This is a data-driven narrative about the U.S. drone campaign in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, & Yemen. Written & developed by UCLA digital humanities students using drone-enabled airstrike data from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
DRONE WARS is a group project completed for an introductory digital humanities course taught at UCLA during the fall quarter of 2018, under the direction of Dr. Ashley Sanders Garcia and Craig Messner.
Students were tasked with using humanities methodologies to critically analyzing a publicly-accessible database of their choosing. The final project challenges students to make a critical argument about their data & present it in narrative form.
Our group chose a combination of four datasets from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism regarding the U.S. drone campaign in four different countries.
Website development comes with a lot of responsibilities to those who use it. In honor of accessibility, we took design measures to provide an inclusive learning environment.
We recognize that color blindness poses as an obstacle with particular respect to UI design and data visualizations. In our project we aimed at including high contrast typefaces, buttons, and visual descriptors and used monochromatic images and video to make our site both beautiful and accessible.
For our readers who use an application that reads what is on screen to them: we have tried our best to keep our information architecture as simple as possible with no drop down menus, we use skip-ahead buttons allowing for easy page navigation, and use descriptive hyperlinks. We hope you find your navigation of this site a pleasant experience.
Limiting our information architecture unfortunately results in very long pages. In order to make navigating these pages easier, we concentrate skip-ahead buttons at the top these pages.
Sound-based information isn’t accessible to all users. In order to ensure all parts of our project was accessible to those with hearing impairments, there is no use of audio on this site.