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 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.


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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 →

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

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Sponsors


Program Committee

  • Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, University of California Irvine Libraries, Leadership Team
  • Brian Dietz, NC State University Libraries, Leadership Team
  • Lourdes Johnson, SJSU iSchool 2019 Graduate, Leadership Team
  • Shira Peltzman, UCLA Libraries, Leadership Team
  • David Cirella, Yale University Libraries
  • Elizabeth Dunham, Arizona State University
  • Jessica Farrell, Educopia Institute
  • Wendy Hagenmaier, Georgia Tech
  • Mary Jackson, NYU MIAP 2020 Graduate
  • Monique Lassere, Houghton Library, Harvard University
  • Thandokazi Maceba, UCT Libraries, University of Cape Town
  • Margo Padilla, New-York Historical Society
  • Caitlin Perry, Educopia Institute
  • Kelly Phillips, Northern Arizona University
  • Alice Prael, Yale University Libraries
  • Hannah Wang, 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 curation 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 ($1,000)

At this level, your sponsorship will:

  • Subsidize the cost of registration for 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 and promoting 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 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 the schedule
  • 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 introductions
  • Acknowledging you on the BCC and conference websites as a Terabyte Sponsor

Gigabyte Level ($500)

At this level, your sponsorship will:

  • Subsidize the cost of registration for 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 and promoting 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 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 the schedule
  • 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 ($250)

At this level, your sponsorship will:

  • Subsidize the cost of registration for BUF attendees 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 presentation, during which you can present slides (to be provided by you)
  • Displaying a small logo on the program site page(s) and acknowledgement on the schedule
  • 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

Sponsorship funds will be applied directly to the costs of the 2021 BitCurator Users Forum virtual meeting. Generated revenues from registration and sponsorship that are in excess of meeting costs will be allocated to the BCC’s operating reserve fund, which supports the sustainability of our community.


Call for Proposals

Please note that BUF2021 will be virtual. We will be adding information to the Event page as it becomes available. We hope to see you there!

The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) 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 other cultural heritage organizations.

In previous years, the BitCurator Users Forum has focused on sharing strategies, approaches, and best practices for using digital archives tools and methods within processing workflows in archives, libraries, and museums. While we still encourage proposals in these topic areas, we also invite community members to explore themes that focus on areas such as starting from scratch, iteration and scalability, implementing “good enough” practices, issues pertaining to access and discovery, and hearing from intersecting perspectives and new voices.

The Program Committee welcomes participation from organizations and individuals working outside of academic and special collections libraries, members from BIPOC communities, students, and new professionals.

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. Please note that, like last year, this year’s registration rates will include a $0 option. We will also consider waiving registration fees for speakers.


Submission Information

Deadlines

  • Submission Deadline: June 4
  • Acceptance Notification: June 25
  • Speaker confirmation/changes: July 9
  • Program Posted: July 19

Workshops and participant-focused session formats

Sessions facilitated by individuals or groups welcome. 60 minutes – 4 hours

Please submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract describing the session format and topic(s), as well as learning objectives if applicable.

The Program Committee particularly encourages participant-focused session formats that incorporate interactivity. This can include any type of non-traditional session format, such as peer-to-peer learning sessions, collaborative working sessions, roundtables, goal-oriented hack-a-thons, etc.  These workshops (approximately 2-3) will take place after the sessions at the end of each day of the BitCurator Users Forum.

Presentations

Individual or group submissions welcome. 30 – 60 minutes

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

We encourage presentations to move beyond the case study (see Lightning Talks for this format) and address pressing issues, best practices, opportunities for collaboration, visions, and expanded uses for digital archives in libraries, archives, museums, and beyond. The Program Committee strongly encourages proposals from underrepresented groups, and/or those that feature the perspectives of a variety of roles — including students — organizations, or fields. For group presentations, we strongly discourage proposals from all white male presenters. We particularly welcome alternative panel formats that will facilitate engagement, including group discussions.

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 “tales of woe,” research updates, and short demos or how-tos.


Themes

The BCC Program Committee recognizes that the field of digital archives is broad and diverse, and accepts proposals that focus on any related topic from any areas of interest. We particularly encourage proposals to consider:

Starting from scratch

  • How are you developing a digital archiving program from scratch?  How are you determining the immediate and long-term needs of your organization and setting priorities?
  • How are you determining the resources and capacity available for digital archiving at your organization and setting priorities based on the available resources?  How are you using that assessment to advocate for additional resources?
  • How are you managing expectations from stakeholders during this initial development stage?
  • How can you build iteration and review of workflows and documentation into your plan from the very beginning?

