The project has three major research areas including the definition of standard templates, creation and management of ECENTRE repository and the ECENTRE regional groups needs analysis
This is a very necessary early task to establish a set of standard forms/templates for artefacts/deliverables of the project. These may be modified and evolved later as the project progressess but standardisation is key in a situation where a large number of potential contributors to the ECENTRE Repository exist. It also represents an early opportunity for self-evaluation and review (activity 12) in allowing all partners to contribute comments and suggestions and taking advice from 2Centre partners (activity 13) and the wider advisory peer-review group (activity 14).
Key to the pupose of forming the ECENTRE network is to promote shared use of collective resources held in a flexible and secure form. establishing a degree of trust which is necessary before individual organisation may release sensitive materials is critical. The ECENTRE Repository is intended to be a safe secure home for materials which grants appropriate access and usage to users of the materials.
A key goal of the ECENTRE development (and the wider goals of the 2Centre project) is to raise the general level/standard of educational provision in the area of cybercrime forensics. The first goal of this task is to complete an internal audit of the expertise, facilities, educational programmes and opportunities available in each regional group within the national ECENTRE network and determine a roadmap pf improvement at the individual organisation, regional grouping and national levels. This is an important first step in the process in establishing credability within the 2Centre EU network as a Centre of Excellence and the way forward in sharing resources within these networks.