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BitCurator Users Forum 2018

Living on the Edge: Extending Digital Forensics into New Sectors

The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) invites proposals for the 2018 BitCurator
Users Forum <>, to be held
September 13-14 at the University of California, Los Angeles. An
international, community-led organization with 27 member institutions, the
BCC promotes and supports the application of digital forensics tools and
practices in libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage

As cultural heritage institutions borrow and adapt forensic techniques from
criminal investigation, repurposing these context-specific forensic tools
raises new questions and possibilities for engaging with born-digital
materials. We want to hear your experiences and visions of how digital
forensics affects your work. In previous BitCurator Users Forums we have
focused on sharing strategies, approaches, and best practices for using
digital forensics tools and methods within processing workflows in
archives, libraries, and museums. While we still encourage proposals in
these topic areas, this year we are seeking to expand the scope and
discussions on digital forensics to new areas including, but not limited to
personal digital archiving, digital humanities research, and data privacy.
We particularly welcome participation from organizations and individuals
working outside of academic and special collections libraries, as well as
individuals working outside of the United States.

Please note that the BitCurator Users Forum is open to all. You don't need
to be a BCC member to submit a proposal and/or attend the event.

The first day of the BitCurator Users Forum will feature an introduction to
digital forensics workshop aimed at practitioners who are just getting
started working with digital forensics tools and methods. This workshop
will include an overview of digital forensics concepts, and will mostly
focus on hands-on exercises and activities. For attendees looking to dive a
little deeper into specific topics or issues, day one will also feature a
“Let’s-Do-This-a-thon”--a collaborative working session for which we are
seeking suggestions of topics, hare-brained project ideas, problems,
issues, etc. We invite submissions in advance (more details below) but will
provide time at the beginning of day one for attendees to self-organize
around topics and interests. The second day will include a mix of panels,
presentations, and lightning talks.

We invite proposals for the following session formats:


   “Let’s-do-this-a-thon” working sessions



   Lightning Talks

Submission Information

“Let’s-do-this-a-thon” sessions

Inspired by OpenCon’s Do-A-Thon <>, we are
organizing activities on day one around this model of quickly forming small
groups to start getting things done. We welcome submissions on a wide range
of topics, problems/challenges, project ideas, workflow issues, theoretical
musings, etc. These sessions do not have to be technical in nature / focus,
and could include topics such as:


   sharing best practices on description of born-digital materials

   outreach and advocacy

   training strategies for public services staff

   tools / scripts that you want to start building

   works-in-progress you’d like to get feedback on


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.


Individual or group submissions welcome. 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, researchers, 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.

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.

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:


   case studies: specific applications of digital forensics in a variety of
   domains - architecture, design, art, manuscripts, organizational records,
   museum collections, corporate archives, digital humanities, investigative
   journalism, personal digital archiving, to name some examples - and with
   different types of materials, such as records, manuscripts, digital art, or
   research data

   access to born-digital materials: how are organizations providing
   access? What description, software, hardware, and policies are used?

   training: teaching and learning in digital preservation, forensics, and
   archives, including advocacy, “in-reach,” and cross-training across roles
   within organizations

   ethical concerns: how privacy and security, donor relations,
   institutional risk tolerance, and other ethical issues affect forensic

   tool integrations: developing workflows that connect multiple digital
   curation systems

   process automation: use of scripting and related methods to support


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: April 20, 2018

Acceptance Notification: May 18, 2018

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. We
particularly welcome submissions from organizations and individuals working
outside of the United States, as well as individuals working outside of
academic and special collections libraries.

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 materials.

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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