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BitCurator is a suite of Linux-based open-source digital forensics and data-analysis tools to help collecting institutions process born-digital materials.

Using BitCurator, digital archivists can improve digital preservation outcomes using tools and practices adopted from the digital forensics community. These tasks include:

  • Create forensic disk images: Your disk images are packaged with metadata about the device, software, and process used to create them.
  • Analyze files and file systems: View details on file system contents from a wide variety of file systems.
  • Extract file system metadata: File system metadata is a critical link in the chain of custody and in describing provenance.
  • Identify and redact sensitive information: Locate private and sensitive information on digital media and prepare the media for ethical public use.
  • Identify and remove duplicate files: Know what files to keep and what can be discarded.

Find more details about specific programs available in BitCurator on our software page.

Get BitCurator

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BitCurator Virtual Machine (v0.8.4)

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BitCurator Installation ISO (v0.8.4)

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Quickstart Guide v0.8.4 Walk through installation and BitCurator use.
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The BitCurator Community Get support and speak with members of the team.

Virtual Machine Login

BitCurator ships with a default user. We suggest you change the password when working in production environments!

username: bcadmin

password: bcadmin

License

Software in our Github repository is GNU GPLv3 licensed. This wiki, documentation, and other materials generated by the BitCurator team are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). All other software included in the BitCurator environment is distributed in accordance with original licenses.

Acknowledgements

The BitCurator project is hosted at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) in partnership with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). BitCurator is funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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The BitCurator.net project website people page has information on the BitCurator team and contributors.

Documentation

  1. Add BitCurator to Your Archival Workflow
  2. Install BitCurator
  3. Prepare Your Media
  4. Data Triage
  5. Explore Your Disk Images

The following descriptions include text-and-screenshot tutorials. You can also visit our video gallery to watch related screencasts.

  1. Add BitCurator to Your Archival Workflow
  2. Install BitCurator. You can use BitCurator as a virtual machine (VM), or install it as an operating system.
    1. Install BitCurator from the ISO as a stand-alone operating system
    2. Install BitCurator tools on an existing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS system
  3. Prepare Your Media. Connect the media you wish to explore—external hard drives, floppy disk drives, USB flash media, and others—safely to the machine running BitCurator, analyze the file system(s).
  4. Data Triage. Clean, organize, and explore your data.
  5. Explore Your Disk Images. Generate detailed forensic reports to help you understand your files and prepare them for public access.
  6. Or, explore using these features on their own:

    1. Understanding types of information you might wish to scan for
    1. Descriptions and examples of Digital Forensics XML tags


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