The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is very excited to announce that the 2019 BitCurator Users Forum will be held October 24-25, on the campus of BCC member Yale University. We are very excited to be bringing the BitCurator Users Forum to the Northeast and look forward to putting together an interactive, fun, and engaging event!

Please note that registration and attendance to the BitCurator Users Forum is open to all, including non-BCC members.

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 two-day forum 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 for use in digital analysis and curation.

About Yale University

Since its founding in 1701, Yale University has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations. Yale is committed to improving the world today and in the future through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation, and practice.

Yale is located in New Haven, CT, approximately 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston. Yale is accessible by Amtrak and Metro North, arriving at Union Station. Information about area airports and airport shuttles is available online.

Program Committee

  • Laura Alagna, Northwestern University
  • Rachel Chatalbash, Yale University
  • Sam Meister, Educopia Institute
  • Hannah Ballard, Educopia Institute
  • Shira Peltzman, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Alice Prael, Yale University
  • Amy Wickner, University of Maryland, College Park

Rates and Deadlines

Registration for the BitCurator Users Forum is now closed as of Friday, October 4. Thanks to all who registered and we look forward to seeing you in New Haven!


Member rate: $75

Student rate: $50

Non-member rate: $100


  • Registration fees include two breakfasts, one lunch, coffee / snack breaks, and a reception.
  • Your registration is complete when payment is received in full.
  • Registration closes on October 2, 2019. We encourage you to register early as the total capacity for the event is 100 people.

Cancellation Policy

Last day to cancel registration and receive a full refund is October 2, 2019. Cancellations received after October 2nd and no-shows to the event will be charged the full forum registration rate. All cancellation requests must be sent via email to

Hotel Options

The Study at Yale
1157 Chapel Street

(866) 930-1157


Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale
155 Temple Street

(800) THE-OMNI
(203) 772-6664


Courtyard New Haven at Yale
30 Whalley Avenue

(800) 321-2211
(203) 777-6221


New Haven Hotel
229 George Street

(800) 644-6835
(203) 498-3100


New Haven Village Suites
3 Long Wharf Drive

(866) 458-0232
(203) 777-5337


La Quinta Inn & Suites
400 Sargent Drive

(800) 753-3757
(203) 562-1111

Getting to Yale University

Find more details about getting to Yale University here:

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Panel: Access

Levels and Practices of Born-Digital Access: Reports from the DLF Born-Digital Access Group Providing access to born-digital archival content presents a number of practical challenges, ranging from institution-specific workflows, to access and use policies, to a lack of clarity around researchers’ needs and desires. Compounding … Read more →

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Panel: Workflows and Collaboration

Gaining control of our legacy media backlog: appraisal of previously unmanaged born-digital material In this talk I will provide a case study of a project undertaken at Seton Hall University to address the backlog of legacy media containing the working and office files of the … Read more →

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Panel: Media

The Emperor’s New Grooves: Recognizing Multisession CD-ROM tracks not captured in disk images This talk will focus on two related optical media format types that cropped up in the mid-1990s through the 2000s: Enhanced Music and MultiSession CDs. The Enhanced Music CD format (or CD-Extra, … Read more →

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There Are No Dumb Questions

Open session where people can ask questions to the entire audience. Anything goes! These could be questions related to workflows, policies, things you are struggling with, something you’d like some advice or guidance about.

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

BitCurator Users Forum Livestream Recording

The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is hosting the 2019 BitCurator Users Forum at Yale University on October 24 and 25. The Center presents the second day of the forum in its Lecture Hall. The BitCurator Users Forum brings together representatives from libraries, archives, museums, and related … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Workshop: Building a Community of Digital Curation Educators

This workshop will be a series of facilitated participatory discussions and activities that will identify answers and then develop community goals that address 3 questions: What are the key current problem areas for the field of digital curation? The facilitator will bring some to discuss … Read more →

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Workshop: Introduction to Digital Forensics

The first day of the BitCurator Users Forum will feature an introduction to digital forensics workshop aimed at practitioners who are just getting started working with digital forensics tools and methods. This workshop will include an overview of digital forensics concepts, and will mostly focus … Read more →

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Workshop: Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning for Digital Curation

This workshop will be an interactive session about use of open-source natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) tools to process and provide access to born-digital materials. It will focus on applying topic modeling and named entity recognition to characterize and explore contents of … Read more →

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Workshop: Advocating for Appraisal

Although appraisal is a well established archival concept, the appraisal of born-digital collections is often a daunting task. The sheer scale and heterogeneity of born-digital files presents a unique challenge for an archivist approaching the task of appraisal. Although natural language processing and machine learning … Read more →

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Workshop: Enacting Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation

The cultural heritage community has engaged with environmental sustainability in many areas, but is only beginning to explore the sustainability concerns of digital preservation activities. Building off of a recent American Archivist article (“Toward Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation”: or, in which the authors … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Bringing BC Tools and Strategies to Windows

Indiana University started using the BitCurator Environment in 2015 and by 2017 staff had deployed two dedicated workstations in our Born Digital Preservation Lab. The benefits of this approach are no doubt obvious to members of the BitCurator community: in addition to a pre-installed suite … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

A Pinch of Salt: Creating Customized BitCurator builds

Have you ever wanted to customize the BitCurator environment? Thanks to decisions made by the BitCurator developers, modifications can be made quickly and easily using the open source configuration management software Salt. The talk will give an overview of how to make modifications to the … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Understanding performance of digital forensics tools with NMon

One of the challenges of working with digital forensics tools, especially at the command line, is understanding how they are performing. Typically lacking user friendly status indicators and clear error messages, we often find ourselves wondering if these tools are working optimally or at all. … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

How BitCurator is Helping to Save a Decade of Lost Photographs

In 2016, the Goddard Archives became custodians of approximately 7,000 optical disks that span a decade of Goddard Space Flight Center history, with more than one third of these CDs containing proprietary format image files. These proprietary CDs cover nine years and are high-risk, as … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Review, Appraisal and Triage of Mail (RATOM)

Review, Appraisal and Triage of Mail (RATOM), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a joint project of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the State Archives of North Carolina. RATOM is … Read more →

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Adding “Why” Questions to the BitCurator QuickStart Guide to Build a Comprehensive Graduate Archival Teaching/Learning Module

The BitCurator QuickStart Guide, designed as a software installation and application manual, provides step-by-step instructions for practitioners to download and run the software tools. As part of the BitCuratorEDU research project, students from the Catholic University’s Library and Information Science Program used the QuickStart Guide … Read more →

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