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Biometric Special Databases and Software

This is a listing of test data produced by the Image Group for use in evaluating automated OCR, fingerprint classification/matching, and face recognition systems. Documentation files are postscript format compressed with the UNIX compress utility. The approximate sizes of the compressed files are indicated in square brackets.





Newest Items

  • Special Database 27A - Finger Minutiae from Latent and Matching Tenprint Images for 1000ppi imagery and has been made available for electronic distribution. This database is updated from Special database 27 which provided 500ppi imagery to research community. 
    Documentation [3.6K] Text File


Fingerprint Databases



  • Special Database 10 - NIST Supplemental Fingerprint Card Data (SFCD) for NIST Special Database 9 with include rolled fingerprints and harder to find fingerprint classifications like arch, tented arch and low count loops.
    documentation [1076K]


  • Special Database 14 - NIST Mated Fingerprint Card Pairs 2.
     Has 2,700 ten-print card pairs of rolled fingerprints (no plain impressions).
    documentation [1,020K]





  • NBIS - NIST Biometric Image Software


  • PCASYS - NIST Pattern-level Classification Automation System for Fingerprints.
    Included on NBIS CD-ROM


  • NFIS2 - NIST Fingerprint Image Software Version2.
    Included on NBIS CD-ROM


Mugshot/Face Databases



OCR Databases







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