Welcome to CountingCasualties.org

The aim of countingcasualties.org is to serve as a forum for members of the civilian casualty recording and estimation community to share, discuss, debate, and hopefully to begin to resolve the wide variety of methodological and theoretical challenges they face on a daily basis.  This site is hosted and moderated by faculty members from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh.  We do not have any particular stake or position in the debates that take place on this site.  Our only goal is to facilitate interaction that advance the science of casualty recording and estimation.  This site grew out of a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) funded conference that was held in October 2009 at Carnegie Mellon University.   

At least initially, we intend to limit the use of this site to people who are directly engaged in counting, recording, and/or estimating civilian casualties either in the field, in legal or governmental contexts, or in an academic setting.  We are doing so to encourage participants to speak freely and openly about the challenges they face.  In time, we plan to create a public section of the site that will be of use to political decision makers, military officials, journalists, civil society activists, academics, concerned citizens, etc.. 

If you would like to become a member of the countingcasualties.org, please go to the “Login” tab and click on “Create My Account.”  Be sure to let us know why you would like to join the community.