Digital Forensics XML and Standardization

Wondering what the future of Digital Forensics XML looks like? You can find recent work by NIST at (with a draft schema from based on the original spec for fileobjects at You can also find ongoing work as part of CyBOX at MITRE at

BitCurator depends on DFXML output when producing reports on private and personally identifying information, disk and file formats and organization. As part of our commitment to identifying and implementing ways in which DFXML can be used to enhance the description of and provenance records associated with archival born-digital materials, we’ve joined in a discussion with NIST, MITRE, and other interested parties on the future of standards-compliant DFXML.

Institutional Workflows

In December 2011 and January 2012, the core BitCurator project team met with advisory group members to elicit requirements for incorporating digital forensics tools and techniques into existing institutional workflows.

Based on the feedback we gathered, we’ve now drafted the steps for a BitCurator-supported workflow. We welcome additional feedback – please contact us.



Bit By Bit: Recent Projects on Digital Forensics for Collecting Institutions

This is a guest post by Bradley Daigle, Director of Digital Curation Services and Digital Strategist for Special Collections, University of Virginia; Matthew Kirschenbaum, Associate Professor of English and Associate Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland; and Christopher (Cal) Lee, Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.