Current Cites

This cite comes from the 10-21-12 issue of Current Cites.

Kirschenbaum, Matthew G., Richard  Ovenden, and Gabriela  Redwine. Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections  Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources, 2010.(http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub149abst.html). - It's unlikely that many cultural heritage specialists, such as archivists, are familiar with digital forensic techniques. This report suggests that, in an age where important source materials are increasingly born digital, they should be. As CLIR President Charles Henry says in the report's introduction: "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." The report examines key issues related to legacy hardware, software and file formats; unique and irreplaceable data; data authenticity; data recovery; and forensic costs. It also discusses ethical and privacy concerns, and it provides recommendations for further progress in the use of digital forensic techniques by cultural heritage workers. Descriptions of forensic hardware and software and further resources for study complete the report. - CB