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I wanted to share this announcement with the broad CNI-announce community, even though it has already been posted to some more specialized digital preservation lists. The release of the free, open source digital forensics software described below, a joint effort of the University of North Carolina I-school and MITH at the University of Maryland enabled by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding, finally puts an important class of digital preservation and curation tools into the hands of archivists, librarians, and curators of all kinds. This is particularly important in the emerging area of digital personal archives and archiving.
Release of BitCurator 1.0: Free and Open-Source Software for Libraries, Archives and Museums
Release date: September 25, 2014
CHAPEL HILL – The BitCurator project today announced the release of BitCurator 1.0, a free and open-source digital forensics software environment for libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) to acquire and process born-digital materials. The BitCurator environment can be installed as a Linux environment; run as a virtual machine on top of other operating systems (Windows, Mac, Unix/Linux); or run as individual software tools, packages, support scripts and documentation. The software release is the culmination of a three-year (2011-2014), collaborative effort between the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland. The project was made possible through two phases of funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“This is an exciting milestone,” says Christopher (Cal) Lee, principal investigator for the BitCurator project and associate professor at SILS. “Although there are already numerous collecting institutions across the globe that are using the BitCurator environment, release of version 1.0 is a further sign of the software’s maturity.”
Matthew Kirschenbaum, co-principle investigator for the project and associate director at MITH, concurs. “There is now widespread recognition that digital forensics methods and tools have a significant role in the cultural heritage sector. With the release of BitCurator 1.0, collecting professionals now have convenient access to a range of open source digital forensics tools to assist in the processing of born-digital and hybrid collections.”
Among its many functionalities, the BitCurator environment allows individuals to create forensic disk images, perform data triage tasks, analyze and report on file systems, identify personal and sensitive information (such as social security numbers or credit card information), and enables the capture and export of technical metadata.
With the completion of the BitCurator project, support for the BitCurator environment and associated user community is shifting to the BitCurator Consortium (BCC) [http://www.bitcurator.net/bitcurator-consortium/] an independent, community-led membership association that will serve as the host and center of administrative, user and community support for the software.
More information about the project is available at http://bitcurator.net. All of the BitCurator software, documentation and instructional materials can be freely downloaded from http://wiki.bitcurator.net. Interested individuals can join the BitCurator users list and follow @bitcurator on Twitter.
Following up on a session from one of our recent CNI membership meetings, I wanted to share this announcement of the release of the new version 2.0 of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). This is a very helpful integrating framework for a number of image-related services and interactions which I think is starting to gain some significant deployment.
Subject: IIIF Image and Presentation API Version 2.0 Published
The International Image Interoperability Framework community
(http://iiif.io/) is pleased to announce the release of the second major
version of its specifications intended to provide a shared layer for
dynamic interactions with images and the structure of the collections
and objects of which they are part. These APIs are used in production
systems to enable cross-institutional integration of content, via mix
and match of best of class front end applications and servers.
This release adds additional functionality derived from real world use
cases needed by partners within the community, and reflects more than a
year of experience with the previous versions and significant input from
across the cultural heritage community. It also formalizes many of the
aspects that were implicit in the initial versions and makes puts into
place a manageable framework for sustainable future development.
Detailed change notes are available.
The specifications are available at:
Image API: http://iiif.io/api/image/2.0/
Presentation API: http://iiif.io/api/presentation/2.0/
Accompanying the release of the specifications is a suite of community
infrastructure tools, including reference implementations of all
versions of the Image API, collections of valid and intentionally
invalid example Presentation API resource descriptions, plus validators
for both APIs. Production ready software is available for the full Image
API stack, with server implementations in both Loris  and IIP Server
, and rich client support in the popular Open Seadragon .
There will be a rollout and dissemination event on October 20th, 2014 at
the British Library to celebrate this release and engage with the wider
community. Further details at http://iiif.io/event/2014/london.html, all
are welcome but (free) registration is required.
