Comparing databases (and discovering just how far I have to go)

Since arriving in Mexico I have been steadily building a database of narcomensajes.¬† Over the course of several months, and working with different media sources, that base has grown by the thousands. It was never very clear, however, just how many messages I could expect to find. By one very rough estimate, I thought I… Continue reading Comparing databases (and discovering just how far I have to go)

The perfect source, and its difficulties

A core part of my research involves the collection of data on the¬†narcomensajes that have been appearing in Mexico since about 2006. Ideally, that data includes information about where and when the messages appear, contextual information such as whether the messages appear at a crime scene, and a full transcription of each message. There are… Continue reading The perfect source, and its difficulties