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ERIC Number: ED520389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 101
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 63
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9323-2637-6
Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections. CLIR Publication No. 149
Kirschenbaum, Matthew G.; Ovenden, Richard; Redwine, Gabriela
Council on Library and Information Resources
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 born-digital cultural heritage materials and those charged with collecting and maintaining legal evidence. A third purpose is implicit in the first two; namely, to serve as a catalyst for increased contact between expert personnel from these two seemingly disparate fields, hereby helping create more opportunities for knowledge exchange as well as, where appropriate, the development of shared research agendas. 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. The authors 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. Other possible audiences for this report include funders, depositors, and dealers, who will likely play an increasing role in valuating and brokering born-digital materials. Finally, the report ought to be of interest to scholars whose research necessitates the use of born-digital collections, and especially to textual scholars or to anyone interested in the technologies of documents or records and their storage and transmission. Appended are: (1) Forensic Software; (2) Forensic Hardware; (3) Further Resources; and (4) The Maryland Symposium. (Contains 5 figures, 12 tables and 43 footnotes.) [Research assistance was provided by Rachel Donahue.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Authoring Institution: Council on Library and Information Resources