Iteration and scalability

  • How are you building capacity for acceptance of constant change and uncertainty? What does successful education and cross-training around this subject look like?
  • How are you working to review, iterate, and improve policies and workflows? What types of policies and workflows are you reevaluating? What changes are you implementing and what is informing your decisions?
  • How do you advocate for reevaluation of work that is considered “done”? How has incremental development helped you scale solutions and approaches to digital archival work at your organization?

Implementing “good enough” practices

  • How have you adapted “best practices” to match the needs and available resources at your institution? What are some examples of best practices or standards that you have chosen not to follow, and why? What obstacles did you encounter?
  • How did you determine baseline standards for your organization? What decision-making processes have you implemented that allow for “good enough” practice while also allowing for further enhancement and growth?
  • How are you working to set realistic expectations — internally and/or externally — about the longevity of our infrastructure, the viability of our
    practices at scale, and the impermanence/obsolescence inherent to technology? What constitutes acceptable loss?

Access and discovery

  • How are you balancing the goal of efficient aggregate description with the reality of item-level metadata generated during processing?
  • How are your access methods addressing accessibility guidelines and accommodating researchers with disabilities?
  • How do privacy and security, donor relations, institutional risk tolerance, and other ethical issues affect your work with digital archives?

Intersections and new voices

  • How are you incorporating aspects of social justice into your digital archives program and/or workflows?
  • What strides can digital archives practitioners make toward dismantling white supremacy?
  • What role do (or can) students play in processing born-digital materials? Are there certain aspects of this work that may not be appropriate for them to undertake?  How can managers make the student’s role in processing born-digital materials an educational opportunity?
  • How do practitioners make the labor involved in accessioning, processing, and describing born-digital visible to the selectors of the material being processed? Are there examples of collaborations between digital archives practitioners and curators that seek to bridge the divide?
  • How can we improve or modify the BitCurator Consortium to hear from new voices — including students — rethink and expand our practices, and make our work more visible while preserving the intimacy that our small community has cultivated?

How to Submit

Submit proposals https://forms.gle/mECKcxXhnmdoe36x7.


How Proposals will be Evaluated

The BCC Program Committee will review all 2021 BitCurator Users Forum proposals. To see the criteria used to evaluate proposals, https://docs.google.com/document/d/16X9VfwT7MUVuIM1G2a2tkq6fs_n4SmD2FhaR-87qclA/edit?usp=sharing.

The Program Committee strongly encourages proposals including a diversity of views, including members of BIPOC communities, students, new professionals, and first-time attendees. We welcome proposals from archivists, librarians, digital archives software and systems providers (vendors), scholars, and other individuals working with digital archives or forensics on a regular basis. We particularly welcome submissions from individuals working outside of the United States and/or outside of academic and special collections libraries.


Eligibility & Requirements

Presenters must register for and attend the conference. Presenters must also designate their permission in the submission form related to livestreaming their presentation during the event, making a recording of their presentation available online, and posting their presentation slides online.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (Day 1)

8:00am – 8:30am Pacific / 11:00am-11:30am Eastern

Opening Remarks

  • Lauren Work & Program Committee

8:30 am – 9:35am Pacific / 11:30 am-12:35pm Eastern

SESSION 1: REMOTE WORKFLOWS

  • DARTing to the Future: Remote File Transfers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Christina Velazquez Fidler, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; Andrew Diamond, APTrust
  • Make It Work: Digital Archiving Without Your Toolkit
    Elena Colón-Marrero, Computer History Museum
  • Workflow in Progress: A Born-Digital Case Study
    Kiera Sullivan, UC San Diego Library; Tori Maches, UC San Diego Library

9:35am – 10:30am Pacific / 12:35pm-1:30pm Eastern

BREAK

 

10:30am – 11:30am Pacific / 1:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern

SESSION 2: ITERATION AND SCALABILITY

  • To Disk Image, Or Not to Disk Image?: Identifying Potential Factors for Disk Imaging in Digital Archival Workflows
    Elise Tanner, UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture; Dianne Dietrich, Cornell University Library; Lara Friedman-Shedlov, University of Minnesota; Alex Nelson, US National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • You Do What With What?: Leveraging Available Resources to Build a Good-Enough Digital Infrastructure
    Sheridan Sayles, Seton Hall University; Hannah Wang, Educopia Institute; Satya Miller, University of Ottawa; Brad San Martin, Apollo Theater

