Project Aims

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The main goals of this project were:

  • to organize and analyse a thorough survey of all methods and procedures that are used by ENFSI members and other interested partners to handle forensic image and video enhancement casework, the type of casework and the number of cases, the software tools that are used, etc.
  • the creation of a single central repository (CR) that can be accessed by all ENFSI member institutes, and, if and where appropriate, also by non-member institutes, academic partners, etc. More specifically, the aim of this CR is to provide:
    • an overview of the existing state-of-the-art for both literature and software tools (commercial, academic, free/open source),
    • a database of images and video sequences that can be used for training, testing, comparing, validating and/or selecting new or existing software tools, and,
    • a collection of all other information relevant to the given problem.
  • the organisation of an international collaborative exercise with data samples similar to and derived from earlier casework (for legal reasons data from real casework will most likely not be available for redistribution. Hence, similar data will need to re-recorded by project participants.)
  • the organisation of an international workshop open to all researchers interested in FIVE with the specific aim of compiling an updated view on the current state-of-the-art, whilst also providing them with a real-life challenge dataset,
  • the composition of a best practice manual (BPM) and a study on further requirements related to standardization and accreditation issues in this domain (e.g., ISO17025, ISO27037, CMMI).

To a lesser extent this project also aimed to:

  • improve existing intra- and inter-networking activities with academic partners, police services, and all other interested parties, both within and outside Europe (see international workshop)
  • identify further needs in terms of both fundamental research and development, and practical software tools
  • identify further efforts needed to create a unified European approach to FIVE, especially with regards to standardization and accreditation

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