New data products and technological devices can greatly improve casualty recording, by allowing for the fast recording of incidents, safe data storage, and easier sharing of information with different actors.
In addition, using more sophisticated software allows for elaborated statistical analysis that can better underline trends and features of the armed violence. Although it should be acknowledged that the latest in technological tools cannot be used in all situations, it remains nevertheless often a very accessible and relatively cheap way to enhance analysis of the data. Jamaica’s experience in using geospatial instruments to record crimes is but one example of how technology can support casualty recording. Platforms such as Ushahidi110 provide direct support to casualty recorders in setting up recording systems supported by the latest technology.
COUNTING THE COST: CASUALTY RECORDING PRACTICES AND REALITIES, p. 41