Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Digital Forensics

CLIR has released a report called Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections. From the introduction:
The purpose of this report is twofold: first, to introduce the field of digital forensics to professionals in the cultural heritage sector; and second, to explore some particular points of convergence between the interests of those charged with collecting and maintaining borndigital cultural heritage materials and those charged with collecting and maintaining legal evidence. ...
There are deep historical connections between the emergence of archival science and the Roman law of antiquity, founded on concepts such as chain of custody. (The forensics of modern evidentiary standards is etymologically rooted in the forensics of verbal disputation—“forensics” comes from the Latin forensis, “before the forum.”)