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Monday, February 14, 2005

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Police Hail Fingerprint Scanner as Vital in Crime Fight THE SCOTSMAN, UK - Feb 10, 2005 ...portable units will enable officers to identify potential suspects and access criminal history while on patrol...

Agency to Hire Fingerprint Expert WHITTIER DAILY NEWS, TX  - Feb 10, 2005 ...tired of waiting weeks for investigators to process fingerprints, the city is turning to outside help...

'Dolly' Scientist Gets Human Cloning License   AOL NEWS - Feb 9, 2005 ...cloning human embryos and extracting stem cells to unravel the mysteries of muscle-wasting illnesses...

Let Your Fingers do the Talking on the Internet   MIAMI HERALD, FL  - FEB 8, 2005  ...introduced fingerprint readers will let you slip your finger onto a small oval every time a request for passcodes...


In April of 2002, the IAI and West Virginia University sponsored the Chicago Fingerprint Forum, a meeting held to identify and define several research initiatives. One such initiative that was identified and reported in the Detail 46 had to do with a sourcebook for friction ridge examinations:

Chicago Fingerprint Forum Recommendations
April 29-30, 2002

This forum recognizes the reliability of friction ridge identification as practiced during the last 100 years. As scientists, we encourage education of the judiciary and the general public on the existing theoretical and empirical foundations of friction ridge impression evidence. In addition, we encourage continued scientific research, and collaboration with the larger scientific community, to further investigate and strengthen those foundations.

1. Scientific Research/Study Friction Ridge Impressions

An initial project should take the form of the generation and publication of a sourcebook for friction ridge examinations[1], which would provide educational, training, and research resources for the international scientific community.

This week, SWGFAST is distributing the call for authors for this publication:

Request for Chapter Authors for the Friction Ridge Sourcebook

Section 1 - General Information

Executive Summary

The Friction Ridge Sourcebook is a joint project between the Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study, and Technology (SWGFAST) and the West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative (FSI). Although fingerprints have been used as evidence in criminal and civil cases since the early 1900s, there is no single authority or sourcebook that describes fingerprint history, morphology, methodology, guidelines, latent print procedures, AFIS, legal admissibility, and standard terminology.


A project director under the direction of a research coordinator will manage a team of editors, authors, and student research assistants to compile a comprehensive review of the literature and source materials into a single electronic publication. Experts in specific fields of the fingerprint science will draft individual chapters or portions of chapters that will be supported by bibliographical references that have been gathered by research assistants. The Sourcebook is intended to become the leading written authority on the science of fingerprints. It will be distributed to universities, law enforcement agencies, forensic laboratories, and to individual practitioners.

Section II - Proposal Specifications

The Project Director, Editor, and WVU Research Coordinator will select individuals from throughout the scientific community to serve as an Editorial Review Board in support of this initiative. The following additional positions are requested:

Chapter authors will be responsible for the completion of a single chapter of the manuscript. Chapter authors may use coauthors to assist with chapters that are very large or complex.

Section III Proposed Chapters

The following is a list of proposed friction ridge topics for the Sourcebook:

Background and History
Known Prints/Unknown
Legal Issues
Physiology and Morphology
Processing (Developmental Enhancement)
Comparison Methodology
Quality Assurance

Suggestions for additional topics will be considered by the Editorial Review Board.

Section IV Technical Requirements

The Project Director and Editor will make formal assignments to chapter authors and research assistants. Deadlines will be imposed to ensure that materials are forwarded in sufficient time to allow for comprehensive review, critique, and edit by the Editorial Review Board and the Editor.

Each Chapter Author will establish the content for the assigned chapter(s) and provide a general outline of his or her assigned chapter. Suggestions for modification or additional content may be provided by the Editorial Review Board. The Chapter Author may issue a list of research tasks for assignment to the West Virginia University student research assistants. Completed assignments will be returned to the author for review. All sources that are located by research assistants will be entered into the bibliography for the Sourcebook. Original sources that require review by the authors will be scanned and transmitted electronically to the author. Electronic copies of original source references will be included on the CD when copyright laws permit.

Chapter Authors will submit completed chapters to the Sourcebook Editor for review and critique by the Editorial Review Board. Chapters that require additional research or rewrites may be sent back to the authors.
Because a commitment to the timely completion of these chapters is an essential part of assuming the role of Chapter Author, a stipend will be offered to Chapter Authors.

The administration and publishing of this project is funded under a grant by the National Institute for Justice. The Sourcebook Editor is Alan McRoberts, the Project Director is Frank Fitzpatrick, and the West Virginia University Research Coordinator and grant administrator is Max M. Houck.

Those interested in being Chapter Authors should indicate their interest by March 15, 2005 to:

Alan McRoberts, Sourcebook Editor


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