Talk Title: "What Falls Out: Preserving Our Digital Heritage with BitCurator"
Unlike their paper counterparts, legacy digital media are increasingly inaccessible as the hardware and software needed to access the data they contain are lost to disrepair, obsolescence and bit rot. Like papers that have slipped between file folders at the bottom of a drawer, these digital objects are frequently "what falls out" as we create, research, record and publish our digital work. Drawing on examples from a number of disciplines, this talk addresses both the need to preserve our increasingly inaccessible digital heritage and how the suite of open source digital forensics tool found in the BitCurator Environment can assist in that process.
Speaker Bio: Porter Olsen is a research faculty member at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) where he is the Community Lead on the BitCurator project, a Mellon funded project to bring digital forensics tools and techniques to collecting institutions working with born-digital material. Simultaneously, he is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Maryland studying digital humanities and postcolonial literature. Before returning to graduate school, Porter worked as product manager on the United Linux initiative, an effort to create a single Linux platform shared among distributors from Germany, Brazil, the U.S., and Japan.
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