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NIST seeks experts to help create standards for digital forensics

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking experts to help develop standards for digital forensics, a fast-growing field dealing with the recovery of evidence such as data on cellphones or computers for criminal or civil investigations.

The agency recently announced that digital evidence will be a focus within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees, or OSAC, which was formed earlier this year to strengthen the science of forensic evidence across a host of disciplines.

OSAC is an outgrowth of a collaborative effort that began in early 2013 with the Justice Department to replace an ad hoc system. The new body is expected to have more reliable funding, produce more specific and enforceable standards, and can measure the impact of its work, among other activities. It is expected to have more than 600 forensic experts and others from government, academia and industry.

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