Please note that this is my personal weblog. As such, a disclaimer may be a bit of overkill but I’ll provide one anyway.

TL;DR:  The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own unless otherwise noted. Information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers absolutely no rights.

I make every effort to provide accurate information, honest analysis and a balanced perspective. You will see lots of references and footnotes as and where they apply to the discussion.  Please use your discretion, however, before taking any decisions based on the information in this weblog. I will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you happen to suffer any loss, inconvenience, or damage because of, or while, making use of the information in this weblog.

Unless indicated in the text, the information provided in this weblog DOES NOT reflect the official thoughts, position, policies, standards, methods, intentions, plans, strategies or beliefs of my employer (the Canada Border Services Agency), the Government of Canada, the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, or any other agency, body or organization.

Although I have been a guest with the QD sub-committee within OSAC and involved in various other NIST activities, the views expressed here (to the extent that any have been expressed) are mine alone. They are not those of any organization, group, entity or agency. They are not necessarily shared by anyone within (or outside) of NIST, OSAC, any specific SAC, any OSAC Task Group, any OSAC Resource Committee, the Government of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, etc., etc.

Edits and Changes

My thoughts and opinions do change over time. I consider that a necessary consequence of having an open mind and a willingness to improve and expand one’s knowledge of the world.  Thus, individual posts in the blog represent a quasi-permanent snapshot in time. They are a manifestation of my thoughts and opinions at the time of posting. As a result any thoughts and opinions expressed in “out-of-date” posts may not the same, nor even remotely similar, to what I believe today.  I reserve the right to update old or out-dated posts as I see fit and may do so without explicitly announcing, stating, indicating or marking corrections made in this manner (as a rule, though, I will mention the edit in the post).

Comments relating to my blog posts are welcome and I encourage discussion, argument and debate. Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts. Each blog entry has a comments section for that purpose (or you can send me a message via my Contact Page).  However, please keep things civil and respectful.  Also, if there is a topic you think I might be able to answer, please contact me directly.  I will be happy to help if I can.

I also reserve the right to edit, restrict or delete any post or comment without providing an explanation or reason.  This is my blog after all.

Finally, if you wish to quote this information please provide a link-back and/or properly reference my website.  An acceptable format for citation would be something like:

Ostrum,  R. Brent.  “[Specific page title].”  Available online at (Accessed on:  [date downloaded] ).

Thanks very much.

Brent Ostrum.