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Digital & Multimedia Sciences

Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section members are engaged in research, education, practice or management in the field of Digital & Multimedia Forensics, which involves the forensic examination of digital and multimedia evidence. This may include digital device data captures, examinations, network analysis and the examination and comparison of digitized audio and video files. The main role of a practitioner in the Digital & Multimedia Forensics field is to objectively apply industry standard and scientific processing techniques to examine physical evidence and/or electronic data.

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One of the best decisions I made when embarking on my career as a digital forensic examiner was becoming a member of the Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Through this group, I was able to connect with other researchers, practitioners, and leading digital forensic experts who generously offered guidance throughout my first few years in the field. It's clear that the individuals in this section care about fostering research and recognizing contributions to the discipline, as well as encouraging new and experienced examiners alike to become more actively involved in the digital forensic community through opportunities to perform research or present alongside other knowledgeable examiners. I absolutely recommend that anyone interested in digital forensics apply for membership, as it is a great way to share information and experiences, make some friends, and grow as a professional!

- Nicole R. Odom
Trainee Affiliate

Digital Leadership

Marcus Rogers, PhD

Section Board Director
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Jason M. Paroff, JD

Section Chair
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Patrick A. Eller, MS

Section Secretary
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Who Should Apply for the Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section?

Individuals applying for membership in the Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section shall be engaged in research, education, practice or management in the forensic examination and comparison of digital & multi-media evidence. This includes network analysis, examination and comparison of digitized numerals, images, analog and digital audio and video. Those engaged in photography should review the requirements for the General Section.

SECTION REQUIREMENTS

Entry Level Categories

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Student Affiliate

Academy Requirements

Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program that would support a forensic science career.

Section Requirements

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Student Affiliate must be fulfilled; and
  2. Applicants must provide one (1) letter of reference from their department chair, program director, or academic advisor indicating that the applicant is enrolled in a program relevant to the forensic sciences.

Trainee Affiliate

Academy Requirements

  1. Completed the educational requirements, but not the experience requirements for Associate Member
  2. Must be actively working toward completion of the experience requirements through training program/employment that supports a forensic science career 

Section Requirements

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Trainee Affiliate must be fulfilled; and
  2. Applicants must provide one (1) letter of reference from their immediate supervisor indicating that the applicant is working in a program relevant to the section's area of interest.

Associate Member

Academy Requirements

  1. Actively engaged in the field of forensic sciences and has made a significant contribution to the cause of advancing forensic science
  2. Earned a baccalaureate or higher academic degree from a U.S. college/university accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies
  3. Has earned a baccalaureate or higher academic degree from a non-U.S. college or university bearing equivalent accreditation

Section Requirements

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Associate Member must be fulfilled; and
  2. Applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree and have five (5) years of experience in one of the forensic sciences within the scope of coverage acceptable to the section, or a master's degree and four (4) years of similar experience, or a doctorate degree and three (3) years of similar experience.
  3. NOTE: Past experience is counted if: (a) related to current forensic discipline field, and (b) was not required to obtain educational degree; and
  4. Demonstrate current involvement in the forensic discipline for which applying; and
  5. Two (2) letters of reference. One (1) reference must be from a full Member, Fellow, Retired Member, or Retired Fellow of the AAFS. The second letter may be from an AAFS member, or an acceptable reference from someone active in the forensic sciences. References must be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant's qualifications.
SECTION REQUIREMENTS

Promotion Categories

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WHILE SERVING AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER

To Member

Academy Requirements

  1. Attendance at the annual conferences and participation in the program
  2. Performs outstanding service in the execution of his/her regular responsibilities
  3. Contributions made to the AAFS or latest advancement as service to forensic science research
  4. Service in the area of forensic science education or training acquired throughout his/her career

Section Requirements

  1. Fulfill the AAFS Basic Requirements for Promotion, and any such additional requirements as may be established for its members; and
  2. Register and attend a minimum of two (2) annual meetings of the AAFS and one (1) Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Business Meeting. The meeting at which the title of Associate Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted; however, the meeting at which the title of Member is being considered shall not be counted (special consideration may be given for promotion after attendance at one (1) meeting if extenuating circumstances have prevented attendance for two (2) years and all other promotion requirements have been met); and
  3. Meet two (2) of the following requirements prior to the annual meeting at which promotion to Member is conferred. NOTE: At least one (1) of the contributions must be from category b. or c.:
    1. Participate as an active member or chair of a committee of the Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section of AAFS. One (1) year of committee work equals one (1) contribution. The committee chairs will submit a list of active members at the end of each year to the section chair, or
    2. Participate in the annual AAFS program by presentation of paper, poster, luncheon presentation, workshop or seminar, or moderating a routine Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section program session, or
    3. Author a paper on a subject relevant to the section's area of interest that is accepted for publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences or other peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings. This requirement is fulfilled if the applicant's name appears as an author on the paper. Letters to the Editor or Book Reviews will not be considered in fulfilling this requirement, or
    4. Participate as a site evaluator/Commissioner for Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC); or as a faculty member of a CSI Summer Camp or Forensic Science Educational Conference (FSEC) on two (2) separate occasions, and
  4. Demonstrate active work in the forensic sciences at the time the promotion application is filed.

References not required.

WHILE SERVING AS A MEMBER

To Fellow

Academy Requirements 

  1. Attendance at the annual conferences and participation in the program
  2. Performs outstanding service in the execution of his/her regular responsibilities
  3. Contributions made to the AAFS or latest advancement as service to forensic science research
  4. Service in the area of forensic science education or training acquired throughout his/her career

Section Requirements

While serving as a Member, the applicant must:

  1. Fulfill the AAFS Basic Requirements for Promotion; and
  2. Register and attend a minimum of three (3) annual meetings of the AAFS. The meeting at which the title of Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted; however, the meeting at which the title of Fellow is being considered shall not be counted; and
  3. Submit for review:
    1. Copies of two (2) recent (within 5 years) case reports; or
    2. Copies of two (2) first or second authored publications; or
    3. Copies of two (2) evidences of teaching or other contributions to applied anthropology with a forensic emphasis.

NOTE: Proof of activity from a, b, or c must have occurred since being elected to Member.

References not required.