Open Event Data Alliance

The shortest answer is doing.
George Herbert
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
Harry S. Truman

The Open Event Data Alliance (OEDA) is a consortium, in the process of incorporation as a U.S. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, of for-profit organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals committed to facilitating the development, adoption and analysis of social and political event data.

Political event data—nominal or ordinal codes recording the interactions between international actors as reported in the open press — are a common type of information used in quantitative political research. Technological developments over the past two decades now allow this data to be automatically coded from machine-readable sources in near-real-time, which has dramatically decreased the cost of producing such data and increased the interest in applying it in a variety of domains, including commercial, policy and academic applications. The OEDA seeks to support the development of event data through

  1. the hosting of open access datasets
  2. the development of open source software and coding ontologies for these purposes, and
  3. the creation of standards for documenting the source data used for event data

Development of the OEDA is being led at the moment by Phil Schrodt, John Beieler, Patrick Brandt, Erin Simpson, and Andy Halterman.



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