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The BitCurator environment is an Ubuntu-derived Linux distribution geared towards the needs of archivists and librarians. It includes a suite of open source digital forensics and data analysis tools to help collecting institutions process born-digital materials.

BitCurator is widely used across libraries and archives to prepare digital material for long-term access and preservation. This webinar, an output of the BitCuratorEdu project, is an overview of BitCurator tools and how to administer and support them, geared toward IT professionals responsible for managing technology deployment and maintenance for LIS faculty.

The BitCuratorEdu project is a three-year effort funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study and advance the adoption of digital forensics tools and methods in libraries and archives through professional education efforts. This project is a partnership between Educopia Institute and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with CoSA and several Masters-level programs in library and information science.

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Webinar content:

00:00:00 Cal Lee: Introduction to the BitCuratorEdu project and this webinar
00:06:30 How BitCurator supports LIS curriculum
00:11:30 Examples of digital forensics hardware and workstation setups
00:13:15 Suggested background readings and resources
00:14:55 Overview of the BitCurator environment
00:37:20 Kam Woods: Using and Configuring the BitCurator Environment – Practical Considerations
00:45:14 BitCurator Access and Redaction Tools
00:47:51 BitCurator NLP Toolsets in Development: BitCurator Access Webtools, bitcurator-nlp-gentm (topic modeling), bitcurator-nlp entspan (entity identification & reporting)
01:05:05 Q&A