You are being asked to participate in a research project carried out by the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. For this project, we will be collecting images of body modifications to establish a database which may aid in the identification of victims and missing persons, for example in a disaster.
By collecting a large number of images of tattoos, piercings and other body modifications, not only can we develop a more uniform way of describing those modifications but also establish how individualistic certain body modifications are within a population, social group or age group. For example, when someone is found with a tattoo of a dragon on the lower left leg, the database may be consulted to see how many people have a dragon tattoo on the lower left leg, and more specifically, how many of those have the same dragon tattoo in this location to establish how individualistic this body modification is. This information may help to indicate the identity of a person with more certainty when other (more conclusive) identification data, such as DNA and dental information, are unavailable.
The images may also be used to develop computerised image enhancement and automated image comparison techniques for body modifications to help in the victim identification process. The latter is useful when a photo of a missing person with a tattoo is available to compare with a number of photos of victims with similar tattoos.The database of images will be used to research and develop aids for the identification of victims in disasters and missing person investigations.
An amazing project - click the link for further details!
Nice gif animation based on the 1925 film Wege Zu Kraft und Schönheit - Ein Film über moderne Körperkultur (The Way to Strength and Beauty), a film on modern body culture by Nicholas Kaufmann and Wilhelm Prager.
Via Morbid Anatomy
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