Christopher (Cal) Lee

Christopher (Cal) Lee
Professor, School of Information and Library Science (SILS)
Manning Hall, Room 212


Expertise and Interests:
Archives, digital preservation, digital forensics, electronic records management

B.A., Albion College
M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan School of Information

Christopher (Cal) Lee is Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He teaches archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and digital forensics. He is a lead organizer and instructor for the DigCCurr Professional Institute, and he teaches professional workshops on the application of digital forensics methods and principles.
Cal’s primary area of research is curation of digital collections. He is particularly interested in the professionalization of this work and the diffusion of existing tools and methods into professional practice. Cal developed “A Framework for Contextual Information in Digital Collections,” and edited and provided several chapters to I, Digital: Personal Collections in the Digital Era published by the Society of American Archivists.
Cal is Principal Investigator of BitCurator Access and was Principal Investigator of BitCurator; both projects have developed and disseminated open-source digital forensics tools for use by archivists and librarians.  He was also Principal Investigator of the Digital Acquisition Learning Laboratory (DALL) project and is Senior Personnel on the DataNet Federation Consortium funded by the National Science Foundation.  Cal has served as Co-PI on several projects focused on digital curation education: Preserving Access to Our Digital Future: Building an International Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr), DigCCurr II: Extending an International Digital Curation Curriculum to Doctoral Students and Practitioners; Educating Stewards of Public Information for the 21st Century (ESOPI-21), Educating Stewards of the Public Information Infrastructure (ESOPI2), and Closing the Digital Curation Gap (CDCG). 

Courses Regularly Taught:
INLS 465 – Understanding Information Technology for Managing Digital Collections
INLS 561: Digital Forensics for the Curation of Digital Collections

Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations:

Lee, Christopher A., Porter Olsen, Alexandra Chassanoff, Kam Woods, Matthew Kirschenbaum, and Sunitha Misra. “From Code to Community: Building and Sustaining BitCurator through Community Engagement.” September 30, 2014.

Misra, Sunitha, Christopher A. Lee, and Kam Woods. “A Web Service for File-Level Access to Disk Images.” Code4Lib Journal 25 (2014).

Lee, Christopher A. “Up Close and Personal: Individual Digital Traces as Cultural Heritage and Discovery through Forensics Tools.” In Proceedings of PATCH, February 24, 2014, Haifa, Israel. New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery, 2014.

Lee, Christopher A., Kam Woods, Matthew Kirschenbaum, and Alexandra Chassanoff. "From Bitstreams to Heritage: Putting Digital Forensics into Practice in Collecting Institutions." September 30, 2013.

Woods, Kam, Christopher Lee, and Sunitha Misra. “Automated Analysis and Visualization of Disk Images and File Systems for Preservation.” In Proceedings of Archiving 2013 (Springfield, VA: Society for Imaging Science and Technology, 2013), 239-244. [Proceedings version][Preprint]

Lee, Christopher A., and Kam Woods. "Automated Redaction of Private and Personal Data in Collections: Toward Responsible Stewardship of Digital Heritage." In Proceedings of Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation: An International Conference on Permanent Access to Digital Documentary Heritage, 26-28 September 2012, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, edited by Luciana Duranti and Elizabeth Shaffer, 298-313: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2013.

Lee, Christopher A. "Archival Application of Digital Forensics Methods for Authenticity, Description and Access Provision." Comma 2, no. 14 (2012): 133-139.

Lee, Christopher A. “Digital Curation as Communication Mediation.” In Handbook of Technical Communication, edited by Alexander Mehler, Laurent Romary, and Dafydd Gibbon, 507-530.  Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter, 2012.

Lee, Christopher A. and Helen Tibbo. "Preparing for Digital Curation Governance: Educating Stewards of Public Information." In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, Albany, New York, United States, 22-25 October 2012, 171-174. Edited by J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Natalie Helbig, and Adegboyega Ojo. New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery, 2012.

Lee, Christopher A. “States of Sustainability: A Review of State Projects funded by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).” Report to the U.S. Library of Congress. March 2012.

Lee, Christopher A., ed. I, Digital: Personal Collections in the Digital Era (Chicago, IL: Society of American Archivists, 2011). [Editor of volume and contributor of three chapters]

Lee, Christopher A. "A Framework for Contextual Information in Digital Collections." Journal of Documentation 67, no.1 (2011): 95-143.