Call for Proposals

Deadline for Lightning Talks and Birds of a Feather Sessions Extended!

Don't worry! While the call for panel sessions and longer presentations is now closed, you can still submit a lightning talk or birds a feather discussion ideas until March 28, 2017. This is great way to share what you have been working on or just throw some ideas out there to get a conversation going. Looking forward to receiving more proposals in the next few weeks. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to if you have any questions about the session formats.

All best,
BCC Program Committee

BitCurator Users Forum 2017
Digital Forensics: The Academic Library and Beyond

The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is accepting proposals for the 2017 BitCurator Users Forum, to be held April 27 - 28 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. An international, community-led organization with over 25 member institutions, the BCC promotes and supports the BitCurator environment, an open source environment of digital forensics tools for use in libraries, archives, museums, and other educational applications.

Over the last decade, cultural heritage institutions have applied techniques and software developed for criminal investigation and prosecution to their own work. These applications have repurposed automated processes in unintended ways, leading to new ways of engaging with digital materials. We want to hear your experiences and visions of how digital forensics affects your work.

Please note that there are no restrictions on proposal submissions for the BitCurator Users Forum. You don't need to be a BCC member to submit a proposal and/or attend the event.

We invite proposals for the following session formats:

  • Presentations
  • Panels
  • Lightning Talks
  • Birds-of-a-Feather discussions
  • Hands-on sessions

Other session formats are welcome, especially sessions that incorporate interactivity and audience participation.

We invite presentations that address any topic related to digital forensics. Topics of particular interest include:

  • ethical concerns: how might donor relations and/or institutional risk tolerance affect forensic analysis

  • records management: how can forensic analysis support records management activities

  • donor and curatorial relations: challenges and opportunities when working with donors and/or curators

  • process automation: use of scripting and related methods to support efficiency

  • data management: intersections between research data and forensic analysis

  • digital humanities: support for digital humanities work

  • practical uses outside of archival workflows: researcher use, data mining, related special projects

Submission Information

1 - 2 presenters, 45 - 60 minutes
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.

This format is intended for one or two speakers presenting a single perspective, piece of research, or practical investigation. We encourage presentations to move beyond the case study and address pressing issues, best practices, opportunities for collaboration, visions, and expanded uses for digital forensics in libraries, archives, and museums.

3 - 5 presenters, 60 - 75 minutes
Please submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract. If submitting as an solo speaker, individual panelists may be matched by the BCC Program Committee based on complementarity of subjects or overarching themes.

We encourage panels to represent a range of professional backgrounds and experience. Proposals that include diverse perspectives (i.e., faculty, students, community members, archivists, and/or multiple institutions) are strongly encouraged. Alternative panel formats (pecha kucha, lightning talks followed by small group discussions, or others) that will facilitate dialogue and enlarge participation are also invited.

Birds-of-a-Feather Discussions
1 - 2 leaders, 60 - 75 minutes
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are networking opportunities in which presenters will lead an informal discussion about a chosen topic for fellow practitioners. Birds-of-a-Feather discussions may be scheduled during lunch or as a concurrent session.

Lightning Talks
1 presenter, 5-12 minutes
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Lightning talks are a great format for case studies, digital forensics “success stories” or “tragic tales,” and research updates.

Hands-on Session

We welcome the submission of issues you’re experiencing in your regular work with respect to digital forensics tools, whether it be desired functionality, automation that may not yet exist, or other workflow breakdowns. Filling out this form will help us create a longform, hands-on session that will tackle one or more identified needs.


The BCC Program Committee will review and accept abstracts based on their relevance to the conference theme and audience; the clarity of description; and their potential for inspiring discussion, collaboration, and innovation.


Submission Deadline for Lightning Talks and Birds of Feather discussions: March 28, 2017
Acceptance Notification: April 4, 2017

How to Submit

Submit proposals here.

Eligibility & Requirements

We welcome proposals from archivists, librarians, digital forensics software and systems providers (vendors), scholars, students, and other individuals working with digital forensics on a regular basis, at both BCC member institutions and non-member institutions, large and small.

Presenters must register for and attend the conference. Presenters will also be requested to sign and submit a speaker agreement granting permission to the BCC to distribute their slides online with a CC-BY license. Some sessions will be recorded and distributed online, with permission from the presenters. These presenters will also be asked to sign and submit an agreement granting permission to the BCC to record presentations and distribute recordings online with a CC-BY license. Exceptions to the CC-BY license will be considered on a case-by-case basis.