SJAC’s database is designed to preserve, catalogue, and facilitate the analysis of documentation of human rights, humanitarian, and international criminal violations. It archives videos, pictures, documents, and other files — along with Syria-specific metadata such as the source, location, time, types and methods of violations, and the actors involved. The database is also designed to reflect relationships between pieces of documentation relevant to common incidents and/or actors.
The SJAC database is governed by strict security and data-sharing protocols to protect the security of victims and those who report violations.
Developed with both English and Arabic user interfaces, the database uses open-source software, which will be made freely available for others to use and adapt.