The Society of American Archivists (SAA) 2012 annual meeting was held a couple of weeks ago. One of the many courses offered by SAA addressed digital forensics. The emerging partnership between law enforcement and the archival enterprise continues to strengthen. This might seem unusual, but it has the potential to establish some best practices in extracting data.

This interesting new was found on CMSWire in their article, “Digital Forensics for Archivists.” Accordingly to Dr. Cal Lee, Associate Professor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

“Archivists are often responsible for acquiring or helping others access materials on removable storage media. Often information is not packaged nor described as one would hope. Information professionals must extract whatever useful information resides on the medium, while avoiding the accidental alteration of data or metadata.”

Melody K. Smith

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