Feedback, comments and questions are welcomed on the discussion list at
Sincerely and on behalf of the community,
 Loris: https://github.com/pulibrary/loris/
 IIP Server: https://github.com/ruven/iipsrv
 Open Seadragon: http://openseadragon.github.io/
On September 22-23, 2014 the Library of Congress hosted its annual invitational meeting on Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections in Washington DC; I was once again fortunate to be able to attend. This is a consistently excellent meeting that makes a real contribution to understanding interactions among storage systems, reliability and resilience, and preservation and digital library economics. The presentation materials from the meeting are now online at
There is a wealth of valuable material here that will be of interest to CNI-announce readers.
For those interested in assessment of learning spaces, you will want to download version 1 of the newly released Learning Space Rating System (LSRS) available on the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) website at http://www.educause.edu/eli/initiatives/learning-space-rating-system
From the Introduction:
“The Learning Space Rating System (LSRS) project provides a set of measurable criteria to assess how well the design of classrooms support and enable active learning activities. Noting the success of several architectural programs to promote sustainable building design, the LSRS provides a scoring system to serve as an indicator of how well a classroom’s design serves the goal of active learning. The LSRS criteria form the basis for a rating system that will allow institutions to benchmark their environments against best practices within the higher education community.”
While this version focused on formal learning spaces, primarily classrooms, future versions will informal spaces (such as library and computer center spaces) and specialized spaces.
Washington DC — The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is pleased to announce the selection of doctoral student Jordan Eschler and master’s student Olivia Dorsey as the 2014 recipients of the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for graduate study in library and information sciences. The fellowship was established to honor the memory of CNI founding executive director Paul Evan Peters; it recognizes outstanding scholarship and intellectual rigor, a commitment to civic responsibility and democratic values, and imagination. This is the first time two fellowships are being awarded in one year.
Jordan Eschler is a PhD student at the University of Washington’s Information School; she holds a BA in Economics and English from the University of Michigan and an MS in Information Management from the University of Washington. Eschler was selected for the Peters Fellowship, in part, for her research in helping to empower patients in their healthcare decisions, focusing especially on the unique circumstances of young adults with chronic disease. This segment of the population, Eschler points out, typically has fewer resources than older patients, but it is generally more inclined to seek advice and information from online communities. University of Washington iSchool professor Michael Eisenberg, who recommended Eschler for the award, wrote that she “shares the same sense of passion and commitment to using technology to improve society and services to people” as the award’s namesake.
This year’s recipient of the new award for master’s students, Olivia Dorsey, begins a program in information science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she previously received a BS in information science. Dorsey is particularly interested in using digital humanities to explore issues surrounding diversity, experience and identity. As an undergraduate research fellow, Dorsey created the digital archive FranklinMemories.com, which documents the faces and voices of the African American community in the racially diverse Appalachian town of Franklin, NC. Dorsey “has demonstrated outstanding potential for research and scholarship,” wrote University of Maryland professor Richard Marciano in a letter recommending her for the award, concluding, “she is committed to the archives profession and advancing diversity concerns within it.”
CNI executive director Clifford Lynch stated, “This year we again had a wonderful applicant pool that would have made Paul Peters both delighted and proud, and we have a great pair of awardees that honor his memory.” Commenting on this year’s change to the fellowship, “I am particularly pleased that this cycle we were able to offer a second award specifically targeted at a master’s-level student; this allows us to recognize people who are eager to move quickly into professional practice, paralleling Paul’s career trajectory.”
Selection committee members included: Ellen Borkowski, chief information officer at Union College; Clem Guthro, director of the Colby College Libraries; Jennifer Paustenbaugh, university librarian at Brigham Young University; and Joan Lippincott, associate executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information.
