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BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Workshop: Introduction to Digital Forensics

Amy Berish, Marty Gengenbach, Dianne Dietrich

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

Sangeeta Desai, Kam Woods, Cal Lee

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

Jessica Quagliaroli, Alice Prael

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

Tim Walsh, Laura Alagna, Keith Pendergrass

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”: https://doi.org/10.17723/0360-9081-82.1.165 or http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:40741399), in which the authors … Read more →

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Bringing BC Tools and Strategies to Windows

Mike Shallcross

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 →

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BitCurator Users Forum Livestream Recording

BitCurator Consortium

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 →

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A Pinch of Salt: Creating Customized BitCurator builds

David Cirella

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 →

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Workshop: Building a Community of Digital Curation Educators

Jess Farrell, Alex Chassanoff

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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Understanding performance of digital forensics tools with NMon

Sally DeBauche

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 →

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How BitCurator is Helping to Save a Decade of Lost Photographs

Jessica Deibert

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 →

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Review, Appraisal and Triage of Mail (RATOM)

Cal Lee, Sangeeta Desai

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

Jane Zhang

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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Session 7 – Saving Data Journalism

Katherine Boss, Maria Bustillos, Ben Welsh

This panel discussion follows the “Let’s-do-this-a-thon” session on the intersection of journalism and digital preservation from Day 1 of the BitCurator Users Forum. Leaders in this area will present and analyze challenges in preserving digital journalism, as well as describe current work in this area, … Read more →

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Session 6 – Lightning Talks

Laura Alagna, Sara Bond, Dianne Dietrich, Cal Lee, Alex Nelson, Keith Pendergrass, Walker Sampson, Tim Walsh, Lorain Wang, Kam Woods

How reliable are our forensic tools? Working with born digital files requires the use of various tools, and there is an expectation that the software will perform as advertised. The tools do not always work properly, but problems are usually apparent in the form of … Read more →

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Session 8 – Work Work Work Workflows

Brian Dietz, Julia Kim, Jessica Venlet

Communities of Practice: Building a Foundation for Born-Digital Processing When I arrived at UNC Wilson Special Collections Library in 2016, newly hired in a digital archivist role, I found that roles for born-digital processing work were complex and distributed. This led me to start thinking … Read more →

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Session 9 – Nuts and Bolts of Digital Archives

Dianne Dietrich, Susan Malsbury, David Teneholtz

A practical approach to working with proprietary file formats At The New York Public Library, archival collections increasingly contain proprietary file formats related to music and video editing, desktop publishing, and design and drafting software programs. This presentation will discuss approaches the Digital Archives Program … Read more →

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Session 10 – Where Does Digital Forensics Fit in the Digital Curation Workflow

Alex Chassanoff, Sam Meister

This panel will discuss the substantial findings and documentation produced in the first year of the OSSArcFlow project, a collaborative effort of the Educopia Institute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (UNC SILS), LYRASIS, and Artefactual, Inc. … Read more →

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Session 1 – Nobody Puts Access in the Corner

Elvia Arroyo-Ramírez, Kelly Bolding, Brian Dietz, Shira Peltzman, Jessica Venlet

At the DLF Forum 2017, members of the DLF Born-Digital Access Group held a working lunch and discussed issues related to preparing and providing access to born digital archival materials. Following that meeting, a subset of the group formed to create, as one of its … Read more →

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Session 3 – Journalism and Digital Preservation

Laura Alagna

Several incidents in recent years have demonstrated the necessity of digital preservation in the media: the deletion of the Gothamist, DNAinfo, and LAist sites, and the battle for ownership of Gawker’s content have made it clear that, although journalists and information professionals are in agreement … Read more →

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One does not simply keep disk images: ethical, risk tolerance, and sustainabilty issues with forensic disk image retention

Keith Pendergrass

Forensic disk images provide the best means of accurately capturing, and ensuring the authenticity of, all of the data on a physical carrier. However, unexpected, deleted, private or sensitive, and system data introduce ethical complexities for archivists and repository administrators when developing disk image retention … Read more →

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