BitCurator Environment

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 collecting institutions process born-digital materials. BitCurator supports positive digital preservation outcomes using software and practices adopted from the digital forensics community.

In the BitCurator Environment you can: 

  • Create forensic disk images: Disk images packaged with metadata about devices, file systems, and the creation process.
  • 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 records of provenance.
  • Identify sensitive information: Locate private and sensitive information on digital media and prepare materials for access.
  • Locate and remove duplicate files: Know what files to keep and what can be discarded.

 BitCurator on GitHub

The BitCurator group on GitHub provides all source code and development documentation for the BitCurator NLP (2016-2018), BitCurator Access (2014-2016), and BitCurator (2011-2014) projects.  

 Quick Start Guide

The Quick Start Guide provides instructions on installation and an initial walkthrough of the BitCurator Environment. 

 BitCurator Google Group

The BitCurator Google Group is the place to post questions, discuss issues with the project and development staff, and request features and updates.


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