Earlier this week, Bellingcat launched the Ukraine conflict vehicle tracking project, a collaborative effort where we collect reports on movement of military equipment in and near Ukraine to determine if Russian units have crossed the border. The data is collected on a beautiful platform called Silk, where it can be analyzed and visualized in many different ways.
The launch grabbed plenty of attention:
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) February 4, 2015
— Craig Silverman (@CraigSilverman) February 4, 2015
— BBC Outside Source (@BBCOS) February 5, 2015
We hope to keep growing the data set through community contributions via Checkdesk, and we’re off to a great start! The following graph shows real-time status of reports added to the database, by date:
Another view shows the latest additions:
Also happy to note that redditors had found the equipment list with pictures useful, as it can be used as a quick guide to identifying some of the most common vehicles seen in the conflict.
— Veli-Pekka Kivimäki (@vpkivimaki) February 5, 2015
As mentioned previously, we welcome contributions to the project’s data set via Checkdesk:
- New sightings
- Geolocation updates
- Equipment identification reports
- Error reports (e.g. wrong images or descriptions in sightings)