The open learning objects listed below are now available from the BitCuratorEdu project!
We hope that these will be useful resources for digital curation educators as you teach lessons in digital curation and digital forensics.
We welcome feedback on any of these learning objects! Please review them, test them out, and submit feedback through the form in the sidebar of each learning object post on the website.
As always, if you have any questions about the project or these learning objects, please contact us.
This is a developing bibliography of readings in digital curation and digital forensics.
This is an inventory of tools in the BitCurator Environment. For each tool, the workflow step, the accepted input (disk image, directory of files, etc.), the type of user interface (GUI/CLI), links to available documentation, and the tool’s function are all listed. This inventory does not include every tool that comes packaged in the BitCurator environment (for example, there are many Linux commands that may aid in data triage or other digital curation activities, but they are too numerous to include). The inventory can serve as a quick reference for instructors who might wish to demonstrate tools in class or discuss how they might be used in different workflows.
Cross-institutional workflow analysis exercise
This is an exercise that asks students to select workflow diagrams from two different institutions and analyze how they represent human agents, technological agents, and the movement of digital objects. Students will not only compare and contrast these workflows, but also discuss their efficacy as artifacts and models. This lesson uses and adapts deliverables from the OSSArcFlow project (IMLS, 2017-2020).
OSSArcFlow Guide to OAIS mapping exercise
This is an exercise that asks students to take the steps outlined in the OSSArcFlow Guide to Documenting Born-Digital Archival Workflows, a guide intended to assist collecting institutions to begin documenting their born-digital workflows, and map them to functional entities in the OAIS Reference Model. This lesson uses and adapts deliverables from the OSSArcFlow project (IMLS, 2017-2020).
Visual workflow diagram translation exercise
This is an exercise that asks students to take a visual diagram of a born-digital archiving workflow and translate the visual elements into text-based narrative, using a tabular description template. This lesson uses and adapts deliverables from the OSSArcFlow project (IMLS, 2017-2020).
Workflow modeling lesson and sticky notes exercise
These slides consist of a brief lesson that introduce students to workflows as models, describes process modeling, an in-class “sticky note” exercise, discussion questions, and real-world examples of born-digital processing workflows.