*Apologies for cross-postings*BitCurator User Forum 2017 Call for Proposals

The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is accepting proposals for the 2017
BitCurator User Forum
<>, to be held
April 27 - 28 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. An
international, community-led organization with over 25 member institutions,
the BCC promotes and supports the BitCurator environment, an open source
environment of digital forensics tools for use in libraries, archives,
museums, and other educational applications.

Digital Forensics: The academic library and beyond

Over the last decade, cultural heritage institutions have applied
techniques and software developed for criminal investigation and
prosecution to their own work. These applications have repurposed automated
processes in unintended ways, leading to new ways of engaging with digital
materials. We want to hear your experiences and visions of how digital
forensics affects your work.

We invite proposals for the following session formats:




   Lightning Talks

   Birds-of-a-Feather discussions

   Day-long sessions that address real world problems or needs to make
   progress against

Other session formats are welcome, especially sessions that incorporate
interactivity and audience participation.

We invite presentations that address any topic related to digital
forensics. Topics of particular interest include:


   ethical concerns: how might donor relations and/or institutional risk
   tolerance affect forensic analysis

   records management: how can forensic analysis support records management

   donor and curatorial relations: challenges and opportunities when
   working with donors and/or curators

   process automation: use of scripting and related methods to support

   data management: intersections between research data and forensic

   digital humanities: support for digital humanities work

   practical uses outside of archival workflows: researcher use, data
   mining, related special projects

Submission Information


1 - 2 presenters, 45 - 60 minutes

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.

This format is intended for one or two speakers presenting a single
perspective, piece of research, or practical investigation. We encourage
presentations to move beyond the case study and address pressing issues,
best practices, opportunities for collaboration, visions, and expanded uses
for digital forensics in libraries, archives, and museums.


3 - 5 presenters, 60 - 75 minutes

Please submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract. If submitting as an solo
speaker, individual panelists may be matched by the BCC Program Committee
based on complementarity of subjects or overarching themes.

We encourage panels to represent a range of professional backgrounds and
experience. Proposals that include diverse perspectives (i.e., faculty,
students, community members, archivists, and/or multiple institutions) are
strongly encouraged. Alternative panel formats (pecha kucha, lightning
talks followed by small group discussions, or others) that will facilitate
dialogue and enlarge participation are also invited.

Birds-of-a-Feather Discussions

1 - 2 leaders, 60 - 75 minutes

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are networking opportunities in which
presenters will lead an informal discussion about a chosen topic for fellow
practitioners. Birds-of-a-Feather discussions may be scheduled during lunch
or as a concurrent session.

Lightning Talks

1 presenter, 5-12 minutes

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Lightning talks are a great format for case studies, digital forensics
“success stories” or “tragic tales,” and research updates.

Real world issues

We welcome the submission of issues you’re experiencing in your regular
work with respect to digital forensics tools, whether it be desired
functionality, automation that may not yet exist, or other workflow
breakdowns. Filling out this form <>
will help us create a longform, hands-on session that will tackle one or
more identified needs.


The BCC Program Committee will review and accept abstracts based on their
relevance to the conference theme and audience; the clarity of description;
and their potential for inspiring discussion, collaboration, and


Submission Deadline: January 15, 2017

Acceptance Notification: February 15, 2017

How to Submit

Submit proposals here

Eligibility & Requirements

We welcome proposals from archivists, librarians, digital forensics
software and systems providers (vendors), scholars, students, and other
individuals working with digital forensics on a regular basis, at both BCC
member institutions and non-member institutions, large and small.

Presenters must register for and attend the conference. Presenters must
also sign and submit a speaker agreement granting permission to the BCC to
distribute their slides online with a CC-BY license. Some sessions will be
recorded and distributed online, with permission from the presenters. These
presenters will also be asked to sign and submit an agreement granting
permission to the BCC to record presentations and distribute recordings
online with a CC-BY license. Exceptions to the CC-BY license will be
considered on a case-by-case basis.

BitCurator Consortium

The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) is an independent, community-led membership
association that serves as the host and center of administrative, user and
community support for the BitCurator environment. Its purpose is to support
the curation of born-digital materials through the application of
open-source digital forensics tools by institutions responsible for such

The BCC is now welcoming institutions in all sectors and nations to join as
General Members.  Member benefits include:


   Access to the BCC help desk

   Prioritization in future feature and enhancement requests

   Dedicated educational offerings

   Voting rights

   Eligibility to serve on the BCC Executive Council and Committees

   Service opportunities

   Community engagement and networking

   Professional development and training

   Subscription to a dedicated BCC member mailing list

   Special rates for BCC events, including the annual BitCurator User Forum

The BCC exists to ensure that the BitCurator community continues to thrive
in the years to come. Please consider joining this growing community of
practice and international conversation around this emerging set of

For more information, visit


Sam Meister
Preservation Communities Manager, Educopia Institute
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