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Chapter 7 – Open Sources Databases

Gary LaFree


This video shows the 2020 Sutherland Address delivered by Dr. Gary LaFree to the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in Chicago. The title of the address is “In the Shadow of 9/11:  How the Study of Political Extremism Has Reshaped Criminology.” The source includes a discussion of how terrorism research and data have reshaped criminology.


Here you can see the 2011 lecture by Dr. Gary LaFree at the Justice Department recognizing changes in research at the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The lecture provides several examples of the kinds of research that can be done with open source data.


This short segment of the lecture “Understanding Terrorism” shows Dr. Martha Crenshaw explaining the challenges of defining terrorism—which is a fundamental challenge faced by open source terrorism databases.


This source contains a recent update of what we can learn from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) by Dr. Erin Miller. The video is useful for seeing the utility of the leading current open source data on terrorism.


This segment by Dr. Daren Fisher provides an introduction to using the Global Terrorism Database.  It offers practical advice on how to access a major open source database on terrorism.

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