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Fatalities

As a citizen,
I want to see a rolling list of fatalities incurred by armed forces per field of operation,
So that this information is fully transparent and comprehensive

This is a sensitive issue, and MOD have refined a way of publishing it which they are keen to replicate.

See the following Examples:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSheets/OperationsFactsheets/OperationsInIraqBritishFatalities.htm
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSheets/OperationsFactsheets/OperationsInAfghanistanBritishFatalities.htm

Detail (confirmed by MOD):

  • MOD need to be able to feature fatality notices prominently on the MOD homepage
  • There will usually not be a high quality image to use on the homepage or the item itself, but the MOD are going to handle this by photoshopping the images themselves.
  • There needs to be a list of all fatalities, and lists grouped per field of operation. Eg all Afghanistan fatalities on one page, with an introduction specific to that field of operation - ie there needs to be an admin interface to create a field of operation and input introduction text in markdown.
  • A Field of Operation may not correspond directly to a country, for example 'horn of africa' - we need a new concept in the system
  • The fatality notice itself is a short paragraph of text, listed in reverse chronology on the all fatalities list and the relevant field of operations.
  • 24 hours after, the fatality notice links through to a eulogy per person listed. The eulogy is a lot like a news article (MOD uses their news format), but will need to be a seperate type.
  • Only MOD writers/editors should be able to create these.
  • The 24 hour 'delay' is done manually: no pre-scheduling or automation needed.

Implementation notes:

  • We'll model fatality notices as a new edition type. Fatality Notices will be editioned to add the eulogies later.
  • We'll create a new FieldOfOperation model in the schema, which can only be associated with Fatality Notices.
  • Fatalities should show on the announcements index, with a filter
  • Link ministers too
  • Introduction text for the fatality notice to be displayed on the Field of Operation page is separate to the Summary
Background
Given
an organisation "MOD" has been assigned to handle fatalities
And
I am an editor in the organisation "MOD"
Scenarios
Editor adds field of operation
When
I create a new field of operation called "New Field" with description "Description"
Then
I am able to associate fatality notices with "New Field"
  • @not-quite-as-fake-search
Writer creates a fatality notice
When
I create a fatality notice titled "Death of Joe" in the field "Iraq"
Then
the fatality notice should be visible on the public site
And
the document should be clearly marked as a fatality notice
And
the document should show the field of operation as "Iraq"
Given
there is a fatality notice titled "Death of Joe" in the field "Iraq"
When
I link the minister "Nick Smith" to the fatality notice
Then
I should see the minister's name listed at the top
Citizen looks at field of operations information
Given
there is a fatality notice titled "Death of Joe and Jim" in the field "Iraq"
When
I look at the fatality notice titled "Death of Joe and Jim"
Then
I can view the field of operations information from a link in the metadata
And
I can see the roll call introduction of the fatality notice titled "Death of Joe and Jim"
  • @not-quite-as-fake-search
Citizen sees all fatalities in a filtered list
Given
there is a fatality notice titled "Death of Joe and Jim" in the field "Iraq"
When
I visit the list of announcements
Then
I can view the field of operations information from a link in the metadata
Only editors/writers from organisations which handle fatalities can create fatality notices
Given
I am a writer in the organisation "DFT"
Then
I cannot edit fields of operation
And
I cannot create new fatality notices
GDS editors can also edit fatality notices
Given
I am a GDS editor
Then
I can create a fatality notice

Last published about 4 years ago by David Heath.