Program + registration available for the BitCurator Users Forum 2016

We are pleased to announce the preliminary program is now available for the BitCurator Users Forum 2016. The Forum takes place the day after CurateGear 2016.

Join BitCurator users from around the globe as we discuss how we are using the BitCurator software environment. Hosted by the BitCurator Consortium (BCC), this event will be grounded in the practical, real-world experiences of digital archivists and digital curation experts. Come prepared to discuss your current challenges, share emerging BitCurator integrations and workflows, and address the “now what” of handling your digital forensics outputs.

Date: 15 January 2016
Location: Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

General Registration – $30
Student Registration – $15
BitCurator Consortium Member Registration – Free
Register here.

8:00 – 8:30am Registration and Coffee
8:30 – 9:00am Welcome and Introductions
9:00 – 10:15am Panel: Beyond Floppy Disks
Cultural heritage institutions are collecting a larger variety of media than ever before including external hard drives, computers, and files from hosted cloud services. While there are established workflows and best practices for smaller media objects, many institutions are just now beginning to tackle these other forms of media.

This panel will be a forum to discuss how some institutions are ingesting files from various media types, including the utilization of new tools and the development of new policies and workflows.
10:15 – 10:45am Break
10:45 – 12:00pm Lightning Talks: Not Your Average BitCurator: How Repositories are Using BitCurator Tools in Different Ways
As institutions become exposed to alternative digital forensic tools and their individual strengths and limitations, they are exploring the benefits of expanding their digital curation toolset beyond reliance on any single product. Moreover, the modular architecture of tools like BitCurator has fostered a growing community of contributors who have developed and shared scripts and modifications to the open source code base.

In this lightning talk session, speakers will share how they are using BitCurator tools as part of their digital curation workflow and how they have expanded BitCurator tools to meet the needs of their institution. The session will also allow time for forum participants to ask questions and share their integration challenges and outcomes.
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:45pm Breakouts: Where Should Access Happen?
As processes for acquiring, analyzing, and describing electronic records stabilize, institutions invariably consider access to such materials. Where and how will researchers interact with digital archives? What tools should be available to them? What is the Web’s role in access?

In this breakout session, forum participants will divide into groups to discuss the decision points involved in providing access to born-digital archival materials. The session will begin with a quick brainstorm topics before breaking out. Discussion facilitators will have several topics in mind, but participants are encouraged to have their own discussion topics and provocative statements.
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00pm Panel: Integration with other systems
Acquisitions and processing workflows often end with a set of output files from various digital curation software tools, including both content and metadata. How does an electronic records program ensure that the output files can integrate with new or existing platforms for long term preservation? In this session, panelists will discuss their experience with different preservation and description systems, including both open source and licensed systems, and how they have approached integrating the output of their workflows into those systems.
4:00 – 4:30pm Wrap up and Future discussion

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 Wilson Library.)

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)