2013-06-03 OPF Hackathon - Tackling Real-World Collection Challenges with Digital Forensics Tools and Methods (Chapel Hill)

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The world of digital forensics offers many useful and practical techniques for capturing, understanding and preserving digital collections. This OPF Hackathon will provide participants with a chance to learn about what digital forensics has to offer to the digital preservation community by getting hands on with data, tools and new techniques. Our expert facilitators will be on hand to guide you through these challenging concepts and processes in a manner that is easy to understand and apply. 

The agenda for the event is set by you: the practitioners. You will bring with you disk images of digital data you want to assess, analyse and preserve. As part of a team, and with support from experts, you'll apply forensics tools to solve your digital preservation challenges. The best way of learning practical preservation skills is by getting hands-on experience of actually doing it. By the end of the event you'll have solved your preservation challenges, learnt new skills you can take back to the office/library/archive, and will have become part of a supportive community of digital preservation practitioners.

The technical problem solving and software development will be delivered by you: the developers. You will bring with you your laptop-based development setup and your best coding skills. Working closely with other devs, and our experts, you'll apply forensics tools, emulation and virtualisation, and other software tools (you've scripted up, hacked and enhanced) to solve the digital preservation challenges provided by the practitioners. By the end of the event you'll have provided the technical drive to solve some challenging preservation problems, experienced the freedom of agile development, and will have become part of a supportive community of technical experts.

Our previous hackathons have brought together a host of slightly apprehensive archivists, librarians, practitioners, developers (and many more), and left them walking away with the confidence to continue working in a collaborative way with their fellow digital preservation conspirators. We break down the communication barriers between technical and non-technical digital preservationists, and help them to become more productive by helping each other.

This is a participation-only event! No observers, no passengers. This is also a 100% inclusive and super friendly event. We leave no person behind!


Monday 3 June - Wednesday 5 June 2013


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
200 South Road
Chapel Hill
NC 27514

The hackathon will be held in the Pleasants Family Room in the Wilson Library http://www.lib.unc.edu/wilson/visit/hours.html on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To find it on the campus map, visit: http://www.unc.edu/maps/index.htm (Enter 'Wilson Library' in the search box).


Agenda - Chapel Hill Digital Forensics Hackathon

Results and Write Ups

Datasets, Issues and Solutions from Chapel Hill Hackathon

Who should attend?

Digital preservation practitioners; digital librarians and archivists, digital curators, repository managers and those with an interest in digital forensics
Developers who write digital preservation software, or who are interested in the technical challenges of digital forensics


Check out this checklist on what you need to prepare and bring with you to the events.


Registration is open at: https://apps.research.unc.edu/events/index.cfm?event=events.eventDetails&event_key=F0355A7A3325592E11733EFE6E2F9AE91FBDB499

OPF Members are invited to attend free-of-charge. Non-members are welcome to attend at a charge of $150. Registration includes lunch on all three days and dinner on Monday and Tuesday.


We have secured a special rate room block at Aloft Hotel http://www.aloftchapelhill.com/ at 1001 Hamilton Rd  Chapel Hill, NC 27517.  We recommend that participants stay there. Please visit their secure website https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/opfhackathon to book a room for the hackathon. Space is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please book your room by May 19 to receive our discounted rate of $105/night.

Transportation while in Chapel Hill:
The Aloft Hotel provides a shuttle that will transport attendees to/from each day's events.  If you would prefer to walk, the trip between Aloft and the Wilson Library is 1.5 miles; and there are sidewalks along the entire route.  Chapel Hill also has several free bus lines that have stops near Aloft and can take you to campus.  See the Chapel Hill Transit site for routes and schedules http://www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/index.aspx?page=742.

Travel information

The closest airport is Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) http://www.rdu.com/ which is about 17.5 miles east of the UNC campus where the conference will be held.

Taxi fare is about $40 one-way from the airport to Chapel Hill.

More information on transportation to and from RDU (including rental cars) can be found on the RDU website http://www.rdu.com/groundtrans/groundtrans.htm.

If you are driving to Chapel Hill or would like to rent a car for your stay here, parking spaces on campus are available at Morehead Planetarium and at the public lots located on Rosemary Street.  Note that the Aloft Hotel charges $6/day for parking.

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