Dynamically Mapping Conflict in Syria
Helping Mediators in Syria achieve peaceful resolution through data.
Co-lead UX Designer
Co-lead UI Designer
Pen + Paper
HTML + CSS
Jan 2019 - May 2019
2 Data Analysts
1 Project Manager
IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM
The Syrian Civil War has wreaked havoc and taken the lives of hundreds of thousands. Conflict mediators on the ground rely on organizations like The Carter Center to provide them with data in their quest for lasting peace.
“Topshots-Syria-Conflict” by Leal Olivas is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND
The Syrian Conflict Mapping Team at the Carter Center thus approached the Georgia Tech ICT4D Project Team that I was on from the course “Information and Communication Technologies and Global Development” to create a digital platform that will visualize data in a way that informs others about the Syrian Conflict in hopes to help with conflict resolution and achieving peace.
Thus, our question quickly became:
How could we visualize this data in a meaningful way that helps mediators achieve peace?
WHAT WE CAME UP WITH
We ended up creating a mobile-friendly web-based geographic information system for dynamically visualizing and analyzing Syrian conflict data. This platform consists of interactive visualizations that help mediators view data in an understandable and meaningful way.
Check out the web app here!
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02. INITIAL REQUIREMENTS
We first met with the Syrian Conflict Mapping Team at the Carter Center's offices in Atlanta in order to understand their current processes for mapping conflicts and their requirements for this new tool that they wanted us to create.
After the initial meeting with the team, we identified the primary users, secondary users, what users currently keep track of in regards to the Syrian Civil War, and basic requirements for this new tool:
What they keep track of:
Formation of armed groups and evolving relations over time
Sightings of weapons
Movement of civilians as a result of fighting
Historic and current areas of control throughout the country
Mediators on the ground in Syria
The Carter Center
Those who read conflict updates
Those who ask for specific stuff
Basic Requirements for proposed tool:
Must be easily shareable
Have the ability to toggle between English and Arabic
Be usable and accessible for people not accustomed to performing heavy data analysis
Have basic access control