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OLES Standard Reference Databases for the Forensic Sciences

Biotechnology | Chemistry | Biometrics | Digital Evidence | Fire Investigation

Standard Reference Databases are useful to the forensic community.

Some of the databases are freely available online, others require a purchasing fee, and others must be purchased through a distributor.

The NIST Standard Reference Databases can be found at NIST Scientific and Technical Databases or by selecting the database names below.

The database link may be followed by a code. These codes are as follows:

  • PC indicates a PC product (most available for purchase, some are free)
  • DG indicates inclusion in the NIST Data Gateway - a portal providing access to many NIST scientific and technical databases. The gateway is searchable by keyword, property, or substance name.
  • Online indicates a free online system. 

Technical Contacts:

susan.ballou [at] (Susan Ballou)


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  • Biological Macromolecule Crystallization Database, Online, DG
  • HIV Protease Database, Online
  • Human Mitochondrial Protein Database, Online
  • MitoAnalyze, free download
  • PDB: The Protein Data Bank, Online, DG
  • Protein Data Bank, current release, PC, DG
  • Short Tandem Repeat DNA Internet Database, Online, DG
  • Thermodynamics of Enzyme Catalyzed Reactions, Online, DG


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  • Atomic Spectral Database, Online, DG
  • Atomic Weights and Isotopic Compositions, Online
  • ChemRate, free download CKMech, Online, DG
  • Computational Chemistry Comparison and Benchmark Database, Online
  • Database of Thermophysical Properties of Gases Used in the Semiconductor Industry, Online, DG
  • Desktop Spectrum Analyzer and X-Ray Database, free to download
  • Diatomic Spectral Database, Online, DG
  • Elemental Data Index, Online
  • Fundamental Physical Constants, Online, DG
  • Hydrocarbon Spectral Database, Online, DG
  • Lispix Program
  • NIST Chemistry WebBook, Online, DG
  • NIST Crystal Data, PC
  • NIST Database for the Isotopic Composition of Selected Atmospheric Constituents, Online, DG
  • NIST Gas-Phase Infrared Database, JCAMP Format, PC, DG
  • NIST Interactive Algorithm for Isotopic CO2 Measurements, Online
  • NIST ITS-90 Thermocouple Database, Online, DG
  • NIST Quantitative Infrared Database, PC, DG
  • NIST X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Database, Online, PC, DG
  • NIST/EPA/NIH Mass Spectral Library, NIST '02, ASCII Version PC, DG
  • NIST/EPA/NIH Mass Spectral Library: NIST '02, PC, DG
  • NIST/Sandia/ICDD Electron Diffraction Database, PC, DG


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  • Facial Recognition Technology Database (FERET), PC
  • NIST 8-Bit Gray Scale Images of Fingerprint Image Groups, PC, DG
  • NIST Digital Video Disk 1, PC, DG
  • NIST Dual Resolution Images from Paird Fingerprint Cards, PC, DG
  • NIST Fingerprint Minutiae from Latent Matching Tenprint Images, PC, DG
  • NIST Mated Fingerprint Card Pairs, PC, DG
  • NIST Mated Fingerprint Card Pairs II, PC, DG
  • NIST Mugshot Identification Database, PC, DG
  • NIST Plain and Rolled Images from Paired Fingerprint Cards, PC, DG
  • NIST Supplemental Fingerprint Card Data, PC, DG

Digital Evidence (Law Enforcement)

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  • Computer Forensics Tool Testing (CFTT) Project Web Site
  • NIST National Software Reference Library (NSRL), PC

Fire Investigation

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  • Fire Modeling Programs - fire modeling programs for download
  • Fire on the Web -fire related software and experimental data
  • Fire Research Information Services, Online
  • NIST FASTData Fire Test Database, PC, DG
Created February 18, 2010, Updated October 5, 2010