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.


Forum News

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BUF2021 Registration Closes October 1st!

Registration is Closing Soon! Registration for the  BitCurator Users Forum 2021 closes October 1st, 2021! We are proud to offer registration for BitCurator Users Forum 2021 at a sliding scale starting at $0. New this year, we have introduced group rates: discounted rates for groups … Read more →

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BUF2021 Registration is Open!

The BCC Program Committee is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2021 BitCurator Users Forum and Educators’ Summit! Registration Now Open! We are proud to offer registration for BitCurator Users Forum 2021 at a sliding scale starting at $0. New this year, … Read more →

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BitCurator Users Forum 2021 – Preliminary Program Now Available

The Program Committee is pleased to announce that the preliminary program is now available for the BitCurator Users Forum 2021. The Forum will be held virtually October 12-14, 2021. Each day will include workshops, lightning talks, and themed sessions on starting from scratch, iteration and … Read more →

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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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

The BCC Program Committee invites you to mark off the week of October 11, 2021 for the 2021 BitCurator Users Forum. Due to the uncertainty of public health and travel budgets, and to make scheduling more direct for the Program Committee, like last year, the … Read more →


Sponsors

A very big and heartfelt thank you to this year’s Forum sponsors!

Data Curation Experts (Gigabyte Level)

Myriad Consulting (Megabyte Level)

Northeast Document Conservation Center (Special Funding Level)


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.


BUF2021 Registration Rates

As we did for BUF 2020, we are happy to offer a variety of registration tiers for this year’s Forum, including a free tier. Register via Eventbrite: https://bitcuratorusersforum2021.eventbrite.com

  • For attendees with funding for professional development: Two registration rates that are slightly lower than our in-person rates for attendees are available
  • For attendees wishing to support the BitCurator Consortium community and future Forums: A tier that is the equivalent to the cost of an in-person Forum
  • Group rates: New this year, we have introduced group rates! Discounted rates for groups of 3 or more people from the same organization. Individuals from groups will receive a code to be used at checkout, allowing them to register individually. The discount is available to groups from member and non-member organizations. If you wish to register as part of a group, please fill out this form and a team member will provide you with your rate and details on how to register: Group Registration Request.

Revenue generated through ticket sales contributes to Forum operating expenses and the sustainability of the BCC community.

Individual Rates

$0 – New professionals, students, and/or those who have no institutional funding for professional development.

$40 – Attendees from BCC member organizations that have organizational support for virtual professional development.

$50 – Attendees from non-BCC member organizations that have organizational support for virtual professional development.

$100 – Equivalent to the cost of some travel expenses and registration for an in-person BUF.

Group Rates

10% off all tickets of groups of 3-5.

15% off all tickets of groups of 6-10.

20% off all tickets of groups of 11-15.

25% off all tickets of groups of 16 or more.

BitCuratorEdu Educators’ Summit

$0 for all attendees.

If the rate you wish to register at is not listed here, please contact us.


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; 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; Satya Miller, University of Ottawa; Brad San Martin, Apollo Theater

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

BREAK

12:00pm – 12:55pm Pacific / 3:00pm-3:55pm 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

Office Hours with Myriad Consulting & Training and 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

Office Hours with Digital Curation Experts and BREAK

11:00am – 11:55pm Pacific / 2:00pm – 2:55pm 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

1:20pm – 2:20pm Pacific / 4:20pm – 5:20pm Eastern

WORKSHOP 3

  • Legal & Ethical Due Diligence for Providing Access to Born-Digital Collections
    Kate Dundon, University of California Santa Cruz; Jessika Drmacich, Williams College

Friday, October 15, 2021

BitCuratorEdu Educators’ Summit

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

OPENING REMARKS

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

DIGITAL PRESERVATION & CURATION TRAINING ROUNDTABLE

  • Jessica Farrell, BitCurator Consortium
  • Sharon McMeekin, Digital Preservation Coalition
  • Lauren Sorensen, Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Network
  • Hannah Wang, BitCuratorEdu Project

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

BREAK

10:15-11:15am Pacific / 1:15-2:15pm Eastern

GETTING STARTED: INDEPENDENT LEARNING WITH DIGITAL FORENSICS TOOLS

  • Amy Berish, Rockefeller Archive Center
  • Jerman Brenning, Mid Sweden University
  • Alison Rhonemus, New York Public Library
  • Tessa Walsh, Artefactual

11:15-11:30am Pacific / 2:15-2:30pm Eastern

BREAK

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

BUILDING AN ANTI-RACIST DIGITAL CURATION CURRICULUM

  • Jessica Farrell, BitCuratorEdu Project
  • Grace Muñoz, UCLA
  • Ricky Punzalan, University of Michigan iSchool
  • Hannah Wang, BitCuratorEdu Project

12:30-1:00pm Pacific / 3:30-4:00pm Eastern

BREAK

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

BITCURATOR ADVOCACY WORKSHOP

  • Nick Connizzo, Independent Archivist
  • Nancy McGovern, MIT
  • Kelsey O’Connell, Northwestern University
  • Kari Smith, MIT
  • Hannah Wang, BitCuratorEdu Project

BitCuratorEdu Educators' Summit

Friday, October 15, 2021

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

OPENING REMARKS

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

DIGITAL PRESERVATION & CURATION TRAINING ROUNDTABLE

  • Jessica Farrell, BitCurator Consortium
  • Sharon McMeekin, Digital Preservation Coalition
  • Lauren Sorensen, Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Network
  • Hannah Wang, BitCuratorEdu Project

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

BREAK

10:15-11:15am Pacific / 1:15-2:15pm Eastern

GETTING STARTED: INDEPENDENT LEARNING WITH DIGITAL FORENSICS TOOLS

  • Amy Berish, Rockefeller Archive Center
  • Jerman Brenning, Mid Sweden University
  • Alison Rhonemus, New York Public Library
  • Tessa Walsh, Artefactual

11:15-11:30am Pacific / 2:15-2:30pm Eastern

BREAK

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

BUILDING AN ANTI-RACIST DIGITAL CURATION CURRICULUM

  • Jessica Farrell, BitCuratorEdu Project
  • Grace Muñoz, UCLA
  • Ricky Punzalan, University of Michigan iSchool
  • Hannah Wang, BitCuratorEdu Project

12:30-1:00pm Pacific / 3:30-4:00pm Eastern

BREAK

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

BITCURATOR ADVOCACY WORKSHOP

  • Nick Connizzo, Independent Archivist
  • Nancy McGovern, MIT
  • Kelsey O’Connell, Northwestern University
  • Kari Smith, MIT
  • Hannah Wang, BitCuratorEdu Project

Educators’ Summit News

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 academic programs and continuing education efforts to explore the latest topics, research and developments in digital curation education.

The program will be a combination of panel discussions and workshops facilitated by the BitCuratorEdu team and invited speakers. Save the date for Friday, October 15, and we’ll share information on the program and how to register in August 2021!


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