On March 23rd the end results of the ‘Digital Evidence Dashboard’ project were presented during the final symposium ‘Digital Research in Criminal Investigations’ at The Hague Security Delta (HSD) Campus. Around 60 attendees from the police, special investigations services, private forensics examination offices and educational institutions were informed about the results that were achieved by this project.
The symposium started with an introduction by the DED project leader (John Rassin from In-Pact) explaining the motivation for the project, the goals, the approach and the parties involved. The introduction ended with an informative DED video that has been produced in the course of the project.
During the official opening, HSD Deputy Director, Joris den Bruinen, launched the new DED demo website. In his opening speech, Joris stated that the DED project has risen from third to first; third in the selection of interesting initiatives at the grant application back in 2014; and first of the project grant pool to present its results.
Furthermore, Joris stressed that the DED project clearly illustrates the power of the Triple Helix thesis, i.e. that there is a potential for innovation and economic development through collaboration between University, Industry and Government. This is one fundaments of the HSD campus.
Emil Langendoen (In-Pact) outlined the organisational aspects of digital forensics in law enforcement that had become clear during the project and what recommendations followed from these aspects. He shortly touched upon the following:
- What sort of cases can the DED be used for
- Current bottle necks in existing work methods (and the possibilities on how to be more efficient and effective)
- Process implementation choices
- Potential topics for (additional) investigator training
Design of the DED
TNO’s responsibility within the project included the development of concepts, creating designs for the DED, and the evaluation of these concepts and designs by end users in two Proof of Concept sessions.
The presentation outlined the step-by-step creation of practical designs that met with the following objectives:
- Keeping Oversight (progress monitoring and adjustment possibilities)
- Analysing Data (also with the help of automated analysis)
- Recording Findings (throughout the application, in a simple way)
- Collaboration (both tactical researchers and digital experts
For each of these four objectives, the evaluation results (from the Proof of Concepts with end users) were presented.
Marco de Moulin (Tracks Inspector) demonstrated parts of the DED that have actually been implemented in a DED prototype. This prototype was built on a version of the Tracks Inspector software and is publically available for trials on the demo site of the DED. An account can be requested through www.digitalevidencedashboard.com.
After the presentations by project team members, potential users were invited to speak. Three representatives from the participants in the Proof of Concept were asked to take part in a panel discussion.
The panel consisted of Jos Peekel (Team leader from Police North-Holland), Rob ten Voorde (tactical investigator from Police East-Holland), and Jelle Berkhout (digital forensics expert, Police East-Holland), who were able to respond and interact to a very lively discussion with the attendees which were present for the event. The relationship between the tactical investigator and the digital expert was of particular interest.
The symposium was closed by Hans Henseler (Tracks Inspector) with a presentation in which he outlined the benefits and possibilities of the DED design in the (near) future.
The DED concepts will not only become visible in future versions of Tracks Inspector the DED concepts can also be added to other software. Law enforcement organisations that struggle with the enormous growth of digital evidence and the lack of digital forensics experts can benefit from DED training and consultancy.
Drinks & Networking
The afternoon concluded with networking. While enjoying some drinks and snacks, an extensive exchange of opinions and thoughts on the DED and its possible applications were voiced amongst the attendees.
All presentations and project flyers are available for download from In-pact’s website.
This project was made possible by the municipality of The Hague and
The Hague Security Delta.