Call for papers

Feb. 19, 2008

We are currently inviting the submission of full papers to the 1st Workshop on Open Source Software for Computer and Network Forensics (OSSCoNF), which will be held in conjunction with OSS2008, the Fourth International Conference on Open Source Systems. The conference will take place in September 7-10, 2008, in Milan, Italy. Workshops will be on September 10th, immediately after the main OSS2008 conference.

OSSCoNF aims at creating an informal, but selected academic venue to discuss the benefits (and drawbacks, if any) of using Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) for computer and network forensics, incident management and digital investigations.

It will allow participants to present and discuss technical issues, exchange research ideas, introduce new development projects (and new revision of existing projects), in order to foster the creation of a community of practitioners and (people from academia - academics) , and to promote the usage of FLOSS tools in computer and network forensics.

The main topics of interest for the workshop are:

  • FLOSS tools for Evidence Management
    • Tools for acquisition, collection, and storage of digital evidence
    • Tools for identification, authentication, integrity preservation of digital evidence
  • FLOSS tools for Analysis and Identification of Evidence
    • Tools for the analysis and search of digital evidence
    • Tools for cybercrime scenarios reconstruction, correlation and data mining applied to digital forensics
    • Tools for analysis of embedded or non-traditional devices such as cellphones, cameras...
  • FLOSS tools for analysis of cybercrime
    • Data mining systems for cyber-crime strategy analysis and modeling
    • Systems for data collection and monitoring of attack trends
  • FLOSS tools validation and test cases, or FLOSS validation approaches for proprietary tools
  • FLOSS tools for the automation of the forensic process and case management

We expect technical papers detailing implementation and validation of such tools, comparisons between open source and proprietary tools, and papers balancing benefits and drawbacks of open source and proprietary tools in digital investigation. While the main focus of the workshop is technical, papers dealing with legal and ethical issues will also be evaluated.

As the workshop theme is FLOSS, all the papers must describe tools that are publicly available under a free software or open source license. New tools are welcome, but the authors must commit to make them available under a suitable license before the paper revision process ends. Papers not related to FLOSS are subject to immediate rejection.

Format & submission

Papers should be formatted according to the guidelines for the main conference, as listed on:

Papers should be submitted by e-mail to: