Humanitarian Tracker, International Network of Crisis Mappers, Ushahidi, Children's Hospital Informatics Program, Harvard Medical School, UCLA School of Law, Children's Hospital Boston
In early 2011, Syrians began to peacefully protest the Assad regime, which resulted in government retaliation that broke out into violence and, eventually, civil war. The government targeted not only rebels but also non-combatant civilians, resulting in crimes against humanity and massive humanitarian crises, particularly in the populous Syrian city of Aleppo.
Syria Tracker crowdsources citizen reports on human rights violation since the conflict began in April 2011. In addition to documenting atrocities and fighting during the conflict, Syria Tracker hopes to provide detailed metrics on fatalities and preserve the name, location, and details of each victim. Over 4,500 reports have been submitted since the map was launched, and users have called it “the most accurate estimate of the death toll yet.”
Peace Engineering Takeaway
Syria Tracker's data have been used by humanitarian, peacebuilding, and media organizations to monitor the conflict in Syria. The dataset is one of the most impressive sets of “non-authoritative” data to be used in crisis mapping, as the decentralization of the dataset preserves its neutrality in a dizzying network of domestic and foreign conflict actors.