New users of the International Futures (IFs) system are often overwhelmed by its massive and comprehensive set of data series, variables, and parameters. Those unfamiliar with forecasting, modeling, or data analysis may also have a hard time grasping IFs unique vocabulary and features.
The Pardee Center’s team of research assistants has made significant progress on its data collection of “diplometrics,” which include a variety of diplomacy measures. The team, so far, has compiled four different databases. One measures the number and location of foreign embassies by country over time. Another shows each country’s involvement in intergovernmental organizations (IGOs).
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures has an exciting year ahead. We’ll be releasing the last two volumes in our Patterns of Potential Human Progress (PPHP) series. The fourth volume, on infrastructure, will be released this spring, and the fifth and final volume, on governance, will be available by the fall.
As part of the center’s work with Oxfam International on their Future of Agriculture project, Dale S. Rothman will travel to Lima and Cuzco, Peru from March 17 to 24 to participate in scenario workshops. Oxfam and the Institute for Alternative Futures will organize the workshops, which will include participants from a range of other public and private organizations.
Mohammod Irfan has installed Import XLS Batch in the International Futures system, significantly speeding up the process by which researchers can add large data sets to the IFs historical database. This process will allow major data sets to be uploaded from Excel to IFs as a batch, rather than sheet-by-sheet, as our research assistants had done in the past.
The International Futures team finished the first round of data updates to the IFs modeling system using a batch-pull procedure, which was developed largely by Mohammod Irfan and vetted by Pardee Center research assistants.