Each event is summarized in the data as “Actor A does something to Actor B”, with Actors A and B recording about 450 countries and other (within-country) actors and “does something to” coded in an ontology of about 200 types of actions. 
Useful Links: Public Index Page; Codebook; Data Set 

Title: Conflict and Mediation Event Observations (CAMEO)
Publication Date: 2007
Original Data Set? : Yes
Digital or Analog Activism: Analog
Principal Investigators: Deborah Gerner, Philip Schrodt, Omur Yilmaz, Abu-Jabr, Rajaa
Description:  A data set of instances of third party mediation in international disputes.  Instances range from public statements and engaging in diplomatic cooperation to protests, assaults, and coercion.
Useful LinksAllAcademic PageCodebookData Set

Title: Dynamics of Collective Protest in the U.S. 1960-1995
Publication Date: 2009
Original Data Set? : Yes
Digital or Analog Activism: Analog
Principal Investigators: Susan Olzak, Doug McAdam, Sarah Soule, John McCarthy
Description:  The data set is part of an ongoing project on the dynamics of collective action based at Stanford University.  It includes protest events in the United States between 1960 and 1995, collected from news reports in the New York Times, and coded according to 76 variables.
Useful Links: Project Website; Inclusion Criterion (event guide); Collection and Coding Manual; Codebook; Data Download Form

Title: Global Digital Activism Data Set, Version 1.0  (GDADS1)
Publication Date: 2013
Original Data Set?: Yes
Digital or Analog Activism: Digital
Principal Investigators: Mary Joyce, Philip N. Howard, Antonio Rosas
Description:  The GDADS1 is a collection of digital activism cases from around the world, created as an open resource to scholars. The central data product of the project contains 1,180 coded cases of digital activism from 151 countries and dependent territories, from 1982 through 2012.
Useful Links: Project WebpageDocumentation: User’s Manual and Codebook; Coded Case Data Request Information; Case Source List Request Information

Title: Global Nonviolent Action Database
Publication Date: 2011
Original Data Set?: Yes
Digital or Analog Activism: Analog
Principal Investigators: George Lakey
Description: Contains nonviolent campaigns from around the world. Each case is coded accorded to 30 variables, in addition to a 1,000-word narrative of the case. Variables focus on basic information, such as nonviolent method used, geography, leaders, targets, and success.
Useful Links: Example Case; Project Homepage; Coding Definitions; Case Search Interface

Title: Social Conflict in Africa Database (SCAD)
Publication Date: 2012
Original Data Set? : Yes
Digital or Analog Activism: Analog
Principal Investigators: Idean Salehyan, Cullen Hendrix
DescriptionSCAD catalogues the myriad ways conflict manifests as political and social disorder. It includes protests, riots, strikes, inter-communal conflict, government violence against civilians, and other forms of social conflict not systematically tracked in other conflict datasets. SCAD currently includes information on over 7,900 social conflict events from 1990 to 2011, and it will be periodically updated.
Useful LinksDedicated WebsiteCodebookData set

Title: Social Protest and Policy Change
Publication Date: 1999
Original Data Set? : Yes
Digital or Analog Activism: Analog
Principal Investigators: Marco Giugni
Description: Within a unique body of original data this study incorporates a historical overview of the mobilization of the ecology, antinuclear, and peace movements in the United States, Italy, and Switzerland. It presents the results of time-series analyses and reveals the combined effects of protest, political alliances, and shifts in public opinion on movements which do not address issues posing too serious a threat to the power holders.
Useful Links: Homepage with Data Downloads; Codebook;  Protest Forms Codelist

Title: Transnational Social Movement Organization Dataset, 1953-2003
Publication Date: 2012
Original Data Set? : Yes
Digital or Analog Activism: Analog
Principal Investigators: Jackie Smith, Dawn Wiest
Description:T he researchers collected organizations from the UN’s yearbook of international organizations and then coded them according to 301 variables. Inclusion criterion determined whether the organization was considered a transnational social movement organization and should be included in the data set.
Useful Links: Data Description (ICPSR)CodebookData set

Title: The World Handbook of Political Indicators IV
Publication Date: 2012
Original Data Set?: Yes
Digital or Analog Activism: Analog
Principal Investigators: J. Craig Jenkins, Charles Lewis Taylor, Marianne Abbott, Thomas V. Maher, Lindsey Peterson
Description: The World Handbook of Politics IV provides a set of country-level measures of contentious politics events. The data cover 231 countries and territories using 40 event forms to identify 263,912 events. These data comprise two files: a) a daily file; and b) an annual file. This data set was created using machine coding.
Useful LinksDedicated Website; Project Description PageCodebook; Data Request Form

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