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.

CurateGear: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections – January 6, 2012 in Chapel Hill

CurateGear: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections

WHAT: The DigCCurr 2012 Public Symposium Presents CurateGear! a highly
interactive day-long event focused on digital curation tools and
methods. See demonstrations, hear about the latest developments, and
discuss application in professional contexts.

WHEN: Friday, January 6, 2012, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Friday Center, UNC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

HOW TO REGISTER: Go to: COST: $100 ($125 for
late registration beginning December 1st); STUDENT COST: $50.

Registration includes continental breakfast, morning and afternoon
breaks, lunch, and free parking.

8:00-8:15 Welcome and Introductions Helen Tibbo
8:15-8:30 Overview of the Day’s Topics Cal Lee
8:30-9:00 Curation Needs and Behaviors
  • Carolyn Hank – The Blog Archiving Landscape: Services and
    Approaches for Personal Blog Preservation
  • Matt Kirschenbaum – More than Words: Literary Authorship and
    Word Processing
  • Doug Reside – On Becoming a Digital Curator for the
    Performing Arts


9:20-10:00 Repository Management Environments
  • Jon Crabtree – SAFE Archive
  • Mark Evans and Mike Thuman – Safety Deposit Box
  • Chien-Yi Hou and Richard Marciano – Policy-Driven Data
  • Peter Van Garderen – Integration of BitCurator knowledge and tools
    into Archivematica
10:00-11:00 Demo and Discussion Session – Repository Management Environments Presenters from the previous session will provide demonstrations
and discuss with CurateGear participants.


11:20-12:00 Metadata and Documentation
  • Barbara Guttman and Doug White – The NSRL and Its Potential
    Role in Digital Curation
  • Mark Matienzo – Accessioning-based Metadata Extraction and
    Iterative Processing: Notes From the Field
  • David Pearson – NLA Digital Preservation Knowledgebases for
    Formats, Software and associated levels of support
  • Seamus Ross – DRAMBORA and the Data Audit Framework


1:00-2:00 Demo and Discussion Session – Metadata and Documentation Presenters from the previous session will provide demonstrations
and discuss with CurateGear participants.
2:00-3:00 Data Transformation, Processing and Access
  • Greg Jansen – Curator’s Workbench
  • Trevor Owens – A free open platform for creating
    interfaces to cultural heritage collections
  • Seth Shaw – Accessioning Evolution @ Duke
  • Bill Underwood – Tools for File Format Identification, Validation
    and Characterization
  • Kam Woods – BitCurator
3:00-3:20 Break
3:20-4:20 Demo and Discussion Session – Data Transformation, Processing
and Access
Presenters from the previous session will provide demonstrations
and discuss with CurateGear participants.
4:20-5:00 Observations and Implications Nancy McGovern, Seamus Ross, Helen Tibbo, Bram van der Werf

Events, how to follow BitCurator, and our upcoming press release.

Information on BitCurator has begun to seep into the Twittersphere! If you’d like to keep track of our activity there, you can point your favorite client at our account.

You may see some project members at the OPF Hackathon this coming week… find us and say hello!

We’re working hard on an official press release. We’ll post it here as soon as it’s available.

Finally, if you’re curious about who’s involved, check out the updated project bios in the “People” tab above!

BitCurator is alive!

BitCurator is a project to provide archivists, digital librarians, and content managers with tools and workflow enhancements drawn from (and developed in parallel with) the digital forensics community.

We will be spinning up project activities, software development, and event planning starting on October 1. For now, you can find basic project information, staff bios, and information on upcoming events in the main panel links.