The need of forensicators to help preserve data in the digital age

Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections examines digital forensics and its relevance for contemporary research. The applicability of digital forensics to archivists, curators, and others working within our cultural heritage is not necessarily intuitive. When the shared interests of digital forensics and responsibilities associated with securing and maintaining our cultural legacy are identified—preservation, extraction, documentation, and interpretation, as this report details—the correspondence between these fields of study becomes logical and compelling.

There is a palpable urgency to better understanding digital forensics as an important resource for the humanities. About 90 percent of our records today are born digital; with a similar surge in digital-based documentation in the humanities and digitally produced and versioned primary sources, interpreting, preserving, tracing, and authenticating these sources requires the greatest degree of sophistication.

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