BitCurator Guide for Educators

Hannah Wang, Jessica Farrell, Christopher A. Lee, Katherine Skinner | BitCuratorEdu Project


The BitCurator Guide for Educators is designed to provide instructors with advice, ideas, and materials to support their inclusion of digital forensics concepts, tools, and methods into courses related to the curation of born-digital materials. This Guide is intentionally geared to a broad spectrum of uses by readers with varying levels of digital forensics knowledge and technical acumen. It includes core context, as well as designs and lesson plan examples and assignments that should appeal to and provide scaffolding for different types of teaching and learning environments.

The Guide can be accessed at the link below.

Learning object type

Instructor support

Learning objectives

This learning object might be used in a lesson to satisfy the following learning objectives:

  • Determine the technical requirements and dependencies for installing open-source tools to process born-digital materials.
  • Articulate the relationship between actions taken during acquisition and processing of born-digital materials and their long-term preservation and access.
  • Test and evaluate tools for use in born-digital archiving workflows.
  • Advocate for the use of community-built and -supported open-source tools in digital curation.

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About this resource

This resource was released by the BitCuratorEdu project and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Most resources from the BitCuratorEdu project are intentionally left with basic formatting and without project branding. We encourage educators, practitioners, and students to adapt these materials as much as needed and share them widely.

The BitCuratorEdu project was an effort (2018-2022) funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study and advance the adoption of digital forensics tools and methods in libraries and archives through professional education efforts. This project was a partnership between Educopia Institute and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and several Masters-level programs in library and information science.

Cite this resource:
Hannah Wang, Jessica Farrell, Christopher A. Lee, Katherine Skinner. (June 15, 2022). BitCurator Guide for Educators. BitCuratorEdu Project.