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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 collecting institutions process born-digital materials. BitCurator supports positive digital preservation outcomes using software (see our Tasks and Tools page) 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 and redact sensitive information: Locate private and sensitive information on digital media and prepare materials for public access.
  • Locate and remove duplicate files: Know what files to keep and what can be discarded.

Installing BitCurator

Instructions on how to install run the BitCurator environment as a virtual machine in VirtualBox, and how to install the BitCurator environment on a dedicated host machine using the Live CD image

Using BitCurator

An overview of how BitCurator can be used in digital curation and preservation workflows and activities 

Tasks and Tools Overview

Description of the various tasks that can be performed with tools in the BitCurator Environment

Scripts Library

A library of scripts produced by BitCurator users 

Internationalization Support

Adapting the system for work in non-English environments.

Downloads

Follow the link below to download current and past releases of the BitCurator Environment. Direct downloads are hosted by iBibio.

Get BitCurator (Virtual Machine or ISO) 

Get the Quick Start Guide (Instructions for installing and using BitCurator)

The current stable release is always at the top of the Releases page. You can available past and upcoming releases, along with select release notes, in the Release Notes page.

Virtual Machine Login

BitCurator ships with a default user. You are strongly encouraged to change the default password when working in a production environment.

username: bcadmin

password: bcadmin

Online Help

BitCurator User Group Get support and discuss issues with the community.

Screencasts and Video Tutorials Useful screencasts on our YouTube channel.

Licenses

The source in the BitCurator environment GitHub repositories is GPL v3 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.

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