The BitCurator Project has announced the foundation of The BitCurator Consortium. With initial funding from Mellon, the BitCurator Project, based at MITH and the University of North Carolina SILS, “has developed, packaged and documented open-source digital forensics tools to allow libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) to extract digital materials from removable media in ways that reflect the metadata and ensure the integrity of the materials, allowing users to make sense of materials and understand their context, and preventing inadvertent disclosure of sensitive data.” The consortium is positioned as:
an independent, community-led membership association that will serve as the host and center of administrative, user and community support for the BitCurator environment. Its purpose is to support curation of born-digital materials through the application of open-source digital forensics tools by institutions responsible for such materials.
The Consortium welcomes members from “institutions in all sectors and all nations.” Membership is divided in general and charter categories, with different benefits and fees accruing to each; inquiries can be directed at Cal Lee, email@example.com.