Digital Forensics: The Academic Library and Beyond

April 27 - 28, 2017
Norris University Center
Northwestern University 
Evanston, IL

The BitCurator Users Forum brings together representatives from libraries, archives, museums, and related information professions engaged in (or considering) digital forensics work to acquire, better understand, and make available born-digital materials. The 2017 forum will be expanded to two days providing even more opportunities for community members and users to engage and learn from each other. It will balance discussion of theory and practice of digital forensics and related digital analysis workflows with hands-on activities for users at all levels of experience with the BitCurator environment, digital forensics methods in general, and other tools used in digital analysis and curation. 

Friday, April 28 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ethically Sourced Forensics

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Keith Pendergrass, Harvard Business School

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Talya Cooper, The Intercept 

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Keith Pendergrass

Digital Archivist, Harvard Business School
Keith Pendergrass is the digital archivist for Baker Library Special Collections at Harvard Business School, where he develops and oversees born-digital content workflows. He is also the Library's representative on the HBS Green Team, a School-wide staff group coordinating grassroots... Read More →

Friday April 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WildCat Room, Norris University Center, Northwestern University 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston IL 60208

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