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Digital diplomatics and forensics: going forward on a global basis

Digital diplomatics and forensics: going forward on a global basis Purpose – The purpose of this study is to discuss moving forward on a global basis with digital diplomatics. Design/methodology/approach – This study fused a historic review of multiple fields to form a proposed future. Findings – Today, the metadata associated with digital record-keeping is largely based on the methods from the pre-digital age. It fails to take into account the underlying digital mechanisms and their unique properties. At the same time, digital systems already produce large quantities of redundant data that could be and has been used in consistency analysis. A rational improvement would be to use the nature of digital systems in conjunction with intentional redundancy to create metadata and other forms of redundant information that could be validated in diplomatic examination but would be hard to forge consistently by an internal act of alteration. Originality/value – This study uses a unique approach of fusing digital forensic science with digital diplomatics in the form of using inherent redundancy in digital records and metadata for consistency analysis as a means to fuse the fields. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Records Management Journal Emerald Publishing

Digital diplomatics and forensics: going forward on a global basis

Records Management Journal , Volume 25 (1): 24 – Mar 16, 2015

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0956-5698
DOI
10.1108/RMJ-03-2014-0016
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to discuss moving forward on a global basis with digital diplomatics. Design/methodology/approach – This study fused a historic review of multiple fields to form a proposed future. Findings – Today, the metadata associated with digital record-keeping is largely based on the methods from the pre-digital age. It fails to take into account the underlying digital mechanisms and their unique properties. At the same time, digital systems already produce large quantities of redundant data that could be and has been used in consistency analysis. A rational improvement would be to use the nature of digital systems in conjunction with intentional redundancy to create metadata and other forms of redundant information that could be validated in diplomatic examination but would be hard to forge consistently by an internal act of alteration. Originality/value – This study uses a unique approach of fusing digital forensic science with digital diplomatics in the form of using inherent redundancy in digital records and metadata for consistency analysis as a means to fuse the fields.

Journal

Records Management JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 16, 2015

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