DataChemist Supports Global Initiative To Promote And Understand Peace Through Data Analysis

DataChemist, the leader in deriving insight from data, has been selected by the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) and the University of Oxford as the technology powering an ambitious project to “learn from history” and help promote the conditions for a peaceful planet in the future.

This Historical Peace Index uses cutting-edge statistical methods and robust historical data gathered through the Seshat: Global History Databank, a world leader in gathering, organizing, and learning the lessons of our shared past. The chief goal of the project is to map Global Peace over thousands of years, and provide evidence-based insight into how to improve Global Peace in the future. The project gathers and analyzes a huge range of historical data relating to social structures, politics, and economics over the past 5,000 years. It provides a comprehensive view of history that brings the power of ‘big data’ to understanding peace and the conditions that encourage peace.

By doing so, this Historical Peace Index allows researchers and advocates for peace to track the long-term evolution of the different elements of peacefulness, identify which combinations of factors encourage peace, and identify what can be done today to deliver a more peaceful world.

“We’re delighted to be involved with The Historical Peace Index project”, said Kevin Feeney, CEO of DataChemist. “This large scale project to identify and promote the causes and conditions for peace is a timely demonstration of how much good ‘big data’ can deliver in the right hands. Our platform is used in verticals from retail to finance - but may never be used in a more valuable project than this”

IEP’s Founder, Steve Killelea said “IEP is very happy to partner with Oxford University and DataChemist. Peace is at the heart of the world’s future sustainability, because without a world that is basically peaceful, we will never have the levels of trust, co-operation or inclusiveness necessary to solve humanity’s global sustainability challenges. Peace is a prerequisite. The partnership between IEP, SESHAT and DataChemist will help to make this possible.”

Seshat Co-founder Prof Harvey Whitehouse said “Many have appealed to historical examples to support their views on current public policy but this has usually meant cherry picking while ignoring counter-examples. The Historical Peace Index will allow us to identify the precursors to peace worldwide over thousands of years and so provide a more objective way of learning from the past to plan better for the future.”

About DataChemist
Data Chemist has a simple goal: to turn data into insight. DataChemist was founded in 2018 and brings a new way of thinking about data to the market, helping leading organizations find the relationships and insights in their existing data that have until now remained hidden.

Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, DataChemist is funded by Atlantic Bridge and Enterprise Ireland and works with some of Europe’s largest retail, logistics, financial and commercial intelligence organisations. 

About Seshat
Seshat: Global History Databank brings together the most current and comprehensive body of knowledge about human history in one place. This unique project systematically collects what is currently known about the social and political organization of human societies and how civilizations have evolved over time. Seshat is housed between the University of Oxford and the innovative think-tank, the Evolution Institute, Inc.

About the Institute of Economics and Peace
The Institute for Economics and Peace is an international research institute dedicated to building a greater understanding of the inter-relationships between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace. IEP is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation with offices in Sydney and New York.

Written by

Luke Feeney


January 7th, 2019

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