FIDEX to be Presented at the 2009 NIEM National Training Event

FIDEXgraphicNFSTC’s Forensic Information Data Exchange (FIDEX) project has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Training Conference to be held in Baltimore, MD, from September 30 to October 2, 2009. The presentation, “Leveraging Existing NIEM and XML Standards: the Forensic Information Data Exchange (FIDEX) Project,” will provide results of a pilot implementation of FIDEX and demonstrate how FIDEX can be used to share information among agencies, streamlining forensic case submission and case disposition processes.

“FIDEX allows agencies to share NIEM compliant evidence information which can make operations much more efficient,” said Mike O’Berry of the NFSTC. “For instance, crime labs often find themselves entering evidence information multiple times during the forensic case submission process. With FIDEX, law enforcement can exchange case data from their system with the crime laboratory information management system (LIMS) electronically, eliminating duplication of effort and increasing the efficiency of the entire process.”

The FIDEX team includes Aaron Gorrell of Waterhole Software, Robin Wilson Jones of NIJ and Mike O’Berry of NFSTC. The team will discuss how agencies and crime labs can start using FIDEX for their own jurisdictions.

NFSTC Offering Two Free Forensic Biological Screening Workshops for Crime Scene Investigators in Training


This event is for crime scene investigators in training, or with less than one year of experience. Candidates with more experience may be selected on a case‐by‐case basis and as space allows. This National Institute of Justice workshop will be held at the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) in Largo, FL (Tampa Bay area) November 16-20, 2009 and January 11-15 , 2010 with more dates to come.

Biological Screening Workshop attendees will learn:

  • Screening techniques for blood and semen
  • Use of alternative light source for locating biological stains
  • E vidence collection, documentation , and case processing skills

The workshop curriculum includes a written and a practical assessment, see the attached draft agenda. Travel arrangements and hotel accommodations are included and participants will be reimbursed at the standard government
per diem for the duration of the workshop. To register, use the links below:





Forensic Biological Screening Workshop link:


registration code: BIO1109

Sept 22, 2009
November  16-20, 2009      5 Largo, Florida
Forensic Biological Screening Workshop link:


registration code: BIO1110

October 5, 2009
January   11-15,  2010      5 Largo, Florida

NFSTC Hosts Trace Evidence Symposium (August 3-7)

TraceEvidencelogoOver 300 members from all sectors of the justice community convened in Clearwater Beach, Florida recently to attend the Trace Evidence Symposium. This five-day conference brought together expert researchers and practitioners from throughout North America and Europe to share the latest information on using trace evidence to investigate and solve crimes.

The symposium included presentations focusing on a broad array of evidence including automotive paint, polymers, pollen, spores, tape, lamps, fabric and other materials that could prove crucial to solving a case. Attendee response was very positive. One participant shared the following praise, “I have been in the field of forensic science for an astonishingly long time . I’ve attended the Trace Symposium twice and both times, I have found that this symposium has been among the very best technical conferences I have attended over the course of those many, many years.”

To view select presentations from the 2009 Trace Evidence Symposium, visit:

IACP Innovation Award for NamUs

NFSTC has been recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police with an Excellence in Technology Award for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). The NamUs system, launched in January 2009, provides central reporting for unidentified remains and missing persons records that is available to and searchable by anyone. By using 21st century, web-based technology at, a new way of solving missing persons/unidentified persons cases is quickly emerging.

Experts with years of experience in missing and unidentified persons investigations assisted in the development of the database, ensuring a system that can capture complete and relevant information. New missing persons cases can be added by law enforcement or the general public, be validated by case managers and be visible and searchable across the country in a very short turn-around time.

The IACP-iXP Excellence in Technology Award Program recognizes law enforcement agencies’ superior achievement and innovation in the field of communication and information technology. This international award program is designed to recognize leading practices through solutions that benefit law enforcement as a profession and innovative implementation of common off-the-shelf hardware/software.

Funding for this program is provided through a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.