- Content analysis
One common mistake made across the news reports I watched is that clarification/enhancement is analysis. To be sure, clarification/enhancement help observation and make it easier to form initial conclusions. To be part of a scientific method, they need to be reliable and repeatable. But they are not, of themselves, analysis."
In the American university system, a 101 level course is generally an introductory educational course. Thus, if you are taking a course entitled Image Analysis 101, it should contain a solid introduction to the domains of image analysis. As video can be considered a series of images, Video Analysis 101 should also contain these domains.
Now, add the word "forensic" to the title. Forensic Image (or video) Analysis 101 should contain introductory education in the analysis domains plus an introduction to "forensics." In this context, we mean using image/video analysis in legal matters. Thus, FVA 101 (or FIVA 101) should contain an introduction to the above domains within the context of the legal system for which the course is offered.
I find myself writing this in my hotel room in Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa. South Africa's Magistrate Courts have no jury to sway our story telling. The story telling aspect of forensics is irrelevant here. The work here is almost pure image/video analysis in that the work has to stand on its own. The analyst may be called upon by the court to explain a few technical things, but largely the evidence is simply submitted for inclusion in the trial. You don't see the type of long, drawn out testimony by experts that we see in the US. To me, that's refreshing.
The domains of image/video analysis are sciences in and of themselves. As students of the craft of analysis, it's up to us to assure that we're educated and proficient in what they are and not what some vendors would like them to be. Photogrammetry, as an example, obeys certain agreed upon rules. If you are working in photogrammetry, you should understand the science behind the tools that you are using. The same is true for all of the domains.
So what does this all mean? Where am I going with this?
- 101 = an introduction to the domains of image/video analysis
- 201 = intermediate topics in the domains of image/video analysis
- 301/401 = advanced topics in the domains of image/video analysis