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The BitCuratorEdu project is a two-year effort funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study and advance the adoption of digital forensics tools and methods in libraries and archives through professional education efforts. This project is a partnership between Educopia Institute and the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with CoSA and several Masters-level programs in library and information science.

The project will address two main research questions:

  1. What are the primary institutional and technological factors that influence adoption of digital forensics tools and methods in LIS classes in different educational settings? Through interviews, surveys, and solicitation of various forms of community input, we will report on factors and implications for educational implementation strategies.
  2. What are the most viable mechanisms for sustaining collaboration among LIS programs on the adoption of digital forensics tools and methods? In close collaboration with the project partners, we will investigate several sustainability mechanisms. This will include, but not be limited to, potential establishment of a special educational member category within the BitCurator Consortium.

To learn more about BitCuratorEdu, visit the official project website:

Project Outputs:

  • Produce and disseminate a publicly accessible set of learning objects to be used by education providers in providing hands-on digital forensics education;
  • Investigate and report on institutional factors to facilitate, hinder and shape adoption of digital forensics educational offerings;
  • Advance a community of practice around digital forensics education, though partner collaboration, wider engagement, and exploration of community sustainability mechanisms;
  • Produce and disseminate a white paper on strategies for offering digital forensics education for information professionals

Professional Experts Panel:

  • Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital Preservation Services, LYRASIS
  • Robert Horton, Assistant Director for Collections and Archives, Smithsonian Institution
  • Sarah Koonts, State Archivist of North Carolina, Council of State Archivists (CoSA)
  • Nancy McGovern, Director of Digital Preservation, MIT Libraries

Project Partners:

  • Catholic University, Jane Zhang
  • Indiana University, Devan Donaldson
  • New York University, Howard Besser
  • San Jose State University, Sandra Hirsh and Alyce Scott
  • Simmons University, Rhiannon Bettivia
  • University of Michigan, Ricky Punzalan
  • University of Michigan, Paul Conway
  • University of Texas, Patricia Galloway
  • Wayne State University, Kimberly Schroeder