Using the archive
What does the archive do?
What is the archive for?
- provides tools for searching, sorting and filtering incident data, including tools for cross-checking and reconciling victim names, dates, and other key details of individual incidents as documented by different institutions and organizations.
- indexes each document or incident report with consistent and structured keyword tags (metadata) to allow users to work efficiently with information from multiple sources in English and Nepali.
- records incident information from all sources in a common reference template that presents each incident in a clear and consistent framework; the template includes an English-language overview of incident details, the complete text of the original incident documentation provided by each source and reference tools to support additional follow-up and assessment by the user.
- identifies keywords and phrases from incident narratives to allow micro-level details of a particular case to be viewed and examined in relation to other incidents.
- enables the user to view individual reported elements of the conflict as pieces of a broader chronology and to view the broader chronology of the conflict with reference to specific details of individual incidents.
The archive is meant to function as a structured, but flexible information tool that that will assist users in a range of tasks and objectives. The archive may be useful, for example, in:
- cross-checking and consolidating victim namelists from multiple organizations, with a view to finalizing an integrated, comprehensive list of conflict victims. Victim names can be systematically sorted and searched in multiple ways, including full name search, reversed name search and search by name segments or fragments; all results can be filtered and sorted by date, location and other criteria.
- fact-checking information provided by parties to the conflict against information from other sources and evaluating these accounts in light of broader trends and patterns.
- situating individual incidents in the context of other alleged incidents, both locally and nationally, and identifying trends with respect to incident dates, locations and alleged perpetrators.
- examining individual incidents in relation to legislation or policy documents issued by parties to the conflict, including ordinances, press statements, party directives, etc.
- identifying legal frameworks and international standards relevant to specific incidents.
- providing victims or relatives with an overview of existing documentation of a particular incident and with information on related legislation and international standards.