Mapping accountability in the Balkan wars of the 1990s

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Group 12


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Project Title:

  • Mapping accountability in the Balkan wars of the 1990s

NGO Project Lead:

  • Dusan Bogdanovic

All Project Participants:

  • Jasmin Chebo
  • Joseph Reeves

Summary of the Problem

  • Data concerning individuals involved in conceiving and carrying out war crimes and human rights violations in the Balkans during the 1990s is publicly accessible, but dispersed. Examples such as “Institutions Abused: Who Was Who in Serbia 1987 – 2000” contains over 1400 entries, as does the US Treasury frozen asset list. We are looking for a solution to unify and visually present this information through the use of mapping. This will initiate a social debate on the issue and encourage further research with the goal of preventing future atrocities.

Proposed Solution

  • Webmapping existing data: Unifying, cataloging and visualizing.
  • Linking to original sources and supporting data.
  • Link to social media elements and a means of contributing crowd-sourced data and corrections to the project.

Technology to Solve the Problem

  • Webmapping & social media extension to existing website: javnidosije.rs
  • Social media
  • Traditional media & physical launch


Existing solutions or relevant links

Data sources:

  • Bogdanovic, D. & Kovacevic-Vuco, B. 2011. Institutions Abused: Who Was Who in Serbia 1987 – 2000. Belgrade.
  • Haugue Tribunal database
  • EU visa ban database
  • US treasury list of frozen assets
  • Website under development at javnidosije.rs
  • Crowd sourced additions
  • OpenStreetMap base mapping

Action Plan

  • Investigate and contact potential partner organizations: Technical and NGO
  • Investigate current webmapping technology
  • Secure funding
  • Preparing existing datasets
  • Completing javnidosije.rs and implementing webmapping and social media extensions
  • Physical launch of website, in real world and online
  • Ongoing review and processing of crowd sourced data for inclusion online
  • Processing crowd sourced data for inclusion in 2nd edition of printed book