Get help with our data and tools

If you are having some trouble using our tools, or want to learn more about how we approach research, please visit our Research Handbook. The Handbook includes an User Guide for WhoWasInCommand, an explanation of our methodology and our data model.

More information on the Research Handbook is below.

If you are a developer, our toolchain is hosted on GitHub.

Research Handbook

Security Force Monitor’s Research Handbook is published online here.

The Research Handbook contains different types of information about Security Force Monitor’s research. We update the Research Handbook regularly to reflect the needs of our research, usually in response to new situations our researchers encounter.

The Research Handbook has three parts:

  • Methodology: here we give an overview of the phases of our research into a country’s security forces, from initial scoping through to publication of the data we created.
  • Data Model: in this section you can find out more about the way that Security Force Monitor structures the data it collects, outlines the main entities in use (persons, organizations and events). This section also details how each field is used and has lots of practical examples of how to apply the data entry guidelines.
  • WhoWasInCommand User Guide: we have developed WhoWasInCommand (WWIC) to publish and visualize the data we collect. This user guide contains a walk-through of the main features of WWIC, including its maps, charts, dossiers and search capabilities.

The Research Handbook source is hosted on Github, and published online as a Gitbook. When reading it, we are sure you will find things that can be improved – please let us know what needs to be done, either by emailing us, submitting a pull request or filing a issue on Github.

Developer resources

The code and documentation for WhoWasInCommand is hosted on Github.

Security Force Monitor has partnered with DataMade to create WhoWasInCommand.com. DataMade has operationalized and refined Security Force Monitor’s data structure, created a powerful open source platform to put the data online, and made a significant contribution to the concept and design of WhoWasInCommand.com.