Making forensic and policing based research openly accessible
KTN is looking at ways to link ForSci to the Innovation Database to help facilitate a ‚Äòone-stop-shop‚Äô for forensic professionals.
The UK has a wealth of forensic science research in its universities. ¬†However, as with academic research in other sectors, there can be difficultly getting this research out to the wider community. ¬†To help combat this problem a tool for practitioners, professionals and academics to disseminate research was launched in 2015. ¬†The tool was a searchable online, open-access repository of undergraduate and postgraduate project theses. ¬†Sadly funding for the platform was withdrawn in 2016, but after further negotiations the process of re-launching the repository has begun.
The hope is that in addition to providing a source of information and intelligence the project will:
- ‚ÄúProvide a platform of institutional collaborations and networks across academia and industry;
- Support research and development strategy in the criminal justice arena;
- Provide opportunity to facilitate the use of standard approaches to the research and in doing so make the data generated more robust for its use in the courts;
- Minimise research repetition and build larger statistically valid datasets for use and application to support casework;
- Provide an easy searchable database for a wide range of forensic and policing related topics as part of student projects.‚Äù
This project, ForSci, is being led by Rachel Bolton-King and John Cassella at Staffordshire University and Brian Rankin from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and current chair of the KTN Forensic Science Advisory Board. ¬†KTN is looking at ways to link ForSci to the Innovation Database to help facilitate a ‚Äòone-stop-shop‚Äô for forensic professionals, practitioners and academics.
To aid the development of the tool there will be a workshop taking place on the 29th June (10am to 4:30pm) at The Studio in Manchester. This workshop is an opportunity to contribute directly to the new tool and the organisers are looking for a range of perspectives. In addition to help develop the content for the workshop there is a short survey so even if you are unable to attend the workshop you can still be part of the process.
To access the survey (closing date 31st May) click here¬†
If you would like to register to attend the workshop (deadline 25th June) click here
If you would like more information on ForSci contact Rachel Bolton-King (R.Bolton-King@staffs.ac.uk)
For more information on the Innovation Database and forensic science activities at KTN contact Felicity Carlysle-Davies