Digital Curation Technologies Assignment

Devan Donaldson | BitCuratorEdu Project


This assignment engages students in digital curation technology through several self-guided explorations culminating in a presentation. Students have the option of choosing the BitCurator environment as a research subject. Students answer a series of questions that mirror questions a practitioner responsible for making a recommendation on adopting a new technology, repository, or service must ask themselves.

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This learning object might be used in a lesson to satisfy the following learning objectives:

  • Test and evaluate tools for use in born-digital archiving workflows.
  • Identify the appropriate tools to: safely acquire born-digital materials from storage media and other modes of transfer; assist in the appraisal of born-digital materials; scan for sensitive information in born-digital materials; and package born-digital materials for preservation and access.
  • Advocate for the use of community-built and -supported open-source tools in digital curation.

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The BitCuratorEdu project was an effort (2018-2022) funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study and advance the adoption of digital forensics tools and methods in libraries and archives through professional education efforts. This project was a partnership between Educopia Institute and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and several Masters-level programs in library and information science.

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Devan Donaldson. (May 13, 2022). Digital Curation Technologies Assignment. BitCuratorEdu Project.