On the 29th and 30th of September the Evidence Final Conference took place in The Hague. The EVIDENCE project aims at establishing a common European Framework in the domain of digital evidence by providing a road map, consisting of guidelines, technical standards and recommendations to ensure a framework for the application of new technologies in the collection, use and exchange of evidence. As the field of digital evidence is quickly changing and technology is constantly developing, part of the project’s work is to consider legal solutions to ensure an effective criminal investigation and at the same time respecting European values as well as fundamental rights.
Since March 2014 the Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques at the National Research Council (CNR-ITTIG) in Italy under the lead of Dr. Maria Angela Biasiotti coordinates the project and thus exchange of knowledge and experience with several project partners, among them the Leibniz Universität Hannover/IRI. On Thursday, 29th Biasiotti gave her welcome speech in front of more than 90 people, which attended seven sessions leading to the final presentation of the EVIDENCE Road Map. The introducing presentations were given by the project partners followed by panel discussions of external experts.
Joseph A. Cannataci, University of Groningen, started with chairing a session on “The State of Electronic Evidence in Europe”, followed by a presentation about “Building Bridges between Different Actors” by Sabine Berghs, a Legal Officer at Interpol, which set the scene for session II chaired by Caroline Goemans-Dorny.
Christian M. Hawellek, research associate at the Institute for Legal Informatics, highlighted the privacy, data protection and international law dimensions of Evidence, which necessarily need to be taken into account, within the session on “Enhancing International Legal Cooperation” that was chaired by Professor Dr. Nikolaus Forgó. Sabine Berghs and Mattia Epifani, CNR-ITTIG, held a presentation on certification and professionalization opening the last session of Day I.
The next day, Fabrizio Turchi from the CNR-ITTIG provided an insight into the Evidence Project Tools Catalogue and the validation, followed by Mattia Epifani introducing “Setting Standards for Representing and Exchanging Evidence”. In the course of the project, a first prototype (proof of concept) of an evidence exchange application was developed that was presented by Nikolaos Matskanis, Centre of Excellence in Information and Communication Technologies (CETIC).
The conference has been the final get-together after 30 months of constant research, development and networking. Interested readers can find further information on the project website, www.evidenceproject.eu.