Introduction to BitCurator: Using BitCurator to Support Digital Curation

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This ninety-minute online class will explore how and why library, archives and museums (LAMs) can use the open-source BitCurator environment to support digital curation goals, including: creation of authentic copies of data on disks; reflection of the original order of materials; establishment of more trustworthy chains of custody; discovery and exposure of associated contextual information; and identification of sensitive information that should be filtered, redacted or masked in appropriate ways.. We’ll explore the layers of hardware and software that allow bitstreams on digital media to be read as files, the roles and relationships of these layers, and tools and techniques for ensuring the completeness and evidential value of data.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Understand various levels of representation in digital materials and implications for digital curation
  • Identify situations in which digital forensics methods can best support digital curation activities
  • Perform digital curation tasks using the BitCurator environment

Instructor: Cal Lee

Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee is a Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and editor of The American Archivist. He teaches archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and digital forensics.

He is currently Principal Investigator for BitCurator NLP and was PI of BitCurator Access and BitCurator, projects that have developed and disseminated open-source digital forensics tools for use by libraries, archives, and museums (LAMS). He is also co-PI for OSSArcFlow, a project led by SILS and the Educopia Institute, to research, devise, and test strategies for implementing three leading open source software (OSS) technologies, the BitCurator environment, ArchivesSpace, and Archivematica.

Dr. Lee’s primary area of research is curation of digital collections. He is particularly interested in the professionalization of this work and the diffusion of existing tools and methods into professional practice. Cal developed “A Framework for Contextual Information in Digital Collections,” and edited and provided several chapters to I, Digital: Personal Collections in the Digital Era published by the Society of American Archivists.

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Special Collections

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