Full Schedule Now Online!

Emily Sommers

The BCC Forum Committee is pleased to announce that the 2024 BitCurator Forum (March 19-22) schedule is now online at https://bitcuratorconsortium.org/forum/#schedule This year’s Forum features sessions on a number of great topics including: Applying factors to select appropriate digital archives tools How to curate and … Read more →

Session 1

The Interconnectedness of All Things St John Karp, Pratt Institute It is in the nature of documents to be interrelated. The traditional finding aid presents documents in a flat or hierarchical structure, but documents’ true nature is a web of interconnected relationships. An archivist working … Read more →

Session 7

Enhancing Use of Born-Digital Collections Using ARCH Karl Blumenthal and Sarah Beth Seymore – Internet Archive Understanding how cultural heritage practitioners can utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance access to born-digital collections is a massive barrier to exploratory investigation of AI/ML tools and … Read more →

Session 6

Facing Climate Realities: Digital Curation and Climate Change Sibyl Schaefer, UC San Diego The world is warming at an unprecedented speed and no one is putting on the brakes. A large reason for this is the entanglement of fossil fuel production and our financial systems. … Read more →

Session 5

The Relational Possibilities Data Art Project: Remixing, Decolonizing, and Connecting Digital Community Archives and Data Science Dana Reijerkerk, LEADING Fellowship, Drexel University and Temple University Libraries kYmberly Keeton, PhD Candidate, University of North Texas This talk explores the relational possibilities between art, data science, generative … Read more →

Session 3 – Lightning Talks

New Archivist at Work: Developing a Digital Preservation Program Doreen Dixon, Drake University There is always an adjustment period when starting a new job and learning new skills. Managing the learning curve associated with this adjustment period might include activities such as finding support, asking … Read more →

Session 4

Tool Assessment and Selection: The DANNNG Tool Selection Factors in Action Dianne Dietrich, Cornell University Library; Elizabeth-Anne Johnson, University of Calgary; Keith Pendergrass, Harvard Business School; Farrell, Duke University Libraries While digital archives practitioners often chose between a prescriptive set of software tools for their … Read more →

Session 2

Digital Archiving in the BitCurator Era: Perspectives from SILS Alumni Brenna Edwards, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin; Hyeeyoung Kim, Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin; Hannah Wang, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration; David Tenenholtz, The … Read more →

Registration Open!

Emily Sommers

Registration is open for the 2024 BitCurator Forum! Register via Eventbrite: https://bitcurator-forum-2024.eventbrite.com The full program for the Forum will be released in January 2024, but in the meantime, here is a preview of the session date & times. Registration closes on Friday, March 15, 2024. … Read more →

Call for Proposals: 2024 BitCurator Forum

Emily Sommers

The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) invites proposals for the 2024 BitCurator Forum to be held virtually March 18-22, 2024. See more information on the Call for Proposals page. Submission Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2023

Save the Date: 2024 BitCurator Forum

Emily Sommers | BitCurator Consortium

Mark off the week of March 18-22 for the 2024 BitCurator Forum! This year will feature virtual panels, lightning talks, “Great Questions!,” and other fun activities. A new template for Satellite events will also be announced soon that will expand this year’s Forum through unique … Read more →

BitCurator Forum 2024

The BitCurator Forum brings together representatives of all levels of experience from libraries, archives, museums, and related professions engaged in (or considering) digital archives work. The Forum will balance discussion of theory and practice of digital forensics, curation, and related digital analysis workflows. There will … Read more →

BitCurator Forum 2023

The BitCurator Forum brings together representatives of all levels of experience from libraries, archives, museums, and related professions engaged in (or considering) digital archives work. The Forum will balance discussion of theory and practice of digital forensics, curation, and related digital analysis workflows. There will … Read more →

Workshop 1 – THE BITS IN THE BYTES: Understanding File Format Identification

Andrea Hricíková, Francesca Mackenzie, Andrey Kotov, and Kathryn Phelps, The UK National Archives

During this workshop, attendees will gain hands-on experience in file format analysis and understand why this can be helpful during the day-to-day. Alongside this it will provide them with the tools needed to contribute to the open-source registry PRONOM, and an understanding of the field … Read more →

Workshop 4 – BitCurator Environment Updates 2023

BCC Software Development Committee

The BitCurator Environment (BCE) began as an effort “to develop a system for collecting professionals that incorporates the functionality of many digital forensics tools,” and grew with the support of the members of the BitCurator Consortium (BCC). The independent, member-led community formalized administrative activities and … Read more →

Session 1 – Qiwi: Building a New Open Source App for Archivists / Integrating archival forensics with digital archiving workflows

Ethan Gates, Yale University Library; Leo Konstantelos, Emma Yan, and Clare Paterson, University of Glasgow

Qiwi: Building a New Open Source App for Archivists Ethan Gates, Yale University Library At BUF 2021, I presented a lightning talk on potential archival and curation uses for QEMU, an open source emulator. As a follow up, I will present Qiwi (https://gitlab.com/eg-tech/qiwi), a graphical … Read more →

Session 2 – Implementing Privacy Reviews in Digital Archival Collections

Annie Schweikert and Victor Aguilar III, Stanford Libraries

Stanford Libraries’ digital collections contain personally identifiable information and other forms of high-risk data, such as student, medical, and otherwise sensitive records. Archives staff must abide by archival ethics, state law, federal law, and data security requirements set by Stanford University, while making as much … Read more →

Session 2 – Floppy disks, NoteWriter, and Malcolm Forsyth: Recovering the work of a renowned Canadian composer

Elizabeth-Anne Johnson, University of Calgary

In 2022, the University of Calgary Archives and Special Collections received an accrual to the fonds of Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth: a documentary filmmaker had borrowed material from Forsyth years earlier and returned it to the estate. Included in this donation were roughly 100 3.5″ … Read more →

Session 2 – Using Innovative Methods to Rethink Preservation Assessments

Hafsah Hujaleh, University of Toronto Libraries

This lightning talk is about iteration, ongoing maintenance, and the reevaluation of work done before. Over the last seven years, the University of Toronto Libraries imaged many of the floppy disks in its manuscript and archives collections. This work provided a baseline level of preservation … Read more →


Membership and Forum Committees

Great Question!, a staple of the BitCurator Forum, is your chance to ask the community anything related to digital archives and curation.               Links shared in the chat Great Question and Answer: https://tinyurl.com/GreatQandA https://guides.library.yale.edu/c.php?g=300384&p=7842077 https://aptrust.org/ https://github.com/hvanstappen/droid2premis https://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2020/its-not-imposter-syndrome/ https://confluence.educopia.org/display/BC/Migrating+Bitcurator+VirtualBox+VM+to+Hyper-V https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/hyper-v-on-windows/quick-start/enable-hyper-v … Read more →

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