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New CLIR Report “Digital Forensics & Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage 2010/12/22

Posted by nydawg in Digital Archives, Electronic Records, Information Technology (IT), Intellectual Property.
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Yes, it’s true: Digital Forensics makes an early foray into archival discourse with a look at the problems facing us with Web 2.0’s exponential growth in formats, mobile devices, distribution systems, operating systems, social media,

“… the emerging domains of Web and mobile forensics, driven by the recent and rapid rise of cloud computing and Web 2.0 services and mobile devices like smart phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Many high-profile individuals (writers, politicians, and others likely to become donors of personal papers) lead active online lives, participating in communities like Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Google (and using applications like Google Docs), Twitter, and even virtual worlds like Second Life. E-mail may be stored locally, in the cloud, or both. The challenges here are legal as well as technical: different Web services are governed by different end-user license agreements, and too often these do not include provisions for access even by family members or next of kin, let alone archivists. Remote backup providers like iDisk or Carbonite present the same issues. It is not difficult to foresee a time when hands-on access to a physical piece of media containing the data of interest will be the rarity for the archivist. Similarly, the growing popularity of smart phones, PDAs, tablet computers, and other devices with the potential to store all manner of information, including e-mail, text, video, voice messages, contacts, Web-browsing activity, and more, will present new challenges for the archivist in the not-too-distant future. Indeed, mobile forensics is already a major growth area in the commercial forensics industry and even in the consumer market, where readily available subscriber identity module (SIM) card readers facilitate the recovery of deleted contacts and text messages.” (p. 4)

It’s 104 pages long, and I’m not familiar with the authors, but it has two well-known and respected archival advisors including UBC’s Luciana Duranti and UNC’s Cal Lee.

Given these objectives, the primary audience for this report is

professionals in the cultural heritage sector charged with preserving
and providing access to born-digital content in their collections,
especially in manuscript collections and in archives. We also hope
that the report will be of some interest to those in legal or industry
settings, not least in terms of building awareness of additional constituencies
for their methods and tools. In fact, the distance between
the two fields may be overstated. 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.




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