EDRM Collection Standards Glossary

The EDRM Collection Standards Glossary is a glossary of terms defined as part of the EDRM Collection Standards.

Notes storage facility (NSF)

  • Databases in IBM Notes, formerly Lotus Notes, are Notes Storage Facility (.nsf) files, containing basic units of storage known as a “note”. 1
  • A Lotus Notes mail container. 2
  • A Lotus Notes / Domino database, including email collections.

Physical target

When the forensic imaging process targets the entire physical drive or data storage media.

RAW Image File

A RAW image file is a bit-by-bit copy of data on a disk or volume, without additions, deletions, or metadata. Originally used by dd, the RAW image format is supported by most computer forensic applications. 1

Self collection

A process where individual custodians identify and copy potentially relevant files for discovery.

Structured Data

  • Structured Data is data that is organized. The most common type is database content. It refers to any type of data organized such as Internet data or other types of data that has been indexed. 1
  • Data that resides in a fixed field within a record or file is called structured data. This includes data contained in relational databases and spreadsheets. 2

System administrator

  • A system administrator, or sysadmin, is a person who is responsible for the upkeep, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems; especially multi-user computers, such as servers. 1
  • The person in charge of keeping a network working. Also referred to as sysadmin or sysop. 2


  • Pronounced yoo-niks, a popular multi-user, multitasking operating system developed at Bell Labs in the early 1970s. Created by just a handful of programmers, UNIX was designed to be a small, flexible system used exclusively by programmers. 1
  • An operating system developed by Bell Laboratories that offers multi-user functionality and uses high-level programs. On PCs, it is often marketed under the name Xenix. 2
  • A software operating system. Originally pioneered by Bell Labs – now widely used by workstations. 3


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