BitCurator Users Forum 2019

BitCurator Consortium Presentations

Panel: Access

Alison Clemens, Shira Peltzman, Brian Dietz, Kelly Bolding, Matthew Farrell, Heather Smedberg, Cheryl Cordingley, Tori Maches,

Levels and Practices of Born-Digital Access: Reports from the DLF Born-Digital Access Group Providing access to born-digital archival content presents a number of practical challenges, ranging from institution-specific workflows, to access and use policies, to a lack of clarity around researchers’ needs and desires. Compounding … Read more →

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Panel: Workflows and Collaboration

Kevin Glick, Cate Peebles, Bob Rice, Brianna Losardo, David Cirella, Kelsey O'Connel, Alice Prael

Gaining control of our legacy media backlog: appraisal of previously unmanaged born-digital material In this talk I will provide a case study of a project undertaken at Seton Hall University to address the backlog of legacy media containing the working and office files of the … Read more →

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Panel: Media

Dianne Dietrich, Alex Nelson, Jonathan Farbowitz, Flaminia Fortunato, Eddy Colloton, Caroline Gil

The Emperor’s New Grooves: Recognizing Multisession CD-ROM tracks not captured in disk images This talk will focus on two related optical media format types that cropped up in the mid-1990s through the 2000s: Enhanced Music and MultiSession CDs. The Enhanced Music CD format (or CD-Extra, … Read more →

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There Are No Dumb Questions

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Open session where people can ask questions to the entire audience. Anything goes! These could be questions related to workflows, policies, things you are struggling with, something you’d like some advice or guidance about.

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BitCurator Users Forum Livestream Recording

BitCurator Consortium

The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is hosting the 2019 BitCurator Users Forum at Yale University on October 24 and 25. The Center presents the second day of the forum in its Lecture Hall. The BitCurator Users Forum brings together representatives from libraries, archives, museums, and related … Read more →

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Workshop: Building a Community of Digital Curation Educators

Jess Farrell, Alex Chassanoff

This workshop will be a series of facilitated participatory discussions and activities that will identify answers and then develop community goals that address 3 questions: What are the key current problem areas for the field of digital curation? The facilitator will bring some to discuss … Read more →

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Workshop: Introduction to Digital Forensics

Amy Berish, Marty Gengenbach, Dianne Dietrich

The first day of the BitCurator Users Forum will feature an introduction to digital forensics workshop aimed at practitioners who are just getting started working with digital forensics tools and methods. This workshop will include an overview of digital forensics concepts, and will mostly focus … Read more →

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Workshop: Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning for Digital Curation

Sangeeta Desai, Kam Woods, Cal Lee

This workshop will be an interactive session about use of open-source natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) tools to process and provide access to born-digital materials. It will focus on applying topic modeling and named entity recognition to characterize and explore contents of … Read more →

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Workshop: Advocating for Appraisal

Jessica Quagliaroli, Alice Prael

Although appraisal is a well established archival concept, the appraisal of born-digital collections is often a daunting task. The sheer scale and heterogeneity of born-digital files presents a unique challenge for an archivist approaching the task of appraisal. Although natural language processing and machine learning … Read more →

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Workshop: Enacting Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation

Tessa Walsh, Laura Alagna, Keith Pendergrass

The cultural heritage community has engaged with environmental sustainability in many areas, but is only beginning to explore the sustainability concerns of digital preservation activities. Building off of a recent American Archivist article (“Toward Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation”: or, in which the authors … Read more →

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Bringing BC Tools and Strategies to Windows

Mike Shallcross

Indiana University started using the BitCurator Environment in 2015 and by 2017 staff had deployed two dedicated workstations in our Born Digital Preservation Lab. The benefits of this approach are no doubt obvious to members of the BitCurator community: in addition to a pre-installed suite … Read more →

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A Pinch of Salt: Creating Customized BitCurator builds

David Cirella

Have you ever wanted to customize the BitCurator environment? Thanks to decisions made by the BitCurator developers, modifications can be made quickly and easily using the open source configuration management software Salt. The talk will give an overview of how to make modifications to the … Read more →

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Understanding performance of digital forensics tools with NMon

Sally DeBauche

One of the challenges of working with digital forensics tools, especially at the command line, is understanding how they are performing. Typically lacking user friendly status indicators and clear error messages, we often find ourselves wondering if these tools are working optimally or at all. … Read more →

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How BitCurator is Helping to Save a Decade of Lost Photographs

Jessica Deibert

In 2016, the Goddard Archives became custodians of approximately 7,000 optical disks that span a decade of Goddard Space Flight Center history, with more than one third of these CDs containing proprietary format image files. These proprietary CDs cover nine years and are high-risk, as … Read more →

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Review, Appraisal and Triage of Mail (RATOM)

Cal Lee, Sangeeta Desai

Review, Appraisal and Triage of Mail (RATOM), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a joint project of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the State Archives of North Carolina. RATOM is … Read more →

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Adding “Why” Questions to the BitCurator QuickStart Guide to Build a Comprehensive Graduate Archival Teaching/Learning Module

Jane Zhang

The BitCurator QuickStart Guide, designed as a software installation and application manual, provides step-by-step instructions for practitioners to download and run the software tools. As part of the BitCuratorEDU research project, students from the Catholic University’s Library and Information Science Program used the QuickStart Guide … Read more →

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