The BitCurator Consortium promotes the development of innovative, sustainable curation of born-digital materials by any organization responsible for caring for such materials. Our organizational vision is to address the articulated needs of the BCC community—training, collaboration, research, software development, documentation, integration, scripts—while advocating for the expansion of digital forensics practice worldwide.

BCC achieves its mission through the following activities:

  • Building a relationship network among archivists, curators, and librarians charged with preserving digital content
  • Hosting an annual forum
  • Compiling documentation and scripts
  • Conducting new research in digital forensics that addresses specific, practical member concerns
  • Developing advocacy and awareness materials and programs that articulate the unique value of digital forensics
  • Providing training and learning opportunities for professionals and students to develop needed skills and competencies
  • Gathering statistics that track trends, needs, and developments in digital forensics
  • Exploring collective arrangements that allow libraries, archives, and museums to negotiate effectively with key vendors

Strategic Directions

From the outset, the BitCurator Consortium has been defined by sharing, knowledge exchange, and community support.

Our membership spans boundaries of sector and space with members from libraries, archives, and museums sharing resources and exchanging knowledge in both virtual and in-person settings. These foundational characteristics have ensured our success and they remain at the center of all that we do, guiding the Consortium toward a more open, collaborative, and sustainable digital preservation future.

In the spirit of these foundations, our Strategic Directions 2018-2021 document outlines our priorities and activities over the next three years to ensure the sustainability, functionality, and ongoing relevance of the BitCurator environment, as well as the continued growth of digital forensics in cultural heritage institutions worldwide.

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Our Members

Membership in the BitCurator Consortium is open to institutions responsible for the curation of born-digital materials. We encourage you to contact us with any questions about the consortium.

Members

Charter Members

Code of Conduct

The BCC is committed to fostering an open, inclusive, and safe environment.

View BCC Code of Conduct


Committees

The activities of the BitCurator Consortium (BCC) standing committees support the mission of the BCC and provide oversight to ensure its programmatic goals are achieved.

Committees are comprised of volunteers from member organizations or as approved by committee chairs and will make an annual call for new members.

Active Committees

Inactive Committees

Staff

The BCC’s current administrative host, the Educopia Institute, is a nonprofit that advances cultural, scientific, and scholarly institutions by catalyzing networks and collaborative communities.

Ongoing support for administrative infrastructure, financial management, publicity, and scheduling is collectively supported by Educopia’s incredible administrative and communications staff for all Educopia-hosted communities.

History

Today’s libraries, archives, and museums actively acquire digital content in many forms and formats that demand attention and stabilization, from floppies to optical disks to hard drives.

To address these complex activities, the BitCurator open source software environment was developed under the leadership of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science and the University of Maryland, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.

Timeline

2010

2010

Publication of Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections (Washington DC: CLIR Report)

2011

2011

BitCurator project undertaken by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation

2012

2012

BitCurator Environment beta release

2013

2013

Publication of Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories (Washington DC: CLIR Report)

2014

2014

BitCurator Access project undertaken by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation

2014

2014

BitCurator Consortium formed

2015

2015

First BitCurator Users Forum hosted in Chapel Hill, NC

2016

2016

BitCurator NLP project undertaken by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation

2018

2018

BitCuratorEdu project undertaken by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and the Educopia Institute and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

2019

2019

Consortium grows to over 30 members