Digital forensics tools and methodologies in archival repositories
Digital forensics is a branch of forensic science focused on the recovery and investigation of data found in digital storage devices. Digital forensic tools and methods are primarily used by law enforcement and private firms but archival repositories are increasingly adopting these capabilities to assist with the acquisition, analysis, and preservation of digital archival material. This talk will provide an overview of how archivists are adapting and developing digital forensics to support core archival functions. The talk will present digital forensic tools and workflows used in archival settings and conclude by highlighting recent initiatives at the Dalhousie University Archives, including a comprehensive collection assessment that identified almost 3,000 digital storage devices at risk of obsolescence and the launch of a small Digital Forensics Lab that allows the Archives to recover and analyze archival material acquired on hard drives, floppy disks, and other digita! l storage devices. Preliminary results from the first acquisition processed in the lab will be presented.
Creighton Barrett is Digital Archivist at the Dalhousie University Archives and Lecturer at the Dalhousie School of Information Management.
Slonim Conference Room (#430), Goldberg Computer Science Building