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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 www.nist.gov/srd/chemistry.cfm

Inventory of Forensic Databases and Reference Materials

In 2012, the Forensic Science Research Program, with sponsorship from the National Institute of Justice, conducted a survey of state and federal law enforcement agencies to develop a comprehensive list of databases, reference materials, and standard reference collections used by forensic scientists in laboratories at the state and local levels. The primary goal was to share information about existing data for forensic practitioners to share and use. The survey located 228 state, federal, and commercially run databases which are available to view here.