- Winston Churchill
For users who are familiar with the "original" CRInfo, our What's New page explains what is new and what is coming. For users new to CRInfo, this page provides background on the system and explains what is available and how it can be useful.
In 1999, with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The CRInfo (Conflict Resolution Information Source) project was launched with the goal of providing a free, online clearinghouse of high-quality information related to conflict resolution. Within a few years of its inception, CRInfo had built a searchable database that consisted of thousands of conflict resolution and peace-related Web pages, books, journal articles, audiovisual materials, organizational profiles, events, educational and career opportunity postings, and news articles.
Over the years, CRInfo has been widely utilized by practitioners and scholars in the field of conflict resolution (and many related disciplines), and the project has partnered with numerous high-profile organizations to offer customized services for their constituents.
Now, with a 2012 grant from the JAMS Foundation, CRInfo is undergoing its most extensive upgrade in years. It now shares a database with Beyond Intractability (the other major project of the University of Colorado Conflict Information Consortium), so that the two projects may draw from each other's extensive resource collections, while simultaneously retaining their respective identities and offering the same high-quality, focused services that their respective audiences have come to expect.
Conflict Information Consortium
CRInfo was developed and is still maintained by the University of Colorado Conflict Information Consortium. The mission of the Consortium is to leverage the unique abilities of Web-based information systems in order to speed the flow of conflict-related information among those working in the field and the general public.
In the past, the Consortium has been involved in a number of projects which contribute directly to this goal. These include Beyond Intractability, the International Online Training Program on Intractable Conflict, the Environmental Framing Consortium on Intractable Conflict, the Stanford/Hewlett Theory Centers Conference on Intractable Conflict, the Civil Rights Mediation Oral History Project, and the Conflict Research Consortium Intractable Conflict Project.
The Beyond Intractability / CRInfo Knowledge Base
Created by a team of more than 400 distinguished scholars and practitioners from around the world, the Beyond Intractability / CRInfo Knowledge Base is built around an online "encyclopedia" with easy-to-understand essays on almost 400 topics. These essays explain the many dynamics which determine the course of conflict along with available options for promoting more constructive approaches.
The "executive summary" level material represented by the essays is backed up by dozens of core knowledge overviews that offer brief introductions to key topics and concepts, and by over 17,000 citations to recommended sources of more in-depth information from books, journal articles, news organizations, and other websites.
In addition, the Knowledge Base offers a large selection of case studies, "personal reflections" from individuals with intimate knowledge of high-profile conflicts, profiles of leading peacebuilders, and over a hundred hours of online audio interviews with more than 70 leading conflict scholars and intermediaries.