Data Collections

Completed:

  • Post-Conflict Justice Expert Survey: For the article “Trial fairness before impact: Tracing the link between post-conflict trials and peace stability”, I conducted an expert survey measuring partiality levels of post-conflict trials implemented between 1946 and 2006. Thereby, all major post-conflict trials recorded by the Post-Conflict Justice Dataset were rated on several items capturing biases against the political opposition. Experts were selected on the basis of their publications and their in-depth expertise about the post-conflict contexts under scrutiny. The ratings of the fairness levels of the post-conflict trials can be accessed here.
  • Expert Characteristics Dataset: Who are the colleagues answering when asked to complete expert surveys? Building on the Post-Conflict Justice Expert Survey, we investigate which individuals’ characteristics associate with positive responses. We (with Andrea Ruggeri & Giuseppe Spatafora) collected data on various attributes of both respondents and non-respondents such as their age, sex, academic positions, disciplines, and outputs. Additionally, we developed a proxy to capture levels of context-specific expertise. The expert characteristics dataset can be accessed here.

In Progress:

  • Surveillance patterns in the former GDR: How did surveillance patterns vary across different regions in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR)? To answer this question, I currently collect data on the number of ‘operative identity checks’ and ‘operative procedures’ conducted by the Stasi in different regions of the former GDR. Operative identity checks (Operative Personenkontrollen: OPKs) represented the lower-level process to gather information about individuals that were deemed as potential dissidents. If the initial suspicion was borne out, individual cases were transferred into operative procedures (Operative Vorgänge: OVs). The data collection is conducted in the archives of the East German Ministry for State Security (Bundesbehörde für Stasi-Unterlagen). The goal is create a panel dataset including all 217 regions and covering the time period between 1979 and 1988.
  • Verbatim Transcripts of the UN Human Rights Council: Currently, no verbatim records are available for regular sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The only complete documentation of regular sessions is video footage provided by UN-Web-TV. However, it is tedious to search specific statements or subjects in the vast amount of video material. Therefore, I plan to transcribe video footage available on UN-Web-TV into textual documents using ‘Automatic Speech Recognition’ (ASR) software. Recent research demonstrates that the ‘word error rate’ of ASR-transcribed English audio material has significantly declined and that results of quantitative text analyses are robust to the replacement of manually-created transcripts through ASR-created transcripts. This project, aims to enhance the transparency of the UN Human Rights Council and to provide a basis for automatized text analysis of human rights debates.