Joshua Brunty, assistant professor of integrated science and technology, was recently nominated as one of 23 members of the newly formed NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) Organization for Scientific Area Committee (OSAC) on Digital Evidence.
Since digital evidence plays a growing role in a wide variety of crimes as cell phones, computers, GPS and other digital devices carry increasing amounts of information about everyday lives, in order to support development of standards and guidance for digital forensics, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Justice have named 20 experts to the Digital Evidence Subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).
NIST launched OSAC earlier this year to coordinate development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community. The Digital Evidence Subcommittee is the last of four in OSAC’s Digital/Multimedia Scientific Area Committee to be established.
The subcommittee’s experts in digital forensics and technology will develop and vet standards for test methods, techniques and protocols, training and more, all related to evidence stored or transmitted in binary form. The subcommittee will then recommend standards and guidance to the OSAC’s Scientific Area Committees and Forensic Science Standards Board, its governing body. Once approved, the documents will be included in an OSAC Registry of Approved Standards and its Registry of Approved Guidelines.
The new appointees were selected by members of the Digital/Multimedia Scientific Area Committee with the concurrence of NIST, the Justice Department and the Forensic Science Standards Board. Subcommittee members normally will serve three-year terms. Members of this initial group will serve two, three, or four-year terms.
The five Scientific Area Committees will hold public meetings Feb. 16 and 17 during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, in Orlando, Florida.
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