We started another European Project: HOME/2012/ISEC/AG/CBRN/4000003800. Exchange of explosives data to make a comprehensive database through police laboratories cooperation

The exchange of information among police laboratories is important to improve their current methods and favour harmonization among laboratories. A secure website is proposed as platform to exchange explosives data in order to be incorporated in the databases of police laboratories and improve their capability for detection of explosives. This site is also an appropriate context to exchange other type of information since it is supported by the research group in forensic chemistry INQUIFOR (www.inquifor.com) and by members of the Forensic International Network for Explosives Investigation (FINEX).

The main objective of this project is to stimulate and favour the exchange of analytical data of explosives and their precursors between qualified institutions through a secured and limited access database. This objective will be achieved pursuing five specific goals: (i) designing a website containing a database enabling an easy and secure exchange of analytical data (ii) elaborating an initial database collecting available data for explosives and their precursors, (iii) collecting a comprehensive database of data elaborated following a “bartering philosophy” with associate partners and (iv) transferring the project results by using the web-site and the European Network of Forensic Sciences Institutes (ENFSI) and the FINEX meetings.

The ExCHANGE project will be coordinated by the UAH-IUICP and count with the participation of several associate partners who will exchange data and provide a feedback on the project. This project will have a duration of 24 months and the different activities that have been planned will be included in the following 5 working packages (WP). The first WP is destined to the management of the project and will include project planning and management of the proposal activities and progress towards the goals as well as the preparation of technical and financial reports and general paper work. A second WP will focus on the elaboration of an initial database with Mass Spectrometry (MS), Infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Х-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Liquid Chromatography coupled to MS (LC-MS), Gas Chromatography coupled to MS (GC-MS) and Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) data already collected for explosives and their precursors by UAH-IUICP and URI will be performed. Activities of this WP will be programming a wellstructured, organised, strong, flexible, scalable and web-manageable relational database; programming a clean-coded management module for bridging the webpage and the database; providing analytical data from UAHIUICP and URI; and typing the collected data into the database form. In a third WP, the design of a secure website containing a database enabling the easy exchange of analytical data using a “bartering philosophy”. Activities planned for this WP will include contracting a trusted and secure hosting plan; configuring a secure HTTPS domain; programming a clean malware-proof-code webpage; and using a clear, simple and user friendly interface. These activities will require a previous clear definition of the database information. The fourth WP will be focused to achieve a comprehensive database elaborated following a “bartering philosophy” with associate partners. To achieve this WP, three activities will be performed: programming of a clean-coded module for validating, bartering, importing and converting analytical data items uploaded by registered users; implementing and offering well-visible in-house Really Simple Syndication (RSS) news cast for users; and, finally, validating the database operability by associate partners. The fifth and last WP will be focused to transfer project results in order to expand database information.

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