History

Today’s libraries, archives, and museums actively acquire digital content in many forms and formats that demand attention and stabilization, from floppies to optical disks to hard drives. To address these complex activities, the BitCurator open source software environment was developed under the leadership of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science and the University of Maryland, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. The BitCurator Consortium sustains the BitCurator software, shares and develops workflows based on BitCurator, and promotes the general adoption of digital forensics practices.

Timeline

2010
Publication of Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections (Washington DC: CLIR Report)
2011
BitCurator project undertaken by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation
2012
BitCurator Environment beta release
2013
Publication of Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories (Washington DC: CLIR Report)
2014
BitCurator Consortium formed
2014
BitCurator Access project undertaken by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation
2015
BitCurator Users Forum 2015 hosted in Chapel Hill, NC