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Where has this Hard Disk Been?: Extracting Geospatial Intelligence from Digital Storage Systems

  • Harjinder Singh Lallie
  • Nathan Griffiths


Digital storage systems (DSS) contain an abundance of geospatial data which can be extracted and analysed to provide useful and complex intelligence insights. This data takes a number of forms such as data within text files, configuration databases and in operating system generated files—each of which require particular forms of processing. This paper investigates the breadth of geospatial data available on DSS, the issues and problems involved in extracting and analysing them and the intelligence insights that the visualisation of the data can provide. We describe a framework to extract a wide range of geospatial data from a DSS and resolve this data into geographic coordinates.


Digital Forensics Geospatial data Geospatial intelligence Geocoding Geo-data correlation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)University of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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