Overview

The 2020 BitCurator Users Forum occurred October 13-16 and has now concluded. Thank you to all of our amazing speakers, participants, and of course, organizers!

All recordings and slides will be shared in the next BCC Newsletter and on this website. Information about the 2021 BitCurator Users Forum will start to roll out in Spring 2021.


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.

The BitCurator Users Forum is open to all. You do not need to be a BCC member or user to submit a proposal and/or attend the event.


Sponsors



Forum News

Become a member of the BitCurator Consortium today!

The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) invites you to explore membership as an opportunity to engage with a growing group of dedicated, community-minded digital archives professionals! Initially founded in 2014 to build a strong community of practice for the Andrew W. Mellon-funded BitCurator projects, the BCC has … Read more →

BitCurator Users Forum 2021 – Call for Proposals

The BCC Program Committees invites proposals for the 2021 BitCurator Users Forum, to be held virtually October 12-14, 2021. An international, community-led organization with 35 member institutions, the BCC promotes and supports the application of digital archives tools and practices in libraries, archives, museums, and … Read more →

Save the Date: BUF2021 Will Be the Week of October 11, 2021

The BCC Program Committee invites you to mark off the week of October 11, 2021 for the 2021 BitCurator Users Forum. Due to the uncertainty of public health and travel budgets, and to make scheduling more direct for the Program Committee, like last year, the … Read more →

BCC Releases Updated Code of Conduct

The BCC Code of Conduct Committee has released an updated Code of Conduct and reporting process just in time for the 2020 BitCurator Users Forum. If you are attending the Forum, please read the Code of Conduct prior to joining our virtual space. BCC Members … Read more →

BitCurator Users Forum Virtual Conference, October 13-16, 2020

Registration for the BitCurator Users Forum 2020 closes on October 2, 2020!

We are proud to offer registration for BUF20 at a sliding scale starting at $0.  This year’s Forum features four days of programming. Sessions will be non-concurrent (single-stream) and will run live starting at 11am ET. Each day will include a variety of opportunities for … Read more →

BitCurator Users Forum Virtual Conference, October 13-16, 2020

BitCurator Users Forum 2020 – Moving to Virtual

The BitCurator Users Forum Program Committee has decided to move the 2020 BitCurator Users Forum to a virtual conference format, which will take place on October 13-16, 2020. The committee took many factors into account in making this decision, including public health advisories, decisions other … Read more →


Program Committee

  • Brian Dietz, North Carolina State University, Co-Chair
  • Shira Peltzman, UCLA Libraries, Co-Chair
  • Laura Alagna, Northwestern University Library
  • Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, University of California Irvine Libraries
  • Alice Prael, Yale University Libraries
  • Kelly Phillips, Northern Arizona University
  • Elizabeth Dunham, Arizona State University
  • Wendy Hagenmaier, Georgia Tech
  • Caitlin Perry, Educopia Institute
  • Stacey Erdman, Arizona State University
  • David Cirella, Yale University Libraries
  • Jessica Farrell, Educopia Institute

Code of Conduct

The BCC is committed to fostering an open, inclusive, and safe environment.

View BCC Code of Conduct


Get in Touch

If you have questions or feedback about the BitCurator Users Forum, please contact Jess Farrell.


Sponsorship offers a valuable opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the emerging community of digital forensics practitioners within libraries, archives, and museums, including their many affiliates and partners. By becoming a sponsor, you will reach a highly influential, international audience of potential new partners and clients.

To become a sponsor please complete our Sponsorship Contract. For additional information about sponsorship, please contact Jess Farrell (jess.farrell@educopia.org).

