How the Hansken Community works

Our goal is to maximize the sharing of digital forensic knowledge and the bundling of innovation. To make this possible, we make Hansken widely available to law enforcement agencies and science institutes, national and international.

Parties contribute to the further development of the platform by joining the Hansken Community. Starting point for the community is that members share knowledge. The source of the supporting platform software is made available and members closely cooperate on the development of the platform and the forensic tools and libraries.

Members set up their own infrastructure on premise and are fully responsible for their implementation of Hansken. Members are allowed to extend their implementation with additional functionalities.

Membership for law enforcement agencies

Law enforcement agencies primarily use the platform for case investigations and where possible for innovation (R&D). 

They actively share (newly gained) forensic knowledge and developed functionality with all members of the community. After testing and acceptance, new functionality is added to the platform and the Hansken app-store, making it available to all users of Hansken.

Membership for research organizations

Research organizations get user rights to an cademic verison of the platform in order to use it for scientific research. They provide the Hansken organisation with license free right of use of R&D results. The Hansken organisation takes care of judging and possible embedding these R&D results in the platform.

Role of the Netherlands Forensic Institute

Hansken is owned and maintained by the Hansken Community and its organisation, in which the Netherlands Forensic Institute plays a key role. The Hansken organisation services the Dutch criminal justice system as well as the international Hansken partners.

Commissioned by the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service, the Hansken Community guards that legal and forensic principles are applied to newly developed functionalities. 

Way of working

For maintenance and operational costs, end-user licenses for the forensic tools and libraries developed by the Hansken-teams, are provided to law enforcement agencies. Licensees are responsible for their own implementation (on premise) and operational management of these tools and libraries.

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