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NCJ Number: 222146 Find in a Library
Title: Reuniting Families: An Online Database to Aid in the Identification of Undocumented Immigrant Remains
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:53  Issue:1  Dated:January 2008  Pages:50-53
Author(s): Lori E. Baker Ph.D.; Erich J. Baker Ph.D.
Date Published: January 2008
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes the online database created by the Reuniting Families (RF) project, whose mission is to aid Federal, State, and local agencies involved in the identification of deceased undocumented immigrants.
Abstract: The RF database (http://www.reuniting leverages existing open-source informatics technologies to collect and collate physical, phenotypic, and genotypic information from geographically dispersed agencies. The overall goal of the system design is to allow clients and administrators to search controlled data repositories in a two-tier format: general matches to physical evidence and specific identification based on molecular criteria. This two-tier approach is necessary because of the prohibitive cost of performing molecular tests on the large volume of public queries handled by RF. In addition to Web-based interfaces for data upload, searchers, and automated reporting, the RF data base system contains several tools that enhance its usefulness. These tools include stored queries, which allows the user to modify a query for future user-generated searches; multilevel user authentication; data uploads and automated reporting; and automated match discovery. This paper also describes database specifications. 2 figures and 12 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations; Death investigations; Immigrants/Aliens; Information Systems and Technology; Investigative techniques; Victim identification
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