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National Institute of Justice Continuation Awards

Award Information

Award #
1998-IJ-CX-K003
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
1998
Total funding (to date)
$9,315,772

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 1998, $1,047,992)

Project Summary for 1998-IJ-CX-K003

During the period of this award, NCFS proposes to continue to fulfill the tenants stated in its Mission Statement where it provides research, education, training, tools and technology to meet the current and future needs of the forensic science, investigative and criminal justice communities. The activities proposed in this proposal involve performing research and related activities in the areas of Biological and Physical Evidence. Funds will be used to: 1) defray support costs for managing and generating focus-group feedback for the programs; 2) support costs related to research, development and technology extension in the area of forensic DNA, including projects involving: 2a) validation of Y-STR markers for operational use in
forensic laboratories; 2b) development and implementation of a national Y-STR Reference
Database; 2c) study of novel Y-STR markers and SNP markers; and 2d) development of a
speedy rape kit processing scheme which takes advantage of 2a) through 2c); and 3) support energetic materials projects including: 3a) the Ignitable Liquids Reference Collection; 3b) instrumental analysis of fiber dyes; 3c) research involving matrix effects on explosives recovery and detection; 3d) performance testing of commercial packaging for arson debris; 3e) development of new tests for peroxide-based explosives; and 3f) sponsorship of collaborative fire research with the ATF National Laboratory Center.

nca/ncf

Digital evidence is defined as information of probative values that is stored or transmitted in a binary form. Digital evidence includes digital text, sound, video and images. Digital audio and video (A/V) have been part of intelligence community and the forensic community. Currently there is no cohesive program to address the needs in A/V areas for the forensic science applications in crime laboratories. It is imperative to understand the current status of these two areas and to accurately identify the needs, if we are to address solutions in a strategic manner and with the least expense. A determination of the current status is the first step for both audio and video. The committee will develop a survey instrument and send it to the appropriate members of the two disciplines. A comparison between audio/video and computer forensics will be the baseline to determine if there are corresponding issues. Issues facing digital audio and video will be identified and the differences noted.

Digital evidence is defined as information of probative values that is stored or transmitted in a binary form. Digital evidence includes digital text, sound, video and images. Digital audio and video (A/V) have been part of intelligence community and the forensic community. Currently there is no cohesive program to address the needs in A/V areas for the forensic science applications in crime laboratories. It is imperative to understand the current status of these two areas and to accurately identify the needs, if we are to address solutions in a strategic manner and with the least expense. A determination of the current status is the first step for both audio and video. The committee will develop a survey instrument and send it to the appropriate members of the two disciplines. A comparison between audio/video and computer forensics will be the baseline to determine if there are corresponding issues. Issues facing digital audio and video will be identified and the differences noted.

Digital evidence is defined as information of probative values that is stored or transmitted in a binary form. Digital evidence includes digital text, sound, video and images. Digital audio and video (A/V) have been part of intelligence community and the forensic community. Currently there is no cohesive program to address the needs in A/V areas for the forensic science applications in crime laboratories. It is imperative to understand the current status of these two areas and to accurately identify the needs, if we are to address solutions in a strategic manner and with the least expense. A determination of the current status is the first step for both audio and video. The committee will develop a survey instrument and send it to the appropriate members of the two disciplines. A comparison between audio/video and computer forensics will be the baseline to determine if there are corresponding issues. Issues facing digital audio and video will be identified and the differences noted.

Digital evidence is defined as information of probative values that is stored or transmitted in a binary form. Digital evidence includes digital text, sound, video and images. Digital audio and video (A/V) have been part of intelligence community and the forensic community. Currently there is no cohesive program to address the needs in A/V areas for the forensic science applications in crime laboratories. It is imperative to understand the current status of these two areas and to accurately identify the needs, if we are to address solutions in a strategic manner and with the least expense. A determination of the current status is the first step for both audio and video. The committee will develop a survey instrument and send it to the appropriate members of the two disciplines. A comparison between audio/video and computer forensics will be the baseline to determine if there are corresponding issues. Issues facing digital audio and video will be identified and the differences noted.