About the Fellowship
The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of the founding executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information. Funded by donations from Peters’s colleagues, friends, and family, in 2014, the fellowship provides two two-year awards: one to a doctoral student in the amount of $5,000 per year, and one to a master’s student in the amount of $2,500 per year. Fellowships are given to students who demonstrate intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Peters, including:
• Commitment to the use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity, and public life
• Interest in the civic responsibilities of networked information professionals, and a commitment to democratic values and government accountability
• Positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges
• Humor, vision, humanity, and imagination
The fellowship will be awarded next in 2016; applications will be available on CNI’s website, www.cni.org.
More information about the fellowship and its current and past recipients is available at www.cni.org/go/pep-fellowship.
CNI is a coalition of over 220 institutions dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. The Coalition, which is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE, is headquartered in Washington DC. More about CNI is at www.cni.org.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at www.arl.org.
A nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education, EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. For more information, visit educause.edu.
As part of our continuing interest in the evolution of the scholarly monograph, CNI is very pleased to be a partner with the Association of Research Libraries in the ARL 2014 Fall Forum, “Wanted Dead or Alive — the Scholarly Monograph”. This one-day meeting, to be held in Washington DC on the 9th of October, 2014, will look at developments surrounding the monograph from a variety of directions, including the economics of monograph publishing and the shifting role of the monograph in the digital world.
Full information can be found at
CNI’s Clifford Lynch and Joan Lippincott will present a Community Update on Wednesday, Oct. 1st, to highlight CNI’s program and current developments in a broad range of areas related to digital content. The session will begin at 4:30 PM in meeting room W307A/B. We particularly invite individuals who do not regularly attend CNI membership meetings to come to this introductory session.
Additional conference information is available at http://www.educause.edu/annual-conference
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a special issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) on building open access infrastructure. Guest edited by Liam Earney, head of Jisc’s Library Support Services, the issue features articles from a variety of perspectives, including publishers, universities, and open access experts. Browse the table of contents at http://www.niso.org/publications/isq/2014/v26no2/
In Clifford Lynch’s contribution to the issue, The Need for Research Data Inventories and the Vision for SHARE, CNI’s director describes the potential role of the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) in the overall scheme of managing research data. The piece is freely available for download at http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/download.php/13684/PI_Lynch_SHARE_isqv26no2.pdf
Artstor is proud to announce the Digital Humanities Award. This award recognizes the most innovative and intellectually stimulating projects in this growing field as part of Artstor’s commitment to enhance scholarship and teaching across all disciplines through the use of digital media. Award recipients will receive five years of free access to Artstor’s innovative cloud-based digital asset management tool, Shared Shelf.
To apply for an Artstor Digital Humanities Award:
Entrants are invited to describe their Digital Humanities project in 1,000 words or less. The team behind the best three entries will receive full, long-term access to Artstor’s Shared Shelf digital media management software to upload, catalog, manage, store, and share their project.
About Shared Shelf:
Shared Shelf is a cloud-based, enterprise-wide media management solution that enables institutions to catalog efficiently and consistently, quickly create rich data records, make collections accessible to a targeted audience, and keep files safe. It provides a stable and flexible home for vast media collections, allowing assets to be used and re-used in different contexts. Shared Shelf also offers several other features crucial to the construction of a Digital Humanities project, including:
· Media and associated data preservation according to NDSA standards
· Compatibility with numerous file types, including image, audio, video, and PDF
· Easy export (via OAI server and API) to Open Access environments, including Shared Shelf Commons, the open Web, DPLA, and OMEKA sites
· Fully customizable cataloguing fields and screens
· Role-based permissions and restrictions
· Cloud-based with concurrent multiuser capabilities
You can learn more about Shared Shelf at www.sharedshelf.org, and find full contest rules and submission guidelines at www.artstor.org/dha. The entry deadline is October 15, 2014. Winners will be announced in early December.
Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Fall 2014 CNI Membership Meeting on December 8-9 in Washington, DC, at the Capital Hilton.
Project briefings are 45-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a hot topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information. A limited number of project briefings are accepted.
Proposals may be submitted via online form:
Proposal submissions are due no later than Monday, October 13.
The Twitter hashtag for this meeting is #cni14f.
We look forward to seeing you in DC!