11:30am – 12:00pm Pacific / 2:30pm-3:00pm Eastern

BREAK

 

12:00pm – 1:00pm Pacific / 3:00pm-4:00pm Eastern

BIRDS OF A FEATHER 1 (BIPOC ONLY)

 

1:00pm-2:30pm Pacific / 4:00-5:30pm Eastern

WORKSHOP 1

  • Fostering Meaningful Student Worker Experience
    Jessica Venlet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries Libraries, Wilson Special Collections; Clare Carlson, Lindahl Reed Inc.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021  (Day 2)

8:00am – 8:15am Pacific / 11am-11:15am Eastern

DAY 2 OPENING REMARKS

  • Program Committee

8:15am – 9:20am Pacific / 11:15 am – 12:20pm Eastern

SESSION 3: BITCURATOR

  • Leveling Up on Preservation: Using BitCurator Reports to Better Preserve State Archives Materials
    Jamie Patrick-Burns, State Archives of North Carolina
  • BitCurator from Scratch: Internship to Production Environment Implementation at Concordia University
    John Richan and Sarah Lake, Concordia University
  • Teaching with BitCurator: A Case Study in the Development of an Online Instructional Module
    Grace Muñoz, UCLA

9:20am – 9:30am Pacific / 12:20pm-12:30pm Eastern

BREAK

 

9:30am – 10:30am Pacific / 12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

SESSION 4: TROUBLESHOOTING

  • Restart It Again: Troubleshooting in Context
    Nick Krabbenhoeft, Ben Turkus, Alison Rhonemus, and Caroline Gil Rodríguez, New York Public Library

10:30am – 11:45pm Pacific / 1:30pm – 2:45pm Eastern

GREAT QUESTION!

  • Membership and Program Committees

11:45am – 12:45pm Pacific / 2:45pm – 3:45pm Eastern

BREAK

 

12:45pm – 2:15pm Pacific / 3:45pm – 5:15pm Eastern

WORKSHOP 2

  • Intro to Digital Forensics/BitCurator
    Amy Berish, Rockefeller Archive Center; David Cirella, Yale University; Satya Miller, University of Ottawa; Katie Martin, Rockefeller Archive Center; Hannah Wang, Educopia Institute

Thursday, October 14, 2021 (Day 3)

9:00am-9:15am Pacific / 12pm-12:15pm Eastern

DAY THREE OPENING REMARKS

  • Program Committee

9:15am-10:00am Pacific / 12:15pm-1:00pm Eastern

SESSION 5: ACCESS AND DISCOVERABILITY

  • Virtual Reading Rooms: Remote Access in Ethical and Responsible Ways
    Shelly Black, North Carolina State University; Annalise Berdini, Princeton University; Greg Cram, The New York Public Library
  • COVID-19 Telling Her-Stories in Canada
    Satya Miller, University of Ottawa

10:00am-11:00am Pacific / 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern

BREAK

 

11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific / 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: STUDENTS AND NEW PROFESSIONALS

 

12:00pm – 1:00pm Pacific / 3:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

SESSION 6: TOOLS/DEMOS SHOWCASE

  • What Would You QEMU?
    Ethan Gates, Yale University Library
  • Designing and Launching a Multi-Institutional Email Metadata Discovery Platform
    Sally DeBauche, Stanford University
  • Using a Common Specification to Preserve Email
    Gregory Wiedeman, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Lightweight Distributions of Tools
    Brian Dietz, NC State University Libraries

1:00pm – 1:15pm Pacific / 4:00pm – 4:15pm Eastern

CLOSING REMARKS

  • Lauren Work

1:15pm – 2:15pm Pacific / 4:15pm – 5:15pm Eastern

WORKSHOP 3

  • Legal & Ethical Due Diligence for Providing Access to Born-Digital Collections
    Christina Velazquez Fidler, University of California Bancroft Library; Camille Tyndall Watson, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; Kate Dundon, University of California Santa Cruz; Jessika Drmacich, Williams College; Hannah Wang, Educopia Institute

Friday, October 15, 2021

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BitCuratorEdu Educators' Summit

BitcuratorEdu Educators' Summit

Save the Date: 2021 BitCurator Educators’ Summit

The BitCuratorEdu team in collaboration with the BitCurator Consortium is excited to announce a virtual symposium following the 2021 BitCurator Users Forum! The BitCuratorEdu Educators’ Summit will bring together digital curation practitioners, peer trainers, and graduate students with library and information science instructors from both … Read more →


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