Digital evidence is defined as information of probative values that is stored or transmitted in a binary form. Digital evidence includes digital text, sound, video and images. Digital audio and video (A/V) have been part of intelligence community and the forensic community. Currently there is no cohesive program to address the needs in A/V areas for the forensic science applications in crime laboratories. It is imperative to understand the current status of these two areas and to accurately identify the needs, if we are to address solutions in a strategic manner and with the least expense. A determination of the current status is the first step for both audio and video. The committee will develop a survey instrument and send it to the appropriate members of the two disciplines. A comparison between audio/video and computer forensics will be the baseline to determine if there are corresponding issues. Issues facing digital audio and video will be identified and the differences noted.

Digital evidence is defined as information of probative values that is stored or transmitted in a binary form. Digital evidence includes digital text, sound, video and images. Digital audio and video (A/V) have been part of intelligence community and the forensic community. Currently there is no cohesive program to address the needs in A/V areas for the forensic science applications in crime laboratories. It is imperative to understand the current status of these two areas and to accurately identify the needs, if we are to address solutions in a strategic manner and with the least expense. A determination of the current status is the first step for both audio and video. The committee will develop a survey instrument and send it to the appropriate members of the two disciplines. A comparison between audio/video and computer forensics will be the baseline to determine if there are corresponding issues. Issues facing digital audio and video will be identified and the differences noted.

During the period of this award, NCFS proposes to continue to fulfill the tenants stated in its Mission Statement where it provides research, education, training, tools and technology to meet the current and future needs of the forensic science, investigative and criminal justice communities. The activities proposed in this proposal involve performing research and related activities in the areas of Biological and Physical Evidence. Funds will be used to: 1) defray support costs for managing and generating focus-group feedback for the programs; 2) support costs related to research, development and technology extension in the area of forensic DNA, including projects involving: 2a) validation of Y-STR markers for operational use in
forensic laboratories; 2b) development and implementation of a national Y-STR Reference
Database; 2c) study of novel Y-STR markers and SNP markers; and 2d) development of a
speedy rape kit processing scheme which takes advantage of 2a) through 2c); and 3) support energetic materials projects including: 3a) the Ignitable Liquids Reference Collection; 3b) instrumental analysis of fiber dyes; 3c) research involving matrix effects on explosives recovery and detection; 3d) performance testing of commercial packaging for arson debris; 3e) development of new tests for peroxide-based explosives; and 3f) sponsorship of collaborative fire research with the ATF National Laboratory Center.

nca/ncf

The goal of this project is to provide support to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the presentation of computer training for state and local law enforcement and forensic science programs. nca/ncf

The National Center for Forensic Science proposal will be for DNA related research in biological evidence to continue the following projects, validate various Y-STR makers for operational use in forensic laboratories, develop and implement a national Y-STR reference database and study novel STR and SNP markers. The results of these three projects will be used to develop a "Speedy Rape Kit".
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The National Center for Forensic Science at the University of Central Florida in partnership with the Forensic Resource Network supports state and local crime laboratories in their efforts to establish and maintain the level of quality services demanded by the criminal justice system and the public. This is accomplished by providing innovative solutions to challenges facing the forensic science community through the delivery of technology based training tools, aid in systems support, and quality assurance products. This proposal will bring together personnel from law enforcement, forensic laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices throughout the United States. Guidelines will be developed for the use of various types of technology to aid in the determination of the identity of unidentified remains located at a scene.
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During the period of this funding proposal, NCFS proposes to support the consensus gathering for certification for digital evidence from professionals in digital evidence. The activities will include hosting of a second roundtable discussion of individuals from law enforcement and academia
concerning digital evidence certification and it will also host a national conference on Digital Evidence Certification. In addition to these two meetings, NCFS staff and contractors will make a limited number of trips to professional meetings to participate in discussions on digital evidence certification.

Digital evidence is defined as information of probative values that is stored or transmitted in a binary form. Digital evidence includes digital text, sound, video and images. Digital audio and video (A/V) have been part of intelligence community and the forensic community. Currently there is no cohesive program to address the needs in A/V areas for the forensic science applications in crime laboratories. It is imperative to understand the current status of these two areas and to accurately identify the needs, if we are to address solutions in a strategic manner and with the least expense. A determination of the current status is the first step for both audio and video. The committee will develop a survey instrument and send it to the appropriate members of the two disciplines. A comparison between audio/video and computer forensics will be the baseline to determine if there are corresponding issues. Issues facing digital audio and video will be identified and the differences noted.

Date Created: July 6, 1998