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The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

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Making trace evidence databases more available

Trace evidence can be a powerful tool when investigators are provided with the necessary background information. This is where trace databases are so important, they provide the data required to determine if a material is commonly found or rare - and if a material is rare this can provide a strong link between two sources. However, while there are many databases in existence, covering a range of trace materials they are not always widely shared - and a lot of work can be duplicated by different laboratories.

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) is working to try and overcome this. In July they held an international workshop where trace evidence databases were discussed along with the steps needed to make them more useful and widely available. Workshop participants discussed ways to increased the power of trace evidence and representatives from NIST, FBI and the National Institute of Justice provided information on the databases that their agencies make available to the forensic science community.

Further information on the workshop can be found here, and the original article can be found here.

The work doesn't stop with the workshop - over the coming months there should be a roadmap for prioritising data expansion efforts for specific trace evidence types, and a "database of databases" that will list over 500 publicly available, online databases relevant to forensic investigations.

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