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.”

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