Worldmap FAQ








The Worldmap of the ECC Factbook is the visual access point to the Factbook and the factsheets. This page describes its central features in three sections:

  1. Functionality,
  2. Visualization, and
  3. Data Sources & Decisions.


1. The Functionalities:

- Zooming and Scrolling:
Use the "+" and "-" button in the upper left of the worldmap to zoom in and out on the map. The zooming happens in distinct steps and with each level of higher resolution more detailed geographical features are displayed.
Scroll with the mouse to the left and right. Once you reach the western or eastern end of the map a new worldmap is generated to the left / right. To the North and South grey areas delimit the map. You can always click on the "ECC Factbook" symbol on the upper left to reload the map.


- Access basic and detailed information about conflicts

Click left on a conflict marker to open the basic information box. Click left on the basic information box to enter the conflict's factsheet containing the detailed case study, infographics and data.



- Filtering, Linklist and getting further information

On the upper right of the worldmap, you can find three icons:

1) By clicking on the filter Icon (uppermost icon), open the filtering bar which allows you to filter and search for specific conflicts. The filtering functionality is described in detail here.
2) By clicking on the number icon, you can access the conflict list bar that lists all the conflicts that match your current filtering criteria. By clicking on a conflict in this list, you will access the conflict's factsheet.
3) By clicking on the i-icon, open a pop-up that contains links to different parts of the documentation (including this page).



2. Visualization:

Most visual elements, such as borders, large cities (white dots) as well as topographical features are visualized similarly to other map tools. The conflict markers' positioning and size is based on the following considerations: 

The position is chosen to capture the main locality of the conflict as well as possible. However, in many cases a conflict location cannot be easily identified as a specific coordinate, as many of the conflicts featured have a large geographical scope covering entire countries or even world regions. In addition, the practical consideration of placing markers in a way that make them uniquely identifiable and accessible also plays a role so that we sometimes place markers at a certain distance from each other even though they may describe conflicts that happened at the same locality. Thus, the location should not be interpreted as a strict location definition. 

Conflict markers come in three sizes. The size of the conflict marker does not reflect the gravity or intensity of the conflict. Rather, the size of the conflict marker is determined based on the relations to other existing cases. A small conflict marker designates that a conflict is a sub-conflict which means that a main conflict is defined for this conflict which describes the dynamics on a higher geographical or temporal level. For example, the conflict over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is such a sub-conflict with a small conflict marker, because the conflict Disputes over Water in the Nile Basin is defined as a more general conflict. Similarly, the conflict Disputes over Water in the Nile Basin has a large conflict marker exactly because conflict cases exist that describe dynamics on a lower level. Medium conflict markers are chosen for conflicts that stand alone, neither being related to cases on a higher or lower level of geographical or temporal scope. Thus, the size of the conflict marker allows finding more general or more specific cases within the existing case basis as desired. In other words, the size is a heuristic for visually accessing the structure between cases, but not to suggest levels of gravity or importance.

Note: Conflicts that are related can also be accessed from the factsheet directly, either through links within the case histories or within the list of related conflicts in the References & Material section of the conflict's factsheet.

3. Data Sources & Decisions:

  • Natural Earth Data as primary data source for geographical data: The public domain dataset Natural Earth Data is the primary source for all geographical data used.
  • One time-point for all data: Even though borders sometimes change and we feature conflicts over a long time-span (from 1945 onwards), we decided for a single map of current countries and borders.
  • Questions? In case you have more detailed questions regarding data sources and decisions, we are looking forward to hearing from you.