Monthly Archives: August 2011

Country Reports on Terrorism 2010


Country Reports on Terrorism 2010 is an annual Congressionally mandated report that provides an assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired from January 1 to December 31, 2010. Besides filling a Congressional requirement, this publication aims to enhance the public’s understanding of the international terrorist threat. The report focuses on policy-related assessments, country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation, and contains chapters on WMD terrorism, State Sponsors of Terrorism, Terrorist Safe Havens, and Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

The report also includes a statistical annex prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center. The statistics show more than 11,500 terrorist attacks occurred in 72 countries during 2010, resulting in more than 13,200 deaths. Although the number of attacks rose by almost 5 percent from the previous year, the number of deaths declined for a third consecutive year, dropping 12 percent from 2009. For the second consecutive year, the largest number of reported attacks occurred in South Asia and the Near East, with more than 75 percent of the world’s attacks and deaths occurring in these regions.

 This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism. The 2010 report was released on August 18, 2011.


NYT & WNYC to Launch SchoolBook

A new project – SchoolBook – will launch on September 7th, 2011 – a collaboration of the New York Times and WNYC, which will be a site offering daily news, data, and discussion about New York City schools, including customized pages for each of the 1,700 pubic schools and 800 private schools in the city.

Sign up to get email notification when the site will be ready at:

In the meantime, do you need other NYC education resources for your beat reporting?  Try:

for statistics, data, and reports on schools.

Child ID App from the FBI


The just launched Child ID app—the first mobile application created by the FBI—provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.


New ESRI Virtual Campus courses

esri-logoThere are around 60 self-paced web courses available from ESRI to help learn GIS topics, concepts and ArcGIS software.

The courses on the list are free for all current Columbia University students, faculty and staff.

Some of the newer courses recently added are

  • Basics of Python (for ArcGIS 10)
  • Creating 3D Data Using ArcGIS 10
  • Distance Analysis Using ArcGIS 10
  • Managing Lidar Data in ArcGIS 10
  • Performing Spatial Interpolation Using ArcGIS 10
  • Using Raster Data for Site Selection (for ArcGIS 10)

See the DSSC ESRI Virtual Campus courses page for a complete list of available courses and more information on registration.

Back to School Stats


Did you know:

  • the average number of children participating each month in the National School Lunch Program in 2009 was 31.3 million
  • the number of classroom computers in the nation’s schools in 2005-2006 was 14.2 million (or one computer for every four students)?  
  • the per-pupil expenditure on public elementary and secondary education nationally in 2009 was $10,499, and in New York $18,126 per-pupil, the most among all states?
  • the average tuition, room and board at the nation’s four-year private colleges and universities for one academic year (2008-09) was $40,633, more than double the cost in 1990?

Find these and other interesting statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts for Features & Special Editions!