The TextCrimes project is a collaboration within Aston University between the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics and the Aston student software company, Beautiful Canoe.
The Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL) is a world-leading research institute at Aston University, dedicated to improve the delivery of justice through the analysis of language.
Beautiful Canoe is a not-for-profit, student-run software development group that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aston University and operates from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The TextCrimes project arose out of discussions between students and staff of both schools and aims to provide a research resource and analysis tools for researchers and students in the field of forensic linguistics.
TextCrimes is part of the Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD), which is a wider project within the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics. FoLD will provide a permanent, controlled access online repository for malicious communication data, investigative interview data, and forensic evidence validation data for both speech and text.
Through TextCrimes.com, we are providing tagged data sets of malicious communications which can be downloaded or examined using an integrated set of search and analysis tools.
We use the term malicious communications broadly to include text types and genres that cause harm including but not limited to abusive and threatening communications.
To access the TextCrimes database we will need to provide you with logon credentials which can be requested through the Contact page.