Technical Standards Workshops

May 2015 - September 2016


EVIDENCE WP5 ‘Technical Issues’ studies technological issues encountered in various European countries regarding digital legal evidence collection, preservation, and exchange. The task is to identify the best practices and produce guidelines for developing services and applications in this domain. It will also produce guidelines for users and how they should use the available applications to exchange such information.

These guidelines, specifications and protocols are to be put together into a technical specification document for exchanging digital evidence, and to be used to develop the necessary proof of concept to study the appropriateness and completeness of the proposed specifications with regards to the targeted end-user groups in the legal domain. The proof of concept is to include a prototype of a service for exchanging evidence and the design and prototype of user-friendly application for mobile devices such as tablets but also for command centre systems. In order to validate the proposed technical specifications and guidelines and test the developed proof of concept application, EVIDENCE team members  organise specific events targeting audience from end-user organisations and disseminate the results to specific related to the legal and cyber crime/computer forensic events.

Several workshops on technical standards/specifications and guidelines are organised during the duration of the project. The focus of these events will be the validation of the guidelines, standards and proposed specifications of evidence exchange systems.


Proof of Concept Validation Workshop in Brussels, 6 September 2016

A fourth (and final) technical standards meeting took place on 6 September 2016 at the CCBE premisses in Brusesels, Belgium. The main purposes of the workshop were to further discuss topics related to

  • integration possibilities between EVIDENCE proposed proof of concept application and the existing ICT/software systems in place and evaluate potential benefits on procedures that can be automated (fully or partially);
  • validation of the usage scenarios where a sequence of actions involving multiple stakeholders could be helped by the application;
  • evaluation of the technological solution for recording, handling and exchanging data and metadata of a digital forensic investigation;
  • evaluation on how the proposed solution could help keeping track of the appropriate data to include in the chain of custody log;
  • identification of further actions that end-users would like to see automated.

Full agenda of the event can be found here. Representatives of EUROJUST, Belgian federal police, CCBE, etc. with experience with digital forensics tools and matters, were present at the meeting.


EVIDENCE Workshop during DFRWS EU 2016 Annual Conference, 29 March 2016

The workshop agenda could be found here.


Technical Information Transfer Meeting at EuroJust, 14 July 2015

The meeting got together experts from EuroJust and CETIC discussing the EuroJust experience and lessons learnt with regards to EuroJust Network Architecture (in relation to s-Testa - secured Trans European Services for Telematics between Administrations), Eurojust Data Transfers with other relevant parties, and the s-Testa Architecture itself.


Roundtable on Electronic Evidence at EuroJust, 11-12 May 2015

This roundtable aimed to open debate about standard and technical issues related to the handling, processing and exchanging of electronic evidence involved in international criminal cases. Furthermore, open discussions took place on how the current legal and data privacy regulations impact the standard and technical aspects.

The end results from the roundtable discussions is to elaborate feasible approaches for evolving the legal and data privacy framework jointly with standards and technical solutions. These approaches aims for an improved efficiency of criminal cases while maintaining or even increasing the trustworthiness of the overall judicial system.

The first day of the workshop covered the basic legal scenarios involving electronic evidence, the evolution from base to complex legal scenarios and the future scenarios involving newer technologies. The second day was dedication to project technical views: summary of day 1 to technical stakeholders, electronic exchange data and meta data issues, challenges in constructing electronic exchange, and the project direction towards an electronic exchange centralised or federated system.

The workshop agenda could be found here.



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