Acquisition and preparation of data for OSINT investigations

GIBSON, Helen (2017). Acquisition and preparation of data for OSINT investigations. In: AKHGAR, Babak, BAYERL, P. Saskia and SAMPSON, Fraser, (eds.) Open source intelligence investigation: from strategy to implementation. Advanced sciences and technologies for security applications . Cham, Springer International Publishing, 69-93.

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Underpinning all open-source intelligence investigations is data. Without data there is nothing to build upon, to combine, to analyse or draw conclusions from. This chapter outlines some of the processes an investigator can undertake to obtain data from open sources as well as methods for the preparation of this data into usable formats for further analysis. First, it discusses the reasons for needing to collect data from open sources. Secondly, it introduces different types of data that may be encountered including unstructured and structured data sources and where to obtain such data. Thirdly, it reviews methods for information extraction—the first step in preparing data for further analysis. Finally, it covers some of the privacy, legal and ethical good practices that should be adhered to when accessing, interrogating and using open source data.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Series ISSN: 1613-5113
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
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Page Range: 69-93
Depositing User: Helen Gibson
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 10:18
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 22:00

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