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ANSI/NIST-ITL Standard Workshop 2013

held on January 28-30, 2013

at NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

This was the agenda for the conference. For those presentations that are available in electronic format, the hyperlink is in blue. (A special thanks to the New York City medical Examiners Office for providing GoToMeeting capabilities for remote participation in the Workshop for all three days). 


The workshop will provide an opportunity to review current developments on

Here is the link to the press release from NIST describing the workshop. http://www.nist.gov/itl/iad/biometrics-011413.cfm


Monday January 28th

09:00 – 9:30 Welcome and overview of the ANSI/NIST-ITL current status and the standards development process
Brad Wing
9:30 – 10:30 Ballistics Discussion   
Robert Thompson
10:30 – 11:15 NIEM and the XML Biometrics Domain
Will Graves, Justin Smith, Kamran Atri
11:15 – 12:00 Machine readable tables
Austin Hicklin              

12:00-13:00 LUNCH

13:00 17:00 Forensic Voice Supplement Update & Discussion
Jim Wayman

Tuesday, January 29nd

09:00 – 9:15 High level Objectives for the Mobile ID Session
Brad Wing
9:15 – 9:30 Department of Homeland Security Perspective
Patty Wolfhope / Eric Kukula
9:30 – 9:45 Use Case 1: RISC
Charlie Schaeffer
9:45 – 10:00 Use Case 2: Military applications
Ryan Triplett
10 – 10:30 Use Case 3: Coast Guard
Lt. David Barkalow / Ryan Bednar

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 - 11:00 Use Case 4: Forensic Fingerprint Imaging
Gary Nasello  
11:00 – 11:15 Use Case 5: Federal Protective Service
Vince Eckert
11:15 – 11:30 Use Case 6: Border Patrol
Paul Good
11:30 – 11:45 Use Case 7: Disaster Victim Identification  
Aaron Uhle / Brad Wing

11:45 – 13:00 LUNCH  

13:00 – 13:20 Use of the Standard within Biometric Web Services 
Cathy Tilton / Ross Micheals / Kevin Mangold
13:20 -14:00 Way Forward: Best Practice Recommendation / Application Profile / AN-ITL LITE standard
George Kiebuzinski / Brad Wing
14:00 – 15:30 Summary of Use Cases / Impact on Matching Systems and Databases / Discussion
Brad Wing / Scott Schockey / Justin Smith / Mark Branchflower / Diane Stephens / Geoff Whitaker / Ryan Triplett / Vince Eckert / Ryan Bednar / George Kiebuzinski / Gary Naasello / Patty Wolfhope / Paul Good / Charlie Schaeffer / Erik Kukula 

Wednesday, January 30th

09:00 - 12:00 Dental Forensics Supplement Discussion
Ken Aschheim

12:00 – 13:00 LUNCH

13:00 – 13:30 EZCodes for Dental procedures
Elisabeth Kalenderian
13:30 - 15:00 Disaster Victim Identification Best Practices
Brad Wing / Elias Kontanis / David Senn / Robert Barsley / Ken Aschheim / Naeem Ullah / Joe Pancaro
15:00 – 15:30 Stand off mapping technologies (forensic denstistry)
Michael Colvard / Carla Evans
15:30 – 16:00 Geographic references
Brian Finegold
16:00 – 17:00 Additional Topics and Open Forum
1000 ppi to 500 ppi compression
Shahram Orandi
Iris compression / IREX
George Quinn
Data security
Joseph Wyrwas / Tristan Lang
Other modifications and possible extensions to the ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011 standard

Major decisions that were made at the Workshop include:

  1. A Working Group will be established to pursue development of a database and data collection procedures for toolmarks, commencing with ballistic imagery. To join this Working Group, contact Robert.Thompson@NIST.Gov
  2. A Working Group will be established to discuss machine readable tables for implementation of the ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011 standard (including new Supplements). To join this Working Group, Contact hicklin@noblis.org
  3. The Supplement for Forensic and Investigatory Voice data is approaching consensus among its Working Group members. The next meeting will be held on March 22 at NIST. Prior to that meeting, an Updated version of the Supplement will be posted on the website. It is hoped that the text will be finalized at that session, so that it can be put out for a vote soon afterwards. 
  4. The day-long discussion on mobile identification resulted in several ideas for possible action. In order To determine which one(s) of them have enough support for further development, please contact Biometrics-editor@NIST.GOV to indicate which one(s) you would like to discuss further in a Working Group.

I)     Changes to ANSI/NIST      

 a.      Limit the required fields (up to not requiring Type-1 records)      

 b.     Simplify the XML implementation - An additional encoding, possibly more directly related to the traditional      

 c.      New encoding type derived from tranditional (e.g. JSON, YAML) 

II)     Outside of AN standard      

a.      Helper document defining a very limited subset of the existing XML (not changing the standard or  requirements, just limiting the complexity of implementation)     

b.     Application profile like LITS to enable state-state state-local transmission for mobile     

c.      Improve the best practices doc      

d.     Mobile requirements as a new formal standard tied to ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011 

  1. The Dental Forensics Supplement is nearing completion. There will be another Working Group meeting Held soon. The date will be announced on this website as soon as it is established. It is hoped that the next draft will be in such a state that it will be able to be submitted for a vote in a few months.
  2. A Best Practices Recommendations document will be developed for information technology specialists in order to effectively use the ANSI/NIST-ITL standard for Disaster Victim Identification. This will form a companion document to the BPR being developed by the Scientific Working Group for Disaster Victim Identification (SWGDVI) that has an intended audience of Medical Examiners and Coroners. To Contribute to this document, please contact Biometrics-editor@NIST.GOV
  3. The US Government has recently agreed to use a new set of location designators instead of the ISO 3166-1 standard's designators. The Department of Defense will draft a submission to reflect this new designation for appropriate places in the ANSI/NIST-ITL standard (primarily Type-18 and Type-11 records). DoD will ensure that the capability to use ISO 3166-1 designations will still be retained in the standard, in order to ensure backward compatibility and to accommodate non-US users of the standard. 
  4. NIST will provide suggested language to include in an update to the ANSI/NIST-ITL standard to reflect guidance on 1000 ppi to 500 ppi conversion for friction ridge images. NIST will also provide suggested language concerning best practices for iris compression.
  5. Noblis will provide suggested language for updates to include a new field for the Extended Feature Set, clarifications of existing text in the standard and other issues highlighed in its presentation. NIST will provide suggested text for revisions as a result of developing conformance testing tools for the standard.
  6. NSA will work with NIST to determine approaches to providing additional guidance on data security for ANSI/NIST-ITL payloads. It may be possible to include language directly in the upcoming revision.
  7. San Jose State University will provide suggested language for the introduction to the standard that will highlight the capabilities of the standard for forensics.
  8.  NIST will explore different approaches to combining the updates & additions to the standard to present them in the most usable and least confusing format. 
  9. Additional topics (such as transmission of 3D cast data from orthodontist offies to DVI sites) will be expored by NIST and subject matter experts for possible submission for inclusion in the upcoming update.

Once the content of the proposed Supplements / Corrections / Additional Explanatory Text has been Provided to the editor, he will compile them together for review in accordance with ANSI/NIST-ITL Procedures. If the resulting comments can be easily resolved, it will then be placed for a vote.

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