Project Brief

We applied our data-visualization technology to develop a dynamic, analytically powerful and customized data visualization platform to support the Institute for Interdisciplinary Conflict and Violence Research (IKG) and its institutional partners to map out, evaluate, and analyze hundreds of local initiatives focusing on prevention, de-radicalization, and disengagement from Islamist extremist groups and ideology across Germany. Using Keshif, the IKG and its institutional partners can easily and intuitively navigate across and analyze multiple local initiatives, identify potential blindspot regions that require interventions and re-allocation of resources, and use this information to assess the outreach of initiatives on the ground.

Early data and results from the project will be made publicly available around late 2019 on

About MAPEX Project

MAPEX is dedicated to a nationwide and scientifically interdisciplinary analysis of projects and measures in the field of universal, selective and indicated prevention and intervention. To this end, the research network conducts a quantitative survey of over 1,000 initiatives in Germany and draws them on a digital interactive map, enabling expert groups and interested parties to gain an overview of the prevention and intervention landscape. The integrated dataset can be sorted and analyzed by using specific filters and metadata across different categories. MAPEX is a joint research project of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Conflict and Violence Research (IKG) at the Bielefeld University, the Goethe University Frankfurt, the Institute for Islamic Theology (IIT) at Osnabrück University and the University of Applied Sciences in Münster.

The Challenge

The IKG and its research partners use multiple information streams to better understand the prevention landscape in Germany. They developed a detailed quantitative survey and qualitative research methods that include expert interviews and participatory observations to gather and triangulate data pertaining to geography, financing, resources, methods, impact, staff and other key information on local initiatives across Germany. They sought to bring together these data streams into a real-time analytics platform and display results in a way that it enables governmental and research institutions as well as actors in the field to get a snapshot/overview and detailed information on local PVE initiatives and easily analyze them through multiple angles of analysis across geography, time, and various additional categories.

Our Technical and Design Approach

We developed an elegant, user friendly and analytically powerful visualization solution that fits the MAPEX data and methodology.

  • We developed multiple thematic dashboards with interactive charts, and a rich, open-ended exploratory dashboard for use by researchers of MAPEX.
  • We designed rich interactive point-cluster maps that enable visual summarization of geographically close projects.
  • Our choropleth maps show project location and implementation regions at multiple scales, by state and district, on demand.
  • Our design solution reflects the look-and-feel theme of the main MAPEX website.
  • With set-matrix diagrams, our dashboard reveal relations between key areas of activities and field of prevention.
  • The dashboard solutions can be easily embedded into main project website, and include navigation within the solution.
  • The dashboards make use of Keshif's data processing scripts for raw survey data to apply project methodology and to generate data extracts that follow data privacy requirements.
  • Our solution supports multi-languages, with the ability to view data and dashboard in German or English.
  • We followed data privacy and hosting requirements set by the EU, German and partner regulations.


With the help of Keshif’s advanced and easy-to-use data-technology we were able to set up a first prototype at an early project stage. This helped us throughout the whole research journey, especially in the monitoring and analysis during the data collection phase. We were able to discover trends early in the process and tailor the visualization tool to our project’s needs at the same time. Also, Keshif’s on-topic expertise and methodological knowledge was greatly appreciated.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Zick, Director of IKG

About The Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence At Bielefeld University and Institutional Partners

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Conflict and Violence Research (IKG) constitutes one of the leading German academic institutes in the area of conflict and violence research. Situated at Bielefeld University, the IKG provides an overarching structure for interdisciplinary theory development and empirical research on politically and socially relevant phenomena of conflict and violence and their implications for social cohesion, participation, democracy and peace. Its core research clusters encompass Radicalization/De-radicalization, Discrimination/Equivalency, Integration/Marginalization, and Migration, Space and Social Change.

The IKG coordinates MAPEX in cooperation with its network of research and institutional partners that include the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the German Foundation for Peace Research,, the Saxon Police Force, Wegweiser e. V. in Düsseldorf, the LOEWE program and the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft religiös begründeter Extremismus. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.

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