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Updated Fingermark Visualisation Manual
by Rory Downham
Presented at the International Association for Identification's (IAI)
98th International Educational Conference - August 2013
  
The Home Office's updated
(3rd Edition) latent print processing guide (interactive electronic reference tool) is due for release in early 2014.  This new manual promises to be a valuable reference tool to aid in planning an optimal, integrated forensic approach. 
 
 

   
Evolution of Latent Print Development Techniques
by Robert Ramotowski
Presented at the International Association for Identification's (IAI)
98th International Educational Conference - August 2013

   

   
Latent Print Development and Identification Survey
by Robert Ramotowski and Didier Meuwly, PhD
Presented at the International Association for Identification's (IAI)
98th International Educational Conference - August 2013

  

   
Fingerprint Source Book
This UK source book was discussed by Rory Downham during his presentation about the Home Office's new Fingerprint Visualisation Manual at the International Association for Identification's (IAI) 98th International Educational Conference in August 2013
 

   
More IAI Presentations coming soon...



If you are a Fingerprint Professional, you should consider joining the IAI, The Fingerprint Society, or both.  Click here to
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AADHAAR   

World's Largest Database

As of May 2012, the Unique Identification Authority of India operates the world's largest fingerprint (multi-modal biometric) system, with over 200 million fingerprint, face and iris biometric records.  UIAI  plans to collect as many as 600 million multi-modal record by the end of 2014.  India's Unique Identification project is also known as Aadhaar, a word meaning "the foundation" in several Indian languages.  Aadhaar is a voluntary program, with the ambitious goal of eventually providing reliable national ID documents for most of India's 1.2 billion residents.

With a database larger than any other in the world, Aadhaar's ability to leverage automated fingerprint and iris technology enables rapid and reliable searching and identification impossible to accomplish with just fingerprint technology in such a large system, especially when searching children and elderly residents' biometric records.


The Philosophy of Friction Ridge Examination ...an interesting presentation by Boyd Baumgartner.  Here is a link to other vimeo presentations Boyd has created. 

 


Tips, Tricks and Best Kept Secrets (Universal Latent Workstation and NGI) presented 11 August 2011 by Jeff Carlyle at the 96th Annual IAI Conference .


Latent Print Development Techniques for Thermal Paper   presented 10 August 2011 by Aldo Mattei and Federico Cervelli at the 96th Annual IAI Conference.    
   


  
Chicken or the Egg: Process for Latent Prints or DNA First? presented 9 August 2011 by Diana Tabor and Karley Hujet at the 96th Annual IAI Conference.

 
 
Community of Fingerprint Experts in Columbia
(Espanol       -       English via Babelfish)
 


Fingerprint Sourcebook now available here.  This is the sourcebook many of us have heard about (and worked on) in recent years.
 

 
Get the Latest Version of Universal Latent Print Workstation (ULW 6.2.21)
... Even if you do not currently submit latent print searches directly to the FBI, you may Use ULW Extended Feature Set capabilities to help with casework documentation of Level 1, 2 and 3 information.  ULW now includes casework management tools.
 



 
SWGFAST Glossary and other Documents 

NIST Latent Fingerprint Home Page


NAS Report:  Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward

  

Access the 41-page Free Executive Summary here.

 

Report Description from the National Academies Press

"Scores of talented and dedicated people serve the forensic science community, performing vitally important work. However, they are often constrained by lack of adequate resources, sound policies, and national support. It is clear that change and advancements, both systematic and scientific, are needed in a number of forensic science disciplines to ensure the reliability of work, establish enforceable standards, and promote best practices with consistent application. Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward provides a detailed plan for addressing these needs and suggests the creation of a new government entity, the National Institute of Forensic Science, to establish and enforce standards within the forensic science community.

The benefits of improving and regulating the forensic science disciplines are clear: assisting law enforcement officials, enhancing homeland security, and reducing the risk of wrongful conviction and exoneration. Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States gives a full account of what is needed to advance the forensic science disciplines, including upgrading of systems and organizational structures, better training, widespread adoption of uniform and enforceable best practices, and mandatory certification and accreditation programs."

 

News Release on the report.

  

Access the report here

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Webcast of 18 Feb 2009 NAS briefing.

 


 

New forensic term after 18 Feb 2009 (?):  

Nif·ty [ níftee ]

adjective (comparative nif·ti·er, superlative nif·ti·est)

Definition:

1. compliant with National Institute of Forensic Science requirements.

2. stylish and good-looking: fashionable and good-looking

3. agile: good, quick, and clever at doing something or using something

4. very good: very good or effective



 

Click here to see news articles on this topic. 


Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community  Interesting documents online at the National Academies of Science Committee on Science, Technology and Law 


 

 

Presented by the FBI Laboratory at the IAI Conference on 18 August 2008

Right-click and download before opening these large files:

PDF Slides (2.4 Mb)

PowerPoint Slides (3.1 Mb)

 


See new Standards and Draft Standards from SWGFAST   


 

Position Paper on Latent Fingerprint Identification from the IAI...  29 Nov 2007, from the International Association for Identification.


 

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ACID YELLOW Development of Bloody Latent Prints on Dark Surfaces... 
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7 Jul 2007 IAI presentation, courtesy of the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory.

Right-click here to download the large PowerPoint version of this presentation, then open on your computer.

Right-click here to download the large PDF version of this presentation, then open on your computer.


Ninhydrin Development without expensive or dangerous solvents.  Research from Korea...


Major Case Prints DRAFT Card 
A new card for recording all finger joints/tips and thenar (base of palm) areas was drafted by SWGFAST

See images of the new card here.
 
The new card is intended to facilitate comprehensive record finger and palm prints (AKA Major Case Prints) when fully completed with existing FBI Fingerprint Card (Form FD-249 front and back ) and FBI Palmprint Card (Form FD-884 front and back ) records.   The new card form number is expected to be FD-884A.

 
MCP standardization will assist AFIS as more vendors design systems for handling all friction ridge areas of the hands.  





 
The Madrid Error Prints, including Algerian Ouhnane Daoud's record print, are online here .

The US Department of Justice's March 2006 documents related to the Madrid Error are online at
http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/special/s0601/PDF_list.htm

(Recommend downloading these files before opening from your computer).

Among other findings, the 330 page report criticizes the FBI Laboratory's Examination SOP, and SWGFAST guidelines, as repetitive, vague and general.  

The five-page conclusion from the report is available here
(much smaller file) .  
 
 
" The Myth of Goats : How many people have fingerprints that are hard to match?"
by Austin Hicklin, Craig Watson and Brad Ulery

Published as a NIST Interagency Report, NISTIR 7271



 


7 Sep 2005 Massachusetts Supreme Court Oral Arguments (swf file type) about Admissibility of Simultaneous Impressions RE: Commonwealth v. Patterson

New Hampshire June 2005 Daubert Challenge  

Another Simon Cole Article about Fingerprint Error Rates ...Cole begins by hinting that fingerprint testimony is similar to selling fake insurance policies (right-click to save and open this 94 page pdf document)

   

   

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New Books on AFIS and Biometrics

Peter Komarinski's AFIS
                                Book

 
Woodward's Biometrics
                                Book

 
Shirley McKie Case Update

  Click here for the latest details at
www.shirleymckie.com
 
Faulds Monument
Dr. Henry Faulds Monument in Japan

    
13 March 2002 Order from Judge Pollak
Judge Pollak Reversed Himself
US v LLERA PLAZA

Judge Pollak Reverses Himself
The Honorable Louis H. Pollak wrote:
Based on the foregoing considerations, I have concluded that arrangements which, subject to careful trial court oversight, are felt to be sufficiently reliable in England, ought likewise to be found sufficiently reliable in the federal courts of the United States, subject to similar measures of trial court oversight. In short, I have changed my mind. "Wisdom too often never comes, and so" - as Justice Frankfurter admonished himself and every judge - "one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late." (7 January 2002 Court Decision partially against fingerprints Court Decision )

PA v. Vikara, Convicted After Starrs' Testimony
Prof. James Starrs was called as an expert in the methodology of fingerprint comparison, but renounced much of his written report during cross-examination.  Hearing was October 22, 2001... Defendant convicted of 1st Degree Murder and Robbery... sentenced to death. Defendant died January 10, 2002 in the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, PA.

Critical Author's Opinion Ruled Junk Science
A New York state judge listened to testimony by Simon Cole about why he considers the science of fingerprint identification suspect... and ruled, ..."Even applying the Federal Court's Daubert Standard, what Dr. Cole has offered here is 'junk science"... 
( Court Decision ) ( Cole's Testimony )

Notorious Daubert Challenge - Bin Laden's Terrorist Tried It
After his April 6, 2001 conviction, Ahmed Ressam was known to most of us as just another criminal who failed in his bid to exclude incriminating fingerprint evidence. As Paul Harvey would say, we now know the rest of the story... 
 
 
A Statement Regarding Am eri can News Shows and Articles about Fingerprint Evidence Credibility in Court...


 

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