Overview of Accessing the NMDID Database and Searching

Overview of Accessing the NMDID Database and Searching

This webinar originally occurred on October 7th, 2020
Duration: 1 hour

The New Mexico Decedent Image Database (NMDID) is a new resource for research in any field that can draw on computed tomography scans of humans. The database contains de-identified scans of over 15,000 individuals; all were deceased at the time of scanning. Nearly all images are of complete individuals. The scans are supplemented by up to 69 in-depth metadata variables. These include basic demographic and descriptive information, such as sex, age at death, and cause and manner of death. Additional data may include occupation, hobbies, drinking, smoking, drug use, and many other lifestyle variables.

This first webinar provided a basic introduction to NMDID, including background on the team and a history of NMDID’s development. The rights and responsibilities of users were explained through an examination of the data use agreement. Website navigation was demonstrated.

The focus of this webinar was to show the kinds of data that are available and to demonstrate how to search the database, select cases, download metadata, and request and download scans.

Detailed Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Learn about the history and development of NMDID
  2. Learn the basics of how to acquire data from NMDID
  3. Learn how to most efficiently search the database, narrow their selection, review cases, and download metadata and scans.

Presenter: Heather J.H. Edgar, Ph.D., D-ABFA


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Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.

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