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GTDV is an information visualization application, the Global Terrorism Database Visualization (GTDV) addressing the issue of terrorism. GTDV applies techniques and processes of information visualisation emphasising the aesthetics besides the functionality, to display data from 80.000 terrorist events between 1970 and 2004 compiled from the Global Terrorism Database from the University of Maryland, USA. We describe the Global Terrorism Database Visualization interface, crítically analyzing it and specifying the structural and visualization techniques used. GTDV aims to contribute to the emergence of a thorough knowledge about the phenomenon of terrorism.

The proposed GTDV digital art, exploring processes and techniques of information visualization, uses the information gathered in a public database, the largest existing database of terrorist attacks, to present a view interface elements captured from these same data, expected to present efficiently and graphically aesthetic, within functional and intuitive to use, providing users with a general awareness about the issue, the detailed understanding of the same and the analysis and formulation of hypotheses about terrorist events occurring in the world since 1970. The GTDV presents the elements in a geo-coded and structured according to several variables and contributing in this way, devising strategies for the future of counter-terrorism information and making it compelling for the society of the twenty-first century, accessible through visual representations. The GTDV artifact was displayed in the Computer Graphics Center at the University of Minho, attracting interest and curiosity from the public, who expressed to be less complex and more understanding to view the data available in the project, as an alternative to traditional forms of presentation of these data: tables or graphics.

Developed by:
João Martinho Moura & Jorge Sousa
Under the supervision of Adérito Marcos and Pedro Branco (University of Minho).
GTDV was fully developed with open source software:, mysql, and Box2D



public data obtained in 2008 from GTD
University of Maryland: