The BitCurator environment is a Ubuntu-derived Linux distribution geared towards the needs of archivists and librarians.

It includes a suite of open source digital forensics and data analysis tools to help collecting institutions process born-digital materials. BitCurator supports positive digital preservation outcomes using software and practices adopted from the digital forensics community. The BitCurator Consortium provides ongoing support for the development and usage of the BitCurator environment.

Here are some ways to engage with the BCC and the BitCurator documentation maintained by the community:

  1. Read the BitCurator Quickstart Guide to get up to speed on installing and using BitCurator
  2. Check out the BitCurator Wiki for full community documentation on the BitCurator environment
  3. Find community-contributed workflows, documentation, presentations, and case studies on the Resources page
  4. Attend a BitCurator Users Forum to engage with other users of the BitCurator environment – you don’t need to be a BCC member to attend!

Additionally, the resources below may be of interest to BitCurator users.

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Session 3: BitCurator

Jamie Patrick-Burns, State Archives of North Carolina; John Richan and Sarah Lake, Concordia University; Grace Muñoz, UCLA

Leveling Up on Preservation: Using BitCurator Reports to Better Preserve State Archives Materials Jamie Patrick-Burns, State Archives of North Carolina In 2020 the State Archives of NC (SANC) adopted a “levels of preservation” document to standardize preservation actions for electronic records. These actions include generating … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Session 4: Troubleshooting

Nick Krabbenhoeft, Ben Turkus, and Alison Rhonemus, New York Public Library; Caroline Gil Rodríguez

Restart It Again: Troubleshooting in Context Nick Krabbenhoeft, Ben Turkus, and Alison Rhonemus, New York Public Library; Caroline Gil Rodríguez Troubleshooting isn’t something that should be approached haphazardly. And unfortunately, there is little available training in how to bring systematic thinking to solving problems in … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Session 5: Access and Discoverability

Shelly Black, North Carolina State University; Annalise Berdini, Princeton University; Greg Cram, The New York Public Library; Satya Miller, University of Ottawa

Virtual Reading Rooms: Remote Access in Ethical and Responsible Ways Shelly Black, North Carolina State University; Annalise Berdini, Princeton University; Greg Cram, The New York Public Library Virtual reading rooms provide remote, mediated access to digitized and born-digital archival materials held by cultural heritage institutions. … Read more →

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