Incident Report Submission

Add Single Incident Reports

We currently accept incident reports in a quick add form, which does not credit submitters, and the submit app which allows you to assign credit for the submission. Both types of submissions are a great help to preventing repeating history.

Batch Adding

If you have a large batch (i.e., more than 30) of incidents to add to the database, we can facilitate their import with a CSV format. The steps for getting many incidents batch added to the database are,

  1. Copy the example Google Sheets document.
  2. Columns B through J will be imported into the database and care should be taken to maintain their format. The first column, "Incident Number", will not be imported directly into the database but it is used when resolving reports to existing incidents. Incident numbers less than 10,000 are reserved for reports that should be associated with an incident already in the DB. Values equal to or greater than 10k are this spreadsheet's new incident counter. So if you want to import multiple reports for a single incident, then the incident number should be consistent across those reports.
  3. Fill in the columns with the following information,
    • title is the title of the report.
    • author(s) contains comma separated values of the authors of the report. Some reports will not have authors, in which case place the publication name in this field.
    • submitter(s) contains comma separated values for the people or organizations submitting the report.
    • incident date is the date in which the incident likely happened. Many times a report will be written about an incident that happened months or years earlier. Sometimes there will be ambiguity in when the incident likely took place, in which case it is OK to input a best guess. For incidents that are ongoing or had multiple occurances, the incident date should be the earliest known date.
    • date published is the date the report was posted on the web. Some publications do not have a publication date, in which case you should use the Wayback machine in support of when the publication was definitely added by.
    • date downloaded is the date in which the content was copy/pasted into the text column.
    • report address is the URL for the report.
    • image address is the image preview for the report. Capturing this generally requires either viewing the HTML of the web page and capturing static asset paths, or using a web page parser like NewsPlease.
    • text is the text of the report copy pasted out of the website.
  4. Email batchadd -at- with a link to your data.