Category Archives: Digital Forensics

Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections

In 2010 the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) published a paper titled, “Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections.” Written by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Richard Ovenden, and Gabriela Redwine the paper “examines digital forensics and its relevance for contemporary research…The applicability of digital forensics to archivists, curators, and others working within our cultural heritage is not necessarily intuitive. When the shared interests of digital forensics and responsibilities associated with securing and maintaining our cultural legacy are identified—preservation, extraction, documentation, and interpretation, as this report details—the correspondence between these fields of study becomes logical and compelling.”

http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub149/pub149.pdf

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Digital Records Forensics Project

As stated on the project’s website, “The Digital Records Forensics (DRF) Project is a 3-year collaboration (April 2008-April 2011) between the University of British Columbia’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), the UBC Faculty of Law, and the Computer Forensics Division of the Vancouver Police Department.” Some of the research objectives include developing methods that will allow the records management, archival, legal, judicial, and law enforcement professions to recognize records among all kinds of digital objects produced by digital technologies once they have been removed from the original system, and developing methods for determining the authenticity of records no longer in the original system and/or in the original format.

Check out the project website at http://www.digitalrecordsforensics.org/

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DROID (Digital Record Object Identification)

As stated on the project’s wiki, “DROID is a software tool developed by The National Archives UK to perform automated batch identification of file formats. Developed by its Digital Preservation Department as part of its broader digital preservation activities, DROID is designed to meet the fundamental requirement of any digital repository to be able to identify the precise format of all stored digital objects, and to link that identification to a central registry of technical information about that format and its dependencies.”  The wiki has downloads and documentation.

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/droid/index.php?title=Main_Page

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Digital Forensics and Digital Preservation

Check out the interesting blog post by Leslie Johnston at the Library of Congress about the interconnectivity between digital forensics and digital preservation where she discusses some of the relevant projects, software, and hardware.

http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2011/06/digital-forensics-and-digital-preservation/

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Digital Forensics Lab at Stanford University Libraries

Stanford University Libraries is building a new Digital Forensics Lab to help preserve and provide access to at risk digital archival material. As stated on their project website, “The new lab will consist of two forensic workstations with the ability to read a wide range of digital media such as floppy discs, CDs/DVDs, hard drives, computer tapes and most consumer types of flash memory.” This project may help those of us looking at ways to access and preserve data on older computers. Check out their most recent project updates:

http://lib.stanford.edu/digital-forensics

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