Social and Political Event Data to Support Army Requirements: Volume 1
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL CHAMPAIGN United States
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Military success requires applying judgement and decision making in a high-tempo atmosphere, based on available information. Geo-graphic da-ta at the city level is not enough spatial fidelity for tactical-level analyses. Violet Events Socio-Cultural Analysis VESCA work enables an analyst to evaluate and integrate multiple data sources, work with enhanced event data spatial resolution, and analyze andor visualize the data to produce mission-relevant information. Hand-coded datasets can be more precise, but they require added time and labor to produce, have a significant lag between last observation and present day, are produced with varying schemas, and often duplicate events across datasets. This report includes background regarding event data sources study of pro-tests, demonstrations, and rallies and relevant analytical methods. It describes doctrine regarding civil considerations, sociocultural analysis, and contingency basing to present how event data can be transformed from its original form and interpreted to support doctrinal analysis. The report also describes enhancing event data through geoparsing and through harmonization processes and tools to align datasets to a com-mon schema and identify duplicate entries. Finally, the report presents how data may be analyzed and processed for mission relevant results. The VESCA teams work yielded an event data harmonization prototype and recommendations for refinement.
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