The archive consolidates public information from a wide range of sources, including:
The archive includes search tools, both simple and advanced, for searching the full text and keyword tags (metadata) of all contents; keyword tags provide an efficient method for filtering and sorting material by a range of criteria. Archive contents and categories are by default structured according to chronology, reflecting the fact that incidents take place in specific contexts – each at a particular time and in a particular place – and that a well-grounded understanding of each incident context is crucial for future follow-up.
The unified timeline provides a clear and coherent structure for archiving a large amount of information gathered from a diverse body of sources and comprising a broad range of reports, documents, statements, legislation, methodologies and terminologies. Indexing incident documentation and other material in a chronological order also helps all users, including those without an extensive knowledge of the conflict, to better manage and understand detailed information about particular incidents and longer-term trends.
The archive is comprised of two basic types of material: alleged incident records and reference tools. Alleged incident records are filed in the archive according to the date of the incident given in the original source report; reference documents (reports, human rights instruments, or other documents) are filed according to date of publication or public release: