Volume 24, Issue 2 (April 1979)
A Data-Independent Information Retrieval System: A Solution for the Small Laboratory's Computer Needs
At some point in the development and operation of a forensic science laboratory the question of computerization will be considered. Studies on this question done several years ago provided the basis for the development of the Crime Laboratory Information Service (CLIS) program . The size and organizational structures of forensic science laboratories were found to vary greatly. Nevertheless, the study revealed a need or desire for computerization to provide analytical support, to provide statistics necessary to establish the uniqueness of a sample, to store and retrieve rifling specifications, to provide bibliographic information and references, and to provide a means of exchanging various types of information with other laboratories. The study recognized two general types of computer applications currently in use: support for instrumentation and management information systems.