BitCurator 2.0.6 released

A new production release of BitCurator (2.0.6) is now available at the BitCurator release portal.

You can download the VirtualBox VM and installation ISO directly using the following links:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-2.0.6.tar.gz
http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-2.0.6.iso

BitCurator 2.0.6 fixes several long-standing issues related to environment stability when the environment is installed as a host operating system on single or multi-boot systems.

A couple of the most commonly reported issues with previous BitCurator releases (when installed as a host OS) have been (a) failure to recognize or mount the host OS drive after reboot with read-only enforcement enabled, and (b) the unintuitive/fragile process required to permanently write-enable specific drives installed in the machine other than the boot disk  – drives that are typically used for secondary or working storage.

These issues are addressed in the 2.0.6 release as follows:

  • Fixed a bug in rbfstab that in some cases caused the contents of the file system mount record (fstab) to be lost on reboot due to automatic cleaning of a temporary directory used by rbfstab, and resulting in a black screen (failure to boot to the desktop). In 2.0.6, read-only enforcement remains off by default, but may be enabled and left enabled between reboots after installation.
  • Updated the read-only enforcement tool (rbfstab) to target only USB devices. Secondary storage devices permanently mounted in the host system will no longer be affected, and multi-boot systems (e.g. BitCurator/Windows dual-boot) should now remain stable between reboots. Dialog text for the mount-policy appindicator on the desktop (the red/green disk icon) has been updated to reflect this change. Drive automounting remains disabled in all states, as with previous releases.

VirtualBox 5.2.16 guest additions are preloaded in the 2.0.6 VM.

Need to find an older 16.04LTS-based release? You can find available releases in the “Release Notes” section of the BitCurator release portal.

Questions? Visit the BitCurator Users Group to speak with members of the community.

BitCurator 2.0.0 released

A new production release of BitCurator (2.0.0) is now available at the BitCurator release portal.

You can download the VirtualBox VM and installation ISO directly using the following links:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-2.0.0.tar.gz
http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-2.0.0.iso

BitCurator 2.0.0 is the first official Ubuntu 18.04LTS-based release of BitCurator.

  • Desktop performance in the VM significantly improved
  • Various security and power management updates for modern hardware
  • Read-only mount protection for all non-boot devices is disabled by default to reduce commonly reported boot failure issues on installed systems. RO mount protection may still be enabled by selecting the mount status icon in the indicator menu (as in previous releases), but should not be left enabled between boots. Use with caution, or use a hardware write blocker!
  • Attached devices are no longer displayed in the dock (default behavior in Ubuntu 18.04LTS). Since automount remains disabled in BitCurator 2.0.0, you must open a file browser (click “Files” icon in the dock) to view attached devices.

VirtualBox 5.2.16 guest additions are preloaded in the 2.0.0 VM.

Need to find an older 16.04LTS-based release? You can find available releases in the “Release Notes” section of the BitCurator release portal.

Questions? Visit the BitCurator Users Group to speak with members of the community.

BitCurator 1.8.22 released (+ early preview of BitCurator 2.0.0)

A new production release of BitCurator (1.8.22) is now available at the BitCurator release portal.

You can download the installation ISO and preconfigured VM directly using the following links:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-1.8.22.iso
http://distro.ibiblio.org/bitcurator/BitCurator-1.8.22.tar.gz

This is a maintenance release, and includes an updated Linux kernel, VirtualBox 5.2.8 guest additions, and other support software library updates.

Interested in testing out an upcoming release? Visit our revised download landing page at:

https://github.com/BitCurator/bitcurator-distro/wiki/Releases

and scroll down to “Release Notes” for links to an early beta release of BitCurator 2.0.0. BitCurator 2.0.0 will be the first release of BitCurator based on Ubuntu 18.04LTS. Stay tuned to the BitCurator Users Group for more information on this release in the coming weeks.

Registration for nlp4arc 2018 is now open

We are pleased to announce that registration for the BitCurator NLP Forum 2018 (nlp4arc) is now open. The event will focus on the application of natural language processing (NLP) to support use, access, and analysis of digital primary source materials. Click here to register.

A rapidly growing body of materials with significant cultural value are “born digital.” Information professionals must be prepared to extract digital materials from their original environments and media in ways that reflect the rich metadata and ensure the integrity of the materials. They must also support new forms of access: allowing users to make sense of materials and understand their context.

There are many types of contextual information that can be vital to making sense and meaningful use of digital objects. These can include objects, agents, occurrences, purposes, times, places, form of expressions, concepts/abstractions and relationships.