Terabyte Level ($500)

At this level, your sponsorship will:

  • Subsidize the cost of registration for at least 4 BUF attendees who do not have institutional professional development funding
  • Support one Birds of a Feather “coffee break” for BIPOC only or Students and New Professionals
  • Subsidize the operating expenses associated with hosting a virtual conference
  • Contribute towards offsetting the cost of technology to make the conference more accessible

The BCC will acknowledge your support through:

  • Crediting you as a sponsor of one Birds of a Feather “coffee break” for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) only or Students and New Professionals
  • Scheduling a breaktime “office hours” presentation, during which you can present up to 4 slides (to be provided by you) and hold a Q&A with participants
  • Distributing a sponsor-produced digital “swag bag” (promotional flyers, white papers, posters — whatever you’d like to include etc.) to all conference attendees
  • Displaying a large logo on the program site page(s) and acknowledgement on Sched
  • Publicly recognizing you on the BCC Listserv and a “shout-out” via the BCC Twitter account
  • Publicly recognizing you at the event during the program introduction
  • Acknowledging you on the BCC and conference websites as a Terabyte Sponsor

Gigabyte Level ($250)

At this level, your sponsorship will:

  • Subsidize the cost of registration for at least 2 BUF attendees who do not have institutional professional development funding
  • Support one Birds of a Feather “coffee break” for BIPOC only or Students and New Professionals
  • Subsidize the operating expenses associated with hosting a virtual conference

The BCC will acknowledge your support through:

  • Either crediting you as a sponsor of one Birds of a Feather “coffee break” for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) only or Students and New Professionals OR by scheduling a breaktime “office hours” presentation, during which you can present up to 4 slides (to be provided by you) and hold a Q&A with participants
  • Displaying a medium logo on the program site page(s) and acknowledgement on Sched
  • Publicly recognizing you on the BCC Listserv and “shout-out” via the BCC Twitter account
  • Publicly recognizing you at the event during the program introduction
  • Acknowledging you on BCC and conference website as Gigabyte Sponsor

Megabyte Level ($100)

At this level, your sponsorship will:

  • Subsidize the cost of registration for at least 1 BUF attendee who does not have institutional professional development funding
  • Contribute towards offsetting the cost of technology that will make the conference more accessible

The BCC will acknowledge your support through:

  • Scheduling a breaktime pre-presentation, during which you can present up to 2 slides (to be provided by you)
  • Displaying a small logo on the program site page(s) and acknowledgement on Sched
  • Publicly recognizing you on the BCC Listserv and “shout-out” via the BCC Twitter account
  • Publicly recognizing you at the event during the program introduction
  • Acknowledging you on BCC and conference website as Megabyte Sponsor

The Program Committee is cognizant of the impact the pandemic has on institutional or organizational budgets. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor but cannot commit to any of the sponsorship levels listed, we will be happy to discuss other funding options with you at your convenience.


BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Opening Remarks, October 16, 2020

Opening Remarks, October 16, 2020

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Session 5: Imaging

Talk One: To Image or Not to Image: Implementing a staggered transition to logical capture by default (1:30) Tori Maches While creating disk images is best practice for physical storage media, this is not always practical. Disk images represent an increased storage and time commitment … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Closing Remarks, October 16, 2020

Opening Remarks, October 16, 2020

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

The Other BCC: Appraising and Processing Email

Once libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) have established general processes for born-digital materials, they are often confronted with challenges associated with specific file types. The BitCurator environment has long included tools for handling specific data types, including readpst for email stored in PST format. However, … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Opening Remarks, October 15, 2020

Opening Remarks, October 15, 2020

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Session 4: Access

Talk One: Providing Access to the Christine Tamblyn’s Interactive Digital Artworks: A Case Study (00:00:00) Carolina Quezada Meneses As part of my MLIS program internship this year at the UC Irvine Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives (SCA), I helped provide access to the interactive digital … Read more →

Great Question

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

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

BitCurator-EaaSI Hackathon

Extensive professional work has gone into using and documenting forensic tools for bit-for-bit preservation of born-digital materials. Less thoroughly documented are practical strategies for how, once legacy material has been made physically and intellectually stable, to make it accessible. The EaaSI project has worked to … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Opening Remarks, October 14, 2020

