ON THE COVER: The growth in data—and the number of devices in which we create and store our data—means more electronically stored information for forensic experts to examine. But the most critical evidence may lie uner the data—in the metadata. See full article here.

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NIST Corner: OSAC Registry Grows with Addition of Standards and Guidelines

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science recently approved two new documents for inclusion on the OSAC Registry—a trusted repository of high-quality, science-based standards and guidelines for forensic practice. The addition of these documents—NFPA 921: National Fire Protection Association Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 - General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories—brings the total number of documents on the registry to three. An additional 151 standards and guidelines are in the works.

Product Review: The Evolution of the Police Notebook

About eight years ago, I began looking for technology that would enable police officers to trade their paper notebooks in for digital ones. I combed the internet and the only possibility I could find at that time was a company in Europe. I did make a wonderful contact there but two-factor authentication and the absence of Canadian Cloud storage stopped me in my tracks (at the time I had no idea what 2FA even meant).

Book Excerpt: Recovering Barefoot Evidence

An excerpt from Forensic Footwear Evidence by William J. Bodziak

Examining Metadata to Uncover the Truth

Smartphones and tablets have become fixtures in our lives for both work and personal use. With them comes an ever-growing digital universe—the network of people, organizations, and things connected via the internet—that is growing 40 percent a year according to research by International Data Corporation (IDC). By 2020, it’s predicted that there will be as many digital bits as there are stars in the sky.

Digital Photography Quick Guide

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department makes digital camera reference available to all.

Tool Kit: Documenting the Crime Scene

Here are some new products that can be used for crime or accident documentation.

Editorial: Thankful

As I wrap up this final issue of 2016, the Wordsmith Publishing team is getting ready to take a few days off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with our families and recover from a very busy few months. This seems as good of a time as any to look back at this past, transformative year, and ahead to 2017.

Disruptive Tech: The Rise of Augmented Reality Apps

In partnership with Nintendo, Niantic Labs created an augmented reality (AR) app, Pokemon Go, that is responsible for raising Nintendo’s stock and adding $7.5 billion to the company. Just two days after it was released on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, the app surpassed Tinder in downloads and Twitter in daily active users.

Getting Involved in Open Source Projects

Android. Linux. Mozilla Firefox. All three started out as open source projects, which offer a unique opportunity for programmers to hone their skills and gain experience collaborating with others on software development. But for beginning programmers, open source projects can seem daunting. That’s why we’ve put together a guide that shows you how to find open source projects and start contributing to them.

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

A new issue of Forensic Scholars Today (Volume 2, Issue 1) — an electronic publication by Concordia University-Saint Paul—features articles to help criminal justice and mental health professionals better understand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Forensic Scholars Today Editor-in-Chief Jerrod Brown shares some thoughts on the focus of this issue.


Item of Interest

The language barrier between English-speaking investigators and Spanish-speaking witnesses is a growing problem. (Updated 28 February 2011)