Afghanistan Election Data

Afghanistan Election Data

Afghanistanelectiondata.org draws on two separate sets of data to map the ethnic groups of Afghanistan. The first, which appears when users select the "Primary ethnic groups by district" layer, is a data set developed by the Afghanistan Information Management Service (AIMS). The second, which appears when users select the "Distribution of Afghan Ethnic Groups" layer, is a data set generated by the Geo-Referencing of Ethnic Groups (GREG) project. Details on the two sets are below.

Primary ethnic groups by district

The layer that displays the "Primary ethnic groups by district" in Afghanistan by district is generated from an AIMS data set. The information is based on data collected by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for AIMS in 2002 for approximately 200 districts and is supplemented with information from the Afghan Central Statistical Office published in 1985. This data was published prior to the 2006 redistricting process and conforms to the 330 administrative areas that existed at the time. The process of re-mapping this information to the post-2006 district boundaries was done by hand.

Distribution of Afghan Ethnic Groups

The layer that displays the "Distribution of Afghan Ethnic Groups" is based on a data set generated by the GREG project, which is based at the International Conflict Research Group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Scholars from ETH, in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) - Trondheim worked to digitize the Soviet Atlas Narodov Mira. Released in 1964, this atlas was created by Soviet ethnographers and takes into account more than 900 ethnic groups. Despite being over four decades old, the Atlas Narodov Mira is widely considered to be the most complete and accurate source of the worldwide spatial distributions of ethnic groups available today. More information can be found on the dataset website.

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