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The BitCurator is a general purpose desktop (and command line) tool designed to automate simple, file-based operations. The File Analyzer assembles a toolkit of tasks a user can perform. The tasks that have been written into the File Analyzer code base have been optimized for use by libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions.
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The BitCurator Environment is a Ubuntu-derived Linux distribution geared towards the needs of archivists and librarians. It includes a suite of open source digital forensics and data analysis tools to help with collecting institutions process born-digital materials. BitCurator supports positive digital preservation outcomes using software (such Bulk Extractor, fiwalk, FSLint and FITS) and includes practices adopted from the digital forensics community.

The tasks that have been written include:

Creating forensic disk images: Disk images packaged with metadata about devices, file systems, and the creation process. Analyzing files and file systems: View details on file system contents from a wide variety of file systems. Extracting file system metadata: File system metadata is a critical link in the chain of custody and in records of provenance. Identifying sensitive information: Locate private and sensitive information on digital media and prepare materials for access. Locating and remove duplicate files: Know what files to keep and what can be discarded.

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The BitCurator project has been a joint effort led by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) to develop a system for collecting professionals that incorporates the functionality of many digital forensics tools begun in 2011.

Amongst the original 2011-2014 development team was Christopher (Cal) Lee, Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and was Principal Investigator of the BitCurator project, which is developing and disseminating open-source digital forensics tools for use by archivists and librarians.

BitCurator software is now housed in a set of repositories on GitHub.

File an Issue The BitCurator Consortium maintains a JIRA instance to respond to software and environment issues outside of GitHub.

Release Process and Schedule Visit the Release Process and Schedule page for additional information on how the Consortium manages feature updates, bugfixes, and release scheduling.

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