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An extensible platform for the forensic analysis of social media data

Read, Huw; Xynos, Konstantinos; Sutherland, Iain; Roarson, Frode; Andriotis, Panagiotis; Oikonomou, George


Huw Read

Konstantinos Xynos

Iain Sutherland

Frode Roarson

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Dr Panos Andriotis
Senior Lecturer in Computer Forensics and Security

George Oikonomou


Theo Tryfonas

Ioannis Askoxylakis


© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. Visualising data is an important part of the forensic analysis process. Many cell phone forensic tools have specialised visualisation components, but are as of yet able to tackle questions concerning the broad spectrum of social media communication sources. Visualisation tools tend to be stove-piped, it is difficult to take information seen in one visualisation tool and obtain a different perspective in another tool. If an interesting relationship is observed, needing to be explored in more depth, the process has to be reiterated by manually generating a subset of the data, converting it into the correct format, and invoking the new application. This paper describes a cloud-based data storage architecture and a set of interactive visualisation tools developed to allow for a more straightforward exploratory analysis. This approach developed in this tool suite is demonstrated using a case study consisting of social media data extracted from two mobile devices.


Read, H., Xynos, K., Sutherland, I., Roarson, F., Andriotis, P., & Oikonomou, G. (2015). An extensible platform for the forensic analysis of social media data. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 9190, 404-414.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Acceptance Date Aug 2, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Print ISSN 0302-9743
Electronic ISSN 1611-3349
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9190
Pages 404-414
Book Title Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust
Keywords visualisation, social media, digital forensics, mobile device
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Third International Conference, HAS 2015, Held as Part of HCI International 2015