Company creates map showing all armed battles in history

The Dutch project Nodegoat has the purpose of creating a map showing all the armed conflicts that have happened in the history of mankind. It sounds incredible, but there is one small twist: The algorithm used to display battles is based on Wikipedia, which can be edited by anyone and often brings information with poor accuracy or credibility.

Still, the idea is very cool and presents some curiosities about this human race: places like Europe and the United States are the champions in numbers of conflicts. Certainly, the two great World Wars influenced a lot in this account. Already the first battle recorded on the map is that of Zhuolu, in eastern China, which took place in 2, 500 BC. The darkest points indicate the most recent conflicts and dominate Africa, Indonesia, the Middle East and Vietnam.

The algorithm, however, has some flaws. By compiling data from DBPedia (which gathers information from Wikipedia and Wikidata), the Battle of Piccadilly, for example, was included in the conflict count. This is because it is with this name that the turmoil that took place in the 2008 UEFA Cup final was recorded on these servers.

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Because of these errors, historian Ellen Leslie is skeptical of the project. “I understand that mapping out every battle in history is a huge project, but it would be better to turn to experts to make this kind of information more reliable, ” criticizes Leslie. Geert Kessels, co-founder of Lab 110, behind Nodegot, defends the project. “A teacher could show this to his students to have a different view of our history, ” he explains.

In all, 12, 703 clashes appear on the map. The idea of ​​the company is to improve the project algorithm so that it really shows all the armed conflicts that have ever happened - as well as improving its credibility.

Battle of Zhuolu is the oldest on the map.

* Posted on 3/8/2016