Dynamically Mapping Conflict in Syria

Helping Mediators in Syria achieve peaceful resolution through data.

My Role

Co-lead UX Designer

Co-lead UI Designer

Front-End Developer

Methods

Sketching

Iterative Prototyping

Wireframing

Competitive Analysis

Survey

Tools Used

Pen + Paper

Whiteboard

Adobe XD

HTML + CSS

D3.js

Timeline

Jan 2019 - May 2019

Team Breakdown

4 UX/Front-End

3 Back-End

2 Data Analysts

1 Project Manager

01. OVERVIEW

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!

Note: Make sure to select dates between November 2018 and May 2019

Note 2: Select View Developer Tools to see the mobile layout

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:

  • Conflict events

  • 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

Primary Users: 

 

Mediators on the ground in Syria

Secondary Users/Stakeholders: 

  • The Carter Center​ 

  • Those who read conflict updates

  • Those who ask for specific stuff

Basic Requirements for proposed tool:​

  1. Must be easily shareable

  2. Have the ability to toggle between English and Arabic

  3. Be usable and accessible for people not accustomed to performing heavy data analysis

  4. Have basic access control

03. RESEARCH

Email me: komalhirani7@gmail.com

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Created with ♥ by Komal Hirani

 

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