FIGURE 5-1 Hypothetical national information resource. Data flow starts with forensic laboratories in various states that provide raw data. Data reduction process provides information to national information resource databank. Merged and reduced data are provided only to authorized users.

national information resource. Each state or region could have several participating local facilities, but for simplification it is recommended that each state or region have one official clearinghouse for locally derived information. Regional facilities could range from situations where a state has several laboratories serving a high-volume workload, as in California, to a regional group of states that each have only periodic and low-volume workloads. All the locally generated raw data and results would be stored

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