Open Source Intelligence Investigation

From Strategy to Implementation

  • Babak Akhgar
  • P. Saskia Bayerl
  • Fraser Sampson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

  3. Methods, Tools and Techiques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Helen Gibson, Steve Ramwell, Tony Day
      Pages 95-110
    3. George Kalpakis, Theodora Tsikrika, Neil Cunningham, Christos Iliou, Stefanos Vrochidis, Jonathan Middleton et al.
      Pages 111-132
    4. Tony Day, Helen Gibson, Steve Ramwell
      Pages 133-152
    5. Quentin Revell, Tom Smith, Robert Stacey
      Pages 153-165
  4. Pratical Application and Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Steve Ramwell, Tony Day, Helen Gibson
      Pages 197-211
    3. Fahimeh Tabatabaei, Douglas Wells
      Pages 213-231
    4. Elisavet Charalambous, Dimitrios Kavallieros, Ben Brewster, George Leventakis, Nikolaos Koutras, George Papalexandratos
      Pages 233-249
    5. Pál Vadász, András Benczúr, Géza Füzesi, Sándor Munk
      Pages 251-273
  5. Legal Considerations

About this book


One of the most important aspects for a successful police operation is the ability for the police to obtain timely, reliable and actionable intelligence related to the investigation or incident at hand. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) provides an invaluable avenue to access and collect such information in addition to traditional investigative techniques and information sources. This book offers an authoritative and accessible guide on how to conduct Open Source Intelligence investigations from data collection to analysis to the design and vetting of OSINT tools. In its pages the reader will find a comprehensive view into the newest methods for OSINT analytics and visualizations in combination with real-life case studies to showcase the application as well as the challenges of OSINT investigations across domains. Examples of OSINT range from information posted on social media as one of the most openly available means of accessing and gathering Open Source Intelligence to location data, OSINT obtained from the darkweb to combinations of OSINT with real-time analytical capabilities and closed sources. In addition it provides guidance on legal and ethical considerations making it relevant reading for practitioners as well as academics and students with a view to obtain thorough, first-hand knowledge from serving experts in the field.


OSINT against organised crime Dark Web Social Media Analytics OSINT Investigation Deep Web/Dark web Cyber security Homeland security National open source enterprise Intelligence collected from publicly available sources Terrorism and transnational crime OSCINT Intelligence derived from public information Security intelligence Open source intelligence techniques

Editors and affiliations

  • Babak Akhgar
    • 1
  • P. Saskia Bayerl
    • 2
  • Fraser Sampson
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Computing and Management SciencesSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Rotterdam School of ManagementErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West YorkshireWakefieldUnited Kingdom

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