There are many existing open-source tools that libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) can use to identify, extract and expose such contextual entities from the wide diversity of born-digital materials that LAMs already hold and continue to receive. NLP tools and methods can help to both (1) facilitate curatorial decision making and description, and (2) generate access points to be presented to end users.

nlp4arc 2018
February 2, 2018 – 9:00am – 5:00pm Dey Hall, Toy Lounge
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Suggested hashtag: #nlp4arc


Program

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and introduction – Cal Lee
9:15-10:30 Foundations and Strategies

  • Michael Piotrowski, University of Lausanne – Historical Texts, NLP, and Formal Models
  • Daniel Pitti, University of Virginia – Name Entities, Named Entities, Facts in Contexts
  • Carl Wilson, Open Preservation Foundation – Not Just Building Tools: Strategies for Sustaining Software and Associated Communities
  • Mark Matienzo, Stanford University – Practical and Ethical Considerations of NLP Applied to Humanitarian Digital Libraries
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Implementation and Projects

  • Mary Elings, University of California, Berkeley – Using NLP to Support Dynamic Arrangement, Description, and Discovery of Born Digital Collections
  • Jeremy Gibson and Nitin Arora, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – “Honey, I Tagged the Email! Now What?”: NLP and the TOMES Project
  • Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Gathering Specimens to Augment Authority Files
  • Stéfan Sinclair, McGill University – Spyral Notebooks: Some Reasons Why the World Needs Yet Another Jupyter
12:00-12:30 Panel on NLP Lessons Learned

  • Jaime Arguello, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Stephanie Haas, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:15 Enabling Technologies

  • Laney McGlohon, ArchiveSpace – Finding the Data: The Use of a Data
    Dictionary in Retrieving Descriptive Metadata from ArchivesSpace
  • Kam Woods and Cal Lee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – BitCurator NLP Development and Plans
2:15-2:45 Generation of Breakout Topics
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-3:45 Breakout Sessions
3:45-4:15 Reporting Back from Breakout Sessions
4:15-5:00 Wrap Up and Next Steps

Registration
General Registration – $30
Student & BitCurator Consortium Members Registration – $15
Register here.

Accommodations
Please see the list of nearby hotels below.

The Carolina Inn 211 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Tel 800.962.8519
(This is the closest option. It is on the UNC Campus, just a couple of blocks from the Student Union.)

Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill Carrboro/Downtown
370 East Main Street, Unit 100
Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
Tel 919.969.6988
(Walkable distance)

Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill
6119 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Tel 919.489.7555

Aloft Chapel Hill
1001 South Hamilton Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Tel 866.716.8143
(Shuttle buses available)

Registration for nlp4arc is now open

We are pleased to announce that registration for the BitCurator NLP Forum 2017 (nlp4arc) is now open. The event will focus on the application of natural language processing (NLP) to support use, access, and analysis of digital primary source materials. Click here to register.

A rapidly growing body of materials with significant cultural value are “born digital.” Information professionals must be prepared to extract digital materials from their original environments and media in ways that reflect the rich metadata and ensure the integrity of the materials. They must also support new forms of access: allowing users to make sense of materials and understand their context.

There are many types of contextual information that can be vital to making sense and meaningful use of digital objects. These can include objects, agents, occurrences, purposes, times, places, form of expressions, concepts/abstractions and relationships.

There are many existing open-source tools that libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) can use to identify, extract and expose such contextual entities from the wide diversity of born-digital materials that LAMs already hold and continue to receive. NLP tools and methods can help to both (1) facilitate curatorial decision making and description, and (2) generate access points to be presented to end users.

The day will include a series of short talks by internationally-recognized experts, followed by a set of participant-driven unconference discussions. Speakers will include:

Event Information
Date: 3 February 2017 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Student Union rooms 3206A and 3206B, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Registration
General Registration – $30
Student & BitCurator Consortium Members Registration – $15
Register here.

Accommodations
Please see the list of nearby hotels below.

The Carolina Inn 211 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Tel 800.962.8519
(This is the closest option. It is on the UNC Campus, just a couple of blocks from the Student Union.)

Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill Carrboro/Downtown
370 East Main Street, Unit 100
Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
Tel 919.969.6988
(Walkable distance)

Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill
6119 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Tel 919.489.7555

Aloft Chapel Hill
1001 South Hamilton Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Tel 866.716.8143
(Shuttle buses available)