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Special Databases and Special Software

NIST develops and provides as free downloads, or sells, Special Databases (SD) and Special Software (SSW). These databases contain digital data objects such as images, software, and videos. Other information about the SD and SSW products are available at the NIST Information Technology website, https://www.nist.gov/itl/itl-products-and-services.

Number

Title

Price

Special Database 2

NIST Structured Forms Reference Set of Binary Images (SFRS)

This database contains 5,590 pages of binary, black-and-white images of synthesized documents such as tax forms. Read More

Free download

Special Database 6

NIST Structured Forms Reference Set of Binary Images II (SFRS2)

This second database of structured forms has 5,595 pages of binary, black-and-white images of synthesized documents containing hand-printed information. Read More

Free download

Special Database 18

NIST Mugshot Identification Database (MID)

This mugshot database contains 3248 images of variable size and is used for developing and testing automated mugshot identification systems. Read More

Free download

Special Database 19

NIST Handprinted Forms and Characters

Handprinted Sample Forms from 3600 writers, including digits and upper and lower case letters, are provided in this database. Read More

Free download

Special Database 22

NIST TREC Document Database: Disk 4

The NIST TREC document database (Disk 4) consists of various newspaper and newswire articles that are used for the development and testing of information retrieval systems and for research on related natural language processing.  Read More

$90

Special Database 23

NIST TREC Document Database: Disk 5

The NIST TREC document database (Disk 5) has similar content to SD 22. Read More

$90

Special Database 26

NIST Digital Video 1

NIST Digital Video 1 is a public-domain collection of eight digital videos created to support the scientific comparison of solutions of digital video search, retrieval, and display. Read More

$50

Special Database 28

NIST National Software Reference Library (NSRL)

The National Software Reference Library encompasses a repository of all types of software and is used to assist in fighting crime involving computers. Read More

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Special Database 32 NIST Multiple Encounter Dataset (MEDS)

This multiple encounter dataset contains submissions of deceased persons and is used by the FBI and partner organizations in refining tools, techniques, and procedures for face recognition. Read More
Free Download
Special Database 33 NIST Test Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Cards 

A set of NIST Test Personal Identification Verification (PIV) Cards contains sixteen smart cards that are loaded with PIV Card Applications including test data and keys similar to what might appear on actual PIV Cards. Read More
$800
Special Database 300

Uncompressed Plain and Rolled Images from Fingerprint Cards

NIST, working with the FBI, has digitized 888 inked fingerprint arrest cards that were in various physical conditions, from pristine to badly damaged and faded, and were collected during law enforcement professionals' duties. This database contains images of rolled fingerprint impressions, slap impressions, and segmented impressions.  Read More

Free Download

Special Database 301 Nail to Nail (N2N) Fingerprint Challenge Dry Run

In April 2017, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) held a dry run for the data collection portion of its Nail to Nail (N2N) Fingerprint Capture Challenge. NIST collected biometric data from unhabituated individuals that is provided in this database. 
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Free Download

Created April 16, 2018, Updated September 13, 2019