As Cal Lee—a researcher at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science—has noted, “The incorporation of digital forensics tool sand methods into archival workflows has changed the landscape dramatically. Digital forensics can help to advance a variety of digital curation goals and activities, including: creating authentic copies of data on disks; establishing a trustworthy chain of custody; capturing file-level metadata; and identifying personally identifiable information.”
This workshop is designed to help collecting professionals bridge the technical gap between the world of libraries, archives and museums and that of digital forensics. We will use the open source digital forensics tools integrated into the BitCurator Environment to apply these concepts in a real-world collecting institution setting. Specifically, attendees will learn how to create forensic images (bit-for-bit copies of data from external media), scan a disk image for sensitive information, generate digital forensics metadata at the disk and file level, and analyze the contents of a disk image using the BitCurator reports. In addition to software tools, we will discuss digital forensics hardware such as write-blockers and the hardware tools available for accessing data on legacy media.
Fees for this workshop are $75 for METRO and myMETRO members and $150. Laptops with all necessary software will be provided.