SWGDE Releases Drafts for Public Comment in July 2017

The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) released a number draft guidelines for public review and comment in July. Topics included Best Practices for Image Content Authentication, and Best Practices for Archiving Digital Multimedia Evidence.

Published: 2017-07-11 | Version: 1.0 Draft
The purpose of this document is to present a foundational framework on which to develop a Quality Management System (QMS) for Digital and Multimedia Evidence (DME) Forensic Science Service Providers (FSSP). This document is limited to identifying the primary components of a QMS and is not intended to identify specific minimum requirements.Published: 2017-07-11 | Version: 1.0 Draft
The purpose of this document is to present a foundational framework on which to develop a Quality Management System (QMS) for Digital and Multimedia Evidence (DME) Forensic Science Service Providers (FSSP). This document is limited to identifying the primary components of a QMS and is not intended to identify specific minimum requirements.le for comment for a minimum of 60 days following their posting date.

 

Here's a full list of the draft guidelines released in July:

SWGDE Best Practices for Image Content Authentication
Published: 2017-07-11 | Version: 1.0 Draft
The purpose of this document is to provide best practices for forensic practitioners when examining images for content authentication. For the purposes of this document, “imagery” can refer to a series of images depicting the same subject, or a video.

SWGDE Best Practices for Archiving Digital and Multimedia Evidence
Published: 2017-07-11 | Version: 1.0 Draft
The purpose of this document is to familiarize the reader with issues surrounding data archiving and suggest best practices for establishing and maintaining an archiving program.

SWGDE Recommendations for Cell Site Analysis
Published: 2017-07-11 | Version: 1.0 Draft
The purpose of this document is to provide recommendations on the use of Historic Cell Site Location Information (HCSLI) contained in Call Detail Records (CDRs) when conducting Cell Site Analysis (CSA). This document provides information and recommended guidelines for using HCSLI contained within CDRs to conduct CSA. It is intended for analysts who have training, knowledge, and experience in using these investigative techniques.

SWGDE Mobile Device Photography for Comparative Analysis Position Paper
Published: 2017-07-11 | Version: 1.0 Draft
The purpose of this document is to define the SWGDE position on the use of mobile device cameras to take images of items, where that image will be subjected to comparative analysis (e.g., latent prints). This document is specific to images captured by investigative organizations.

SWGDE Guidelines for the Testing and Capture of Latent Impressions Using a Camera or Scanner
Published: 2017-07-11 | Version: 1.0 Draft
The purpose of this document is to describe a procedure to ensure that a digital camera or scanner can capture an image of latent print evidence at an achievable resolution that enables recording of level three detail.

SWGDE Framework of a Quality Management System for Digital and Multimedia Evidence Forensic Science Service Providers
Published: 2017-07-11 | Version: 1.0 Draft
The purpose of this document is to present a foundational framework on which to develop a Quality Management System (QMS) for Digital and Multimedia Evidence (DME) Forensic Science Service Providers (FSSP). This document is limited to identifying the primary components of a QMS and is not intended to identify specific minimum requirements.

SWGDE Establishing Confidence in Digital Forensic Results by Error Mitigation Analysis
Published: 2017-07-19 | Version: 1.7
The purpose of this document is to provide a process for recognizing and describing both errors and limitations associated with tools, technique, and methods used to support digital forensics. This is accomplished by explaining how the concepts of errors and error rates should be addressed in digital forensics. It is important for practitioners and stakeholders to understand that digital forensic techniques and tools have known limitations, but those limitations have differences from errors and error rates in other forensic disciplines.

 
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