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The BitCuratorEdu team is providing a variety of resources to support digital forensics education. We’re updating this page on a rolling basis through the end of the project in 2021. Check back frequently for new resources!

Teaching Materials | Webinars | Workshops and Conference Presentations | BitCurator Community Resources

Teaching Materials

Datasets

Datasets Library

This is a collection of free and open datasets that can be used in developing hands-on digital curation education.

Instructor Support

BitCurator Tool Inventory

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.

BitCuratorEdu Guidelines for Hosting Remote Internships

These guidelines are aimed at information professionals who wish to provide remote internship opportunities to students who seek practical experience in digital curation and preservation. Although the need for remote internships has recently increased due to COVID-19, hopefully these guidelines will also support ongoing efforts to offer remote internships for students and host institutions that are geographically separated.

Lesson Plans/Materials

Creating a Disk Image Using Guymager: Screencast Discussion Questions

These discussion questions can be used to encourage student engagement with the BitCurator screencast, “Creating a Disk Image Using Guymager.” The questions can also be used for discussion accompanying a live demonstration, a guided hands-on exercise, or independent exploration of the BitCurator Environment.

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).

Curating Potentially Sensitive Information in Digital Collections

This is a lesson generated by Christopher (Cal) Lee, Professor at University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, and Co-Principal Investigator of the BitCuratorEdu grant. It includes a lesson overview and slide deck that can be adapted to a variety of classroom needs.

Introduction to the BitCurator Software Environment: Screencast Discussion Questions

These discussion questions can be used to encourage student engagement with the BitCurator screencast, “Introduction to the BitCurator Software Environment.” The questions can also be used for discussion accompanying a live demonstration, a guided hands-on exercise, or independent exploration of the BitCurator Environment.

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.

Readings

BitCuratorEdu Bibliography

This is a developing bibliography of readings in digital curation and digital forensics.


Webinars

BitCuratorEdu: Introduction to the BitCurator Environment for Educators

This webinar is an overview of the BitCurator environment for instructors interested in teaching BitCurator in the classroom.

Introduction to BitCurator Access and NLP for Educators

This webinar is an overview of BitCurator Access and BitCurator NLP, two extensions of the BitCurator environment that facilitate appraisal and access work with born-digital archives.

BitCurator Environment, BitCurator Access and BitCurator NLP: Introduction for IT Professionals

This webinar is 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.


Workshops and Conference Presentations

Digital Curation Education Using Open‐Source Digital Forensics Software: BitCuratorEdu

Christopher “Cal’ Lee, Co-PI | Poster at 14th International Digital Curation Conference | February 4-7, 2019

BitCurator for Museum Professionals

Christopher “Cal” Lee, Co-PI | Digital Library Federation | Museums Cohort Meeting | May 22, 2019

BitCuratorEdu: Supporting and Sustaining Digital Curation Education

Jess Farrell (Project Manager) and Christopher “Cal” Lee (Co-PI) | SAA Research Forum | Archival Educators’ Section | Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting | Aug. 2-3, 2019

Radical Collaboration between Computer Science and Archival Science to Educate Next Generation Archivists

Jane Zhang (BitCuratorEdu Advisory Board) | SAA Research Forum | Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting | Aug. 2, 2019


BitCurator Community Resources

BitCurator Consortium website

Includes more webinars on using BitCurator and information on the BitCurator Consortium community of digital curators.

BitCurator Confluence website

Community documentation, workflows, and other resources can be found on the BitCurator Consortium-hosted Confluence (wiki) site.

BitCurator on GitHub

Download the BitCurator environment and its extension tools.

 

We are happy to take feedback on any of these resources.