Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence

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The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) brings together organizations actively engaged in the field of digital and multimedia evidence to foster communication and cooperation as well as to ensure quality and consistency within the forensic community.

If these are your interests, we would like to welcome you to our site. We hope you will find the information found within to be of benefit.

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Mary Horvath, Chair
Federal Bureau of Investigation

James Darnell, Vice Chair
US Secret Service


- The six new Approved documents from the January 2018 Meeting have been posted to the website. ~ 4/25/2018

- The four new Drafts for Public Comment from the January 2018 Meeting have been posted to the website. ~ 4/17/2018

- The announcement for the June 2018 Meeting in New Brunswick, NJ, with hotel and travel guidance, has been emailed out to all members and approved guests. If you are a member or approved guest and did NOT receive the meeting announcement, please email the Chair. Anyone planning to attend the meeting must RSVP by MAY 20th.
(If you are new to SWGDE and would like to attend, you must first submit a Guest Attendance Request and receive approval. Guest Attendance Request forms are located on our Membership page.) ~ 4/3/2018.
SWGDE is actively encouraging new membership! Learn about attending a meeting as a guest or applying for membership.
Newest Publications
SWGDE's most recent published documents are:
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Computer Forensic Acquisitions
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Data Acquisition from Digital Video Recorders
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Digital and Multimedia Evidence Video Acquisition from Cloud Storage
Provide Feedback
SWGDE seeks feedback from the DME community on our drafts for public comment:
  • SWGDE Vehicle Make-Model Comparison Form
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Image Authentication
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Digital Evidence Collection

Myth of the Day

Compressed multimedia evidence is the best method of sharing and archiving because of reduced space.
Category: All DME Myths
Lossy Compression of multimedia is achieved by removing data that cannot be recovered. Therefore, all multimedia evidence should be archived and shared as uncompressed (as reasonable).
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