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Welcome to the BitCurator Wiki

This is the documentation portal for the BitCurator family of projects. Visit the BitCurator blog for news, social media updates, and information about the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants that have supported these projects. Source code and documentation for BitCurator projects can be found on our BitCurator GitHub IO page. Sections below provide detailed information on the individual projects.



BitCurator Virtual Machine (v1.8.16)


BitCurator Installation ISO (v1.8.16)

[SHA256] [USB boot guide]

Quickstart Guide Installing and using BitCurator.

Looking for other (upcoming or older) releases? You can find them on our Release History page.

The BitCurator project focused on bringing digital forensics tools and methods to libraries, archives, and museums working with born-digital materials. This project developed the BitCurator Environment, a Ubuntu-derived Linux distribution geared towards the needs of these institutions. It includes a suite of open source digital forensics and data analysis tools to help collecting institutions process born-digital materials.

Assets, code, and documentation for users and maintainers can be found in our repositories on GitHub. Visit our GitHub IO site for an overview of repository organization. The main documentation repository includes general information intended for maintainers building new versions of the ISO and VM. The build stack repository includes detailed information for developers interested in bootstrapping new builds and contributing to the core environment.

BitCurator Access


Visit the bitcurator-access-webtools repo to get the software.
Quickstart Guide Installing and using bitcurator-access-webtools.
Visit the bitcurator-access-redaction repo to get the software.
Quickstart Guide Installing and using bitcurator-access-redaction.

The BitCurator Access project developed tools to assist collecting institutions provide web-based and local access to born-digital materials held on disk images.

This software includes BitCurator Access Webtools, a virtualized web service to simplify access to raw and forensically-packaged disk images, and BitCurator Access Redaction Tools, a toolset to streamline redaction of targeted patterns in raw data streams.

BitCurator NLP


Visit the BitCurator NLP page for current information about the software.

The BitCurator GitHub IO page links to repositories in development. Some of these projects are listed below.

bitcurator-nlp-gentm (GitHub)

Current and past releases

The BitCurator NLP project is developing software for collecting institutions to extract, analyze, and produce reports on features of interest in text extracted from born-digital materials contained in collections. The software will use existing natural language processing software libraries to identify and report on those items (such as entities and topics) likely to be relevant to ongoing preservation, information organization, and access activities.

Get Help or Contribute

BitCurator User Group Get support and engage with the community.
Screencasts and Video Tutorials Screencasts and tutorials on our YouTube channel.

Follow the links to the right to request help from the user group or view tutorials on YouTube.

The BitCurator wiki currently includes 26 pages. View statistics on users, pages, and edits. To contribute to this wiki, click on Request account. An email with temporary credentials and instructions will arrive once an admin has approved the request. Original content on this wiki is Creative Commons-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. See our GitHub repositories for licenses associated with specific projects.

Development, Funding, and Partners

The BitCurator development team is hosted by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported the BitCurator project (a partnership between UNC SILS and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities) through September 2014, and the BitCurator Access project through September 2016. A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation currently supports the BitCurator NLP project (2016-2018).

BitCurator Consortium members provide continuing support for past projects. If you or your organization use BitCurator tools, please consider joining the Consortium!