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NCJ Number: 222503 Find in a Library
Title: Best Practices for Archiving Digital and Multimedia Evidence (DME) in the Criminal Justice System
Corporate Author: Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT)
United States of America
Date Published: April 2008
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT)
Washington, DC 20535
US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
Quantico, VA 22135
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation
Laboratory Branch
2501 Investigation Parkway
Quantico, VA 22135
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Guideline
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article addresses issues specific to maintaining an archive program for digital and multimedia evidence.
Abstract: This article provides guidance to interested criminal justice personnel concerning the best practices appropriate for the storage, preservation, and successful retrieval of digital and multimedia evidence (DME) from an archive environment. Findings show that a suitable archive will allow storage of data for long-term availability and retrieval and seek to familiarize the reader with issues surrounding archived DME, and suggested best practices for establishing and maintaining a formal program to achieve that purpose. The guidance cites the reasons to archive DME, identification of DME to archive, and briefly discusses the considerations for archive creation. These include standard operating procedures; physical plant concerns; security; hardware and software; various types of media used for DME; preservation of DME; and data transmission, management, and compression. The guidance also holds forth on issues concerning archive maintenance where differing or updated versions of hardware and software are involved, to including reverse compatibility and interoperability. In relation to this, conclusions are cited on data migration, media lifespan, and file formats. The article is based on existing practices employed and outlined in Scientific Working Group on Image Technology (SGWIT) documents referenced therein, and makes note of legal or departmental differences which may exist on record retention, purging, and issues which may be discipline-specific. References, notes
Main Term(s): Evidence collection; Evidence preservation
Index Term(s): Model programs; Science and Technology; Techniques
Note: From Forensic Science Communications, N 2, V 10, April 2008; downloaded April 29, 2008.
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