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
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.
BCC Executive Council, standing committees, and staff work collaboratively while seeking input from BCC membership to guide the community in making progress towards its goals.
The BCC charter was developed in 2014-2015 and revised via a community participation and voting process in 2020.
This elected group provides top-level leadership on critical decisions, formalizes documentation, and ensures ongoing programmatic success.
Committees and Groups
The activities of the BitCurator Consortium (BCC) standing committees and groups support the mission of the BCC and ensure our programmatic goals are achieved.
Committees and groups are comprised of volunteers from member organizations or as approved by group chairs and will make an annual call for new members.
Active Committees and Groups
- Documentation & Training Committee
- Membership Committee
- Program Committee
- Software Development Committee
- Python Study Group
- Educators Membership Working Group
- Code of Conduct Committee
- Email Working Group
- Start Up Committee
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 administrative and communications staff for all Educopia-hosted communities.
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.