Opening Remarks, October 14, 2020

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Session 3: BitCurator

Talk One: BitCurator Environments in Archives: Collaboration Architectures and Workflow for Digital Preservation (00:01:40) Arjun Sabharwal The demand for digital preservation has reached a new milestone with the growth of born-digital records. However, many public institutions and private organizations have not completely grasped the enormity … Read more →

Cultivating skillsets for collaborative digital preservation proejcts (Workshop)

Lauren Work and Laura Alagna Archiving and preserving digital content are inherently collaborative and rely on many different partners joining forces to ensure success. This workshop will focus on helping attendees develop and expand collaborative skills that will be useful in engaging with colleagues on … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Opening Remarks, October 13, 2020

Opening Remarks, October 13, 2020

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Session 1: Scalability and Automation

Talk 1: Scalability, automation and open source tools at the British Film Institute (00:01:53) Joanna White The British Film Institute’s (BFI) National Archive recently started a preservation project to convert 3PB of DPX film scans into FFv1 Matroska video files using automation scripts written by … Read more →

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Session 2: New Horizons

Talk One: DiAGRAM – the Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model: quantifying digital preservation risks (00:00:00) David Underdown, Hannah Merwood, Alex Green The last 20 years have seen a wide range of digital preservation good practice established, from OAIS to the NDSA Levels of Preservation. … Read more →

Hidden depths: Illuminating the extent of invisible systems, born-digital, and collections management work (Workshop)

Born-digital’s increasing presence in archives necessitates fundamental changes to adequately support, manage, and make this material discoverable. However, work remains siloed in these areas, and is often misunderstood or invisible. Collaboration to sustain this work is challenging due to misconceptions about the labor it entails, … Read more →


Registration has closed for the 2020 BitCurator Users Forum. All recordings and slides will be shared after the Forum.

The Sched was set up in EDT time zone and will appear in EDT by default. To change your timezone, please see the timezone dropdown on the right side of the Sched page.

Please note that all sessions will be single-stream. Adding them to your calendar via Sched may make some sessions look concurrent, but they are not.

Looking for a meeting link? Starting on October 13 and each day during the Forum, all registrants will receive daily email messages with links to your sessions. Contact caitlin@educopia.org if you have trouble receiving or finding these messages. Don’t forget to check your SPAM folder.

 


Registration

We are proud to offer registration for BitCurator Users Forum 2020 at a sliding scale starting at $0. Register via Eventbrite: https://bitcuratorusersforum2020.eventbrite.com

Given the shift from in-person to an exclusively online event for BUF 2020, we are happy to offer a variety of registration tiers to take into account both the reality of newly diminished or unavailable professional development funds and the reduced cost of running an online event. For those that have not had any change in professional development funding and wish to provide additional support to the Forum and the BitCurator Consortium community, we have included our in-person registration rates from last year’s BUF and a high-roller rate that is equivalent to the cost of in-person conference attendance.

Revenue generated through ticket sales contributes to Forum operating expenses and the sustainability of the community.

$0 – This tier is recommended for new professionals, students, and/or those who have no institutional funding for professional development.

$5 – This tier is recommended for attendees that wish to contribute towards offsetting conference costs but have limited or no institutional funding.

$25 – This tier is recommended for attendees that have not had any change in professional development funding.

In-person equivalent tiers for those wishing to support the Forum and community at a higher rate:

$50 – This tier is equivalent to the Student registration fee for BUF 2019.

$75 – This tier is equivalent to the BCC member registration fee for BUF 2019.

$100 – This tier is equivalent to the Non-member registration fee for BUF 2019.

$250 and above – Our high-roller tier is equivalent to the cost of some travel expenses and registration for an in-person BUF.

If the rate you wish to register at is not listed here, please contact Educopia directly.

Registration closes on October 2, 2020. We encourage you to register early. Although the Forum can accommodate up to 500 attendees, enrollment for some workshops will be capped (with waitlists). Links to the event will be sent via email to registrants in early October.


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