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Welcome to the BitCurator wiki!

This is the documentation portal for the BitCurator family of projects. Looking for the latest release of the BitCurator Environment? Check out the Quick Links section below. Visit the BitCurator blog for news and information about the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants that have supported these projects.

Original content on this wiki is Creative Commons-licensed. The BitCurator wiki currently includes 23 pages. View statistics on users, pages, and edits.


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Community support for previously grant-funded BitCurator projects is provided by the BitCurator Consortium. If you or your organization use BitCurator tools, please consider joining the Consortium!

Quick Links

BitCurator Environment (Current Release)

BitCurator Virtual Machine (v1.7.102)

[Torrent] [MD5]

BitCurator Installation ISO (v1.7.102)

[Torrent] [MD5]

Quickstart Guide Installing and using BitCurator.

BitCurator Access Tools (Releases on GitHub)

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

BitCurator NLP Tools

Visit the BitCurator NLP page for current info.

Online Help

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

BitCurator Projects

Source code and documentation for BitCurator projects can be found on the BitCurator GitHub IO page. Follow the links below for additional information on the individual projects.

BitCurator NLP
BitCurator Access
  1. BitCurator NLP

    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.

  2. BitCurator Access

    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.

  3. BitCurator

    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 describing how the BitCurator environment is built is are provided in our repositories on GitHub. Visit our GitHub IO site to see how these repositories are organized. The environmental assets repository includes detailed instructions on building the environment and generating the ISO.

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!