Mapping Digital Forensics Workflows in Collecting Institutions

Release Date: 
Sunday, August 12, 2012

For his thesis in 2012, Martin Gengenbach mapped the born-digital acquisition workflows at Duke University, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill, University of Virginia, and Yale University. Diagrams of the workflows have been extracted from this thesis and are hosted in the Workflows repository.

From the abstract:

This paper presents the findings of semi-structured interviews with archivists and curators applying digital forensics tools and practices to the management of born-digital content. The interviews were designed to explore which digital forensic tools are in use, how they are implemented within a digital forensics workflow, and what further challenges and opportunities such use may present. Findings indicate that among interview participants these tools are beneficial in the capture and preservation of born-digital content, particularly with digital media such as external hard drives, and optical or floppy disks. However, interviews reveal that metadata generated from the use of such tools is not easily translated into the arrangement, description, and provision of access to born-digital content.