Data Sources

Behind every great map is a lot of data. Listed below are some sources of data to help get you started mapping.


Asylum Information Database – This website has reports and interactive features that provide information on asylum indicators for 16 countries in Europe.

CIRI Human Rights Data Project – The CIRI Dataset contains data about disappearances, torture, freedom of speech, women’s political rights, and more for 202 countries from 1981-2011.

Human Rights Scores – This website combines data from a variety of sources to produce human rights protection scores and human rights dependence scores.

Humanitarian Data Exchange – This website is a project of OCHA and has over 1,000 datasets spanning 243 countries.

HuriSearch – A human rights search engine that searches over 5,000 human rights websites.

Internal Displacement Monitoring Center – IDMC provides data on the number of people displaced in each country.

International Organization for Migration – IOM helped to develop the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), which is used to collect information about those displaced during a crisis. The DTM for the Philippines can be found here and the DTM for Iraq can be found here.

NISAT Database – The NISAT Database has information on small arms, light weapons, ammunition, explosives, missiles, parts, and accessories for 2013.

Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict – This dataset measures reports of the conflict-related sexual violence committed by armed actors during the years 1989-2009.

SIPIRI – The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has a database that includes trade in large weapons and military transport from 1950-2013.

UN Comtrade Database – This database has customs data on a variety of trade goods including arms and ammunition for 1962 – 2014.

UN Databases – The UN has a list of databases organized by topic. Included are databases about human rights, humanitarian issues, and climate change.

UN Human Rights – The Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) has a page with information about human rights indicators. OHCHR also has reports that provide information on the extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions performed by each country.

UN Women Constitutional Database –  UN women has compiled a database of all the different provisions related to gender contained in constitutions in countries around the world.

UNHCR – UNHCR has a page that compiles statistics and operational data related to refugees, IDPs, stateless people, and asylum seekers.

UNICEF – UNICEF has databases and a virtual library that provide data on a variety of human rights issues.

Uppsala Conflict Data Program – This website provides data on armed conflicts since the 1970’s.

U.S. Department of State – The U.S. Department of State publishes Human Rights Reports which provide information about the state of various human rights in each country. The Humanitarian Information Unit provides datasets and geographic files.

World Bank – The World Bank provides data on a wide variety of indicators, including health, poverty, education, and gender.

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