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Standard Reference Data

 The forensic community uses NIST Standard Reference Databases to assist with accurate:

  • fingerprint matching;
  • genetic mapping and identity testing;
  • arson investigation; and
  • cybercrime investigation.

Some NIST data resources are freely available online while others are fee-for-purchase. Many are available through the NIST Data Gateway. In addition, NIST offers modeling software and other tools for forensic laboratories.




NIST SD 4 - 8-Bit Gray Scale Images of Fingerprint Image Groups

NIST SD 9 - NIST 8-Bit Gray Images of Mated Fingerprint Card Pairs Volumes

NIST SD 10 - Supplemental Fingerprint Card Data

NIST SD 14 - Mated Fingerprint Card Pairs

NIST SD 18 - NIST Mugshot Identification Database

NIST SD 27 - Fingerprint Minutiae from Latent and Matching Tenprint Images

NIST SD 29 - Plain and Rolled Images from Paired Fingerprint Cards

NIST SD 30 - Dual Resolution Images from Paired Fingerprint Cards

NIST SD 130 -  Short Tandem Repeat Database (STRBase)

Facial Recognition Tools and Research

Digital/Computer Forensics

NIST SD 28 - National Software Reference Library

Computer Forensics Tool Testing Project 

Computer Forensic Reference Data Sets


NIST Chemistry WebBook 

See a full list of NIST chemistry databases, software, and tools online at