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The importance of vocabulary

Over the past few days, a discussion has been forming on the GCFA mailing list regarding the use of the word evidence. Specifically, how appropriate is it to call a hard drive (or more logical construct such as a file) "evidence" when it may turn out that the object will serve no purpose in conclusively resolving an investigation? Is it evidence, or is another word more apropos?

Reading the dialogue reminded me once again of the importance of vocabulary, particularly in technical fields where clear, precise communication is an operational imperative rather than merely a creative expression or embellishment. While it may seem academic, mutual agreement on the use of these critical terms serves as the basis for communication in computer forensics. The more clearly defined our language is, the more effective and efficient our communications will be. Even in the first-person, definitions carry great significance, influencing no less than the very way that we

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