Teaching Materials

Installation of BitCurator VM and Introduction to Disk Imaging Assignment

Karen Gracy

Description This assignment introduces students to the BitCurator environment by asking them to download and install the virtual machine, create a disk image using Guymager, and analyze the contents of the disk image .INFO file. It is a hands-on activity that familiarizes students with resources … Read more →

Datasets Library

Jess Farrell

Description The BitCuratorEdu project team built a library of datasets for educational, testing, and research purposes. The assignment can be accessed via the BitCurator Wiki, below. Learning object type Datasets Learning objectives This learning object might be used in a lesson to satisfy the following … Read more →

BitCurator and the DCC Lifecycle Model Assignment

Devan Donaldson

Description This assignment uses the Digital Curation Centre’s lifecycle model as a conceptual foundation and asks students to identify where they see opportunities to take the Sequential Actions outlined in the model using the BitCurator environment. The assignment is available for free download as a … Read more →

Digital Forensics Paper and Project Assignment

Jane Zhang

Description This is a paper and project assignment that asks students to review literature and tools of digital forensics’ applications in digital archives, and gain hands-on experience using digital forensics tools to achieve acquisition and management of born-digital archival materials. The assignment is available for … Read more →

Digital Curation Technologies Assignment

Devan Donaldson

Description This assignment engages students in digital curation technology through several self-guided explorations culminating in a presentation. Students have the option of choosing BitCurator as a research subject. Students are required to answer a series of questions that is not only a useful framework for … Read more →

Workflow Modeling Lesson and Exercise

Cal Lee

Description These slides consist of a brief lesson that introduce students to workflows as models, describes process modeling, an in-class “sticky note” exercise, discussion questions, and real-world examples of born-digital processing workflows. This exercise can be implemented in a face-to-face setting with sticky notes, but … Read more →

Introduction to BitCurator Slide Deck

Cal Lee

Description This slide deck can be used or adapted to teach an introduction to the BitCurator environment and tools. Topics covered include: archival principles in relation to digital forensics, levels of representation for digital resources and interaction examples, BitCurator tools and workflows, and the BitCurator … Read more →

OSSArcFlow Guide to OAIS Mapping Exercise

Hannah Wang

Description This is an exercise that asks students to take the steps outlined in the OSSArcFlow Guide to Documenting Born-Digital Archival Workflows, a guide intended to assist collecting institutions to begin documenting their born-digital workflows, and map them to functional entities in the OAIS Reference Model. This … Read more →

Curating Potentially Sensitive Information in Digital Collections

Christopher (Cal) Lee, Kam Woods, Simson Garfinkel

Description Students will learn why and how to identify personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive information within digital collections, as well as methods for redacting the information.  The unit includes two hands-on exercises: identifying potentially sensitive information within a disk image and redacting information … Read more →

BitCuratorEdu Guidelines for Hosting Remote Internships

Jess Farrell, Sheridan Sayles, Meg Tuomala, Hannah Wang

Description These guidelines are aimed at information professionals who wish to provide remote internship opportunities to students who seek practical experience in digital curation and preservation. Although the need for remote internships has recently increased due to COVID-19, hopefully these guidelines will also support ongoing … Read more →

Getting Started with the Virtual Machine: Screencast Discussion Questions

Cal Lee, Hannah Wang

Description These discussion questions can be used to encourage student engagement with the BitCurator screencast, Getting Started with the Virtual Machine. The questions can also be used for discussion accompanying a live demonstration, a guided hands-on exercise, or independent exploration of the BitCurator Environment. The … Read more →

Setting up Shared Folders: Screencast Discussion Questions

Cal Lee, Hannah Wang

Description These discussion questions can be used to encourage student engagement with the BitCurator screencast, Setting Up Shared Folders. The questions can also be used for discussion accompanying a live demonstration, a guided hands-on exercise, or independent exploration of the BitCurator Environment. The discussion questions … Read more →

BitCurator Talking Points Database

Hannah Wang, Nick Connizzo, Nancy McGovern, Kelsey O'Connell, Kari Smith, Suzanne Stasiulatis

Description The BitCurator Talking Points Database was created to assist information professionals who are trying to advocate for support or resources to install and implement the BitCurator Environment at their institution. The authors presented a workshop on the BitCurator Talking Points Database at the 2021 … Read more →

Introduction to the BitCurator Software Environment: Screencast Discussion Questions

Cal Lee, Hannah Wang

Description These discussion questions can be used to encourage student engagement with the BitCurator screencast, Introduction to the BitCurator Software Environment. The questions can also be used for discussion accompanying a live demonstration, a guided hands-on exercise, or independent exploration of the BitCurator Environment. The … Read more →

Creating a Disk Image Using Guymager: Screencast Discussion Questions

Cal Lee, Hannah Wang

Description These discussion questions can be used to encourage student engagement with the BitCurator screencast, Creating a Disk Image Using Guymager. The questions can also be used for discussion accompanying a live demonstration, a guided hands-on exercise, or independent exploration of the BitCurator Environment. The … Read more →

Cross-Institutional Workflow Analysis Exercise

Rhiannon Bettivia, Hannah Wang

Description This is an exercise that asks students to select workflow diagrams from two different institutions and analyze how they represent human agents, technological agents, and the movement of digital objects. Students will not only compare and contrast these workflows, but also discuss their efficacy … Read more →

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