Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

Verifying the time and place is often the most challenging piece of information to confirm as these pieces of information are affected the most by re-reporting of information by different sources. In other words, as information gets passed along, parts of the information may be misinterpreted, revised or completely left out as it moves from one source to the other.

When verifying the time and place, it is important to keep the following considerations in mind:

Date Format

In some places, for example, “09/08/12” may be interpreted as 9 August 2012 while the norm is other places would be to interpret this as 8 September 2012. The format of dates differs from place to place. Someone may receive information time stamped in one form, but may re-report that information using local norms for dates.

date and place example

In this online dialogue, Sara, who has immigrated from Iran, claims it’s her birthday, while her friend from Iran is puzzled and is claiming that her birthday is tomorrow. The dates on Gregorian and Islamic Calendars shift a day during leap years.