Producing an empirical data set large enough to efficiently compare, contrast, and validate forensic DNA computational systems is costly, labor-intensive, and requires the amplification of many samples that may not be readily available. In an effort to provide continued support to the forensic science community and to foster growth in both forensic research and operations, we announce the PROVEDIt initiative: Project Research Openness for Validation with Empirical Data.
PROVEDIt comprises 25,000 .fsa and .hid profiles as well as a suite of analysis, interpretation, and in silico software systems/procedures and models developed in a variety of environments by a multi-disciplinary, inter- institutional team. Computational tools are available for download on the Software page and profiles are available for download on the Database page.
This work was supported by NIJ2011-DN-BX-K558, NIJ2012-DN-BX-K050 and ARO RIF W911NF-14-C-0096 awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Defense, Army Research Office, Rapid Innovation Fund, respectively. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not reflect those of the Department of Justice or Department of Defense.