I'm looking for a dataset listing the rocket attacks in Israel and the State of Palestine with as many following fields as possible:

  • timestamp
  • GPS
  • number of casualties
  • reason for attack (e.g. a pointer to a previous attack)
  • number of articles covering the attack

Period covered should be as large as possible, but mostly interested from 2000 to now.

  • That's probably impossible to establish. Who are you going to trust on casualty numbers?
    – gerrit
    Jul 10, 2014 at 14:23
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    Most datasets are noisy, that's life. Jul 10, 2014 at 14:50
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    From the question title I thought you were saying a Rocket had attacked datasets. Jul 15, 2014 at 19:58
  • Israeli human rights NGO B'Tselem is publishing statistics, unfortunately no API or otherwise open access yet. They keep track in more processable data formats and might cooperate if you contact them.
    – the
    Aug 15, 2014 at 14:00

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Try the Global Terrorism Database from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) project at at the University of Maryland. Here's a brief snip from their about page

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2012 (with additional annual updates planned for the future). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as transnational and international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes more than 113,000 cases. For each GTD incident, information is available on the date and location of the incident, the weapons used and nature of the target, the number of casualties, and--when identifiable--the group or individual responsible.

The GTD database can be downloaded after filling out a form at http://apps.start.umd.edu/gtd/contact/ -- so "kind of open data."

START got the contract to collect terrorism data for the US State Dep. after WITS: the Worldwide Incidents Tracking System was discontinued in 2012.

Some of the original WITS website is in the Wayback Machine This page of reports has a link for "exports" at the top, but they didn't seem to work for me.

Also, I found the RAND Database of Worldwide Terrorism Incidents, although that only covers 1968-2009 according to their database scope page.

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    Thanks! Yes we need a Wayback Machine for datasets, given the rate at which they disappear... Jul 15, 2014 at 15:20
  • good idea about the wayback machine. I checked it and added a little more info. Jul 15, 2014 at 15:30

There is a new API for journalists and others called CrisisNET. With it you can search based on location and type. Also, you can export CSV files if you aren't familiar with programming - explore.

Inside of the returned data are some URLs for more details. Typical results in JSON format will have these fields:

{   "remoteID": "117721645006819_543803659065280",   "language": {
    "nativeName": "العربية",
    "code": "ar",
    "name": "Arabic"   },   "license": "facebook",   "author": {
    "username": "gazanews2012",
    "remoteID": "gazanews2012",
    "name": "شبكة غزة لأخبار العاجلة"   },   "contentEnglish": "URGENT: rocket in \"slogan Negev\", causing material damage",   "fromURL": "http://facebook.com/117721645006819_543803659065280",   "publishedAt": "2014-06-18T18:43:47+00:00",   "summary": "عاجل: سقوط صاروخ في \"شعار هنيغف\" محدثاً أضرار مادية",   "content": "عاجل: سقوط صاروخ في \"شعار هنيغف\" محدثاً أضرار مادية",   "source": "facebook",   "tags": [
      "confidence": 1,
      "name": "armed-conflict"
      "confidence": 1,
      "name": "conflict"
    }   ],   "lifespan": "temporary",   "updatedAt": "2014-06-18T20:11:19.553522",   "entities": [
    "Gaza Strip"   ],   "geo": {
    "coords": [
    "locationIdentifiers": {
      "authorLocationName": "gaza غزة"
    "addressComponents": {
      "adminArea4": "Gaza Strip",
      "streetAddress": "Street",
      "formattedAddress": "Street"
    }   },   "id": "ljHUik-aQequcQtc21StvQ",   "createdAt": "2014-06-18T20:06:13.661308" },

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