INSTG064 - Introduction to Digital Curation

This module is designed as an introduction to the emerging field of digital curation. The working definition used by the course is that digital curation is the activity involved in; focusing and maintaining attention on the need to preserve digital material over the long-term, and planning, managing and undertaking the actions required