The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is pleased to announce that the 2017 BitCurator Users Forum will be held April 27 – 28, 2017 at the Norris University Center on the campus of BCC member Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

In an effort to make the Forum accessible to as many people as possible, the BCC is committed to ensuring the registration fees associated with the forum are reasonable. Please note that registration and attendance to the BitCurator User Forum is open to all, including non-BCC members.

LIVESTREAMING!!! We will be livestreaming Day 2 sessions via Periscope on twitter so follow #buf17 to access!

About the Forum

The BitCurator Users Forum brings together representatives from libraries, archives, museums, and related information professions engaged in (or considering) digital forensics work to acquire, better understand, and make available born-digital materials. The 2017 forum will be expanded to two days providing even more opportunities for community members and users to engage and learn from each other. It will balance discussion of theory and practice of digital forensics and related digital analysis workflows with hands-on activities for users at all levels of experience with the BitCurator environment, digital forensics methods in general, and other tools used in digital analysis and curation.

Program Committee:

  • Laura Alagna, Northwestern University
  • Matthew Farrell, Duke University
  • Susan Malsbury, New York Public Library
  • Sam Meister, Educopia Institute
  • Mary Samouelian, Harvard University

About Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private research university located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago. Northwestern has a rigorous academic life, attracting over $550 million in sponsored research each year, as well as a history of distinction in many areas, including performing arts, media, and athletics. Northwestern University Libraries supports the educational and information needs of the university community through a wide range of services and notable collections, which include 6.7 million volumes and 201 terabytes of unique digital content.

Evanston, IL is conveniently located just twelve miles from downtown Chicago. Summary information for travel to and from Chicago, travel from Chicago to Evanston, and lodging in Evanston can be found here.


Registration for the 2017 BitCurator Users Forum is open through April 17, 2017

Member rate: $50
Student rate: $65
Non-member rate: $100

Day 2 Only

Member rate: $25
Student rate: $30
Non-member rate: $50

  • Registration fees include lunch, refreshments, and receptions.
  • Your registration is complete when payment is received in full.
  • Registration closes 10 days prior to the start of the event. We encourage you to register early.

Travel to and from Evanston, IL


Norris University Center
1999 Campus Dr, Evanston, IL 60208


O’Hare International Airport is 17 miles from Evanston

  • By car, it’s about a 45 minute drive. Taxis and rideshare companies such as Uber are plentiful in the area, and can be requested from O’Hare (rideshares have a designated pickup zone at the upstairs Departures level). Using rideshare will cost around $30-$40 from O’Hare to Evanston
  • By bus, it takes about an hour from O’Hare to Evanston. Pace Bus 250 goes from the O’Hare “Kiss-n-Fly” station to downtown Evanston. The fare is $1.75.
  • By train, the journey to Evanston can take up to 1.5 or two hours. The CTA Blue Line has a station in the airport, but travellers need to ride the train to Chicago’s Loop to transfer to a Red or Purple Line train to Evanston. The fare is $5.

Midway International Airport is 28 miles from Evanston

  • By car, it’s about an hour drive. Rideshare companies can also be requested from Midway (the designated pickup zone is also on the upstairs Departures level). Using rideshare will cost around $40-50 from Midway to Evanston.
  • By train, it can take an hour and 45 minutes to two hours to go from Midway to Evanston. The CTA Orange Line connects Midway to Chicago’s Loop, where travellers can transfer to a Red or Purple Line train to Evanston. The fare is $2.25.

For more information, see Northwestern’s Guide to Getting to Campus from the Airport.

Hotels in Evanston

The Homestead Inn

1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston (0.6 miles to Norris Center)
~ $160 / night

Hilton Orrington Evanston

1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston (0.6 miles to Norris Center)
~ $190 / night

Hyatt House Evanston

1515 Chicago Ave., Evanston (0.7 miles to Norris Center)
~ $215 / night

Hilton Garden Inn

1818 Maple Ave., Evanston (0.7 miles to Norris Center)
~ $250 / night

Margarita European Inn

1566 Oak Ave., Evanston (1.1 miles to Norris Center)
~ $170 / night


This Code of Conduct applies to all forms of participation in the BitCurator Consortium community, including, but not limited to:

  • Messages sent to the BCC email list
  • Messages posted to the BCC Twitter feed and other social media outlets when representing the BCC or interacting with members of the BCC community
  • Participation as a member, officer, or community guest in BCC committees, the BCC Executive Council, and any other officially sanctioned or created governance or task groups
  • Participation as an organizer, speaker, vendor, or other attendee at the BitCurator User Forum and other officially sanctioned BCC events (e.g. meet-ups)

For the purposes of this Code, a “community member” is any individual who is employed by a BCC member institution or who is otherwise acting in an official capacity on behalf of the BCC. A “guest” is any other individual besides a community member who participates in a BCC body, venue, or event, whether virtually or in person.

Standards of Conduct

The BitCurator Consortium is dedicated to creating a harassment-free community for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. The BCC will not tolerate harassment of—or by—members or guests of the community in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate for any BCC community venue, whether virtual or in person. Community members or guests violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the BCC Executive Council.

Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual and or discriminatory images in physical or virtual public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

Community members or guests asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a community member or guest engages in harassing behavior, the BCC Executive Council may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the BCC body, venue, or event. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the Preservation Communities Manager or a member of the BCC Executive Council immediately.

Immediately following any reported harassment, the Preservation Communities Manager or a BCC Executive Council Member will assist affected individuals in contacting hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe to the extent possible. The Preservation Communities Manager or Executive Council Member will then report the incident to the BCC Executive Council, who will determine what further action may be necessary. A follow-up report will be made to individuals who report being harassed.

Code of Conduct inspired by the Digital Library Federation’s Code of Conduct and the Library Publishing Coalition Code of Conduct.

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