Toolmark analysis had been criticized for having little scientific basis in determining whether known toolmark and an exemplar came from the same tool in forensic science. In order to strengthen the scientific basis for discriminating these toolmarks, the research group is building a statistical foundation for discriminating these toolmarks using statistical models that already exists under the R program.

This website is to give access to the scientific community a large collection of toolmark data in order to assist in developing and improving the science behind toolmark and firearm analysis. We want to encourage other researchers to share their ideas and findings with the scientific community as well. We hope that other researchers will contribute to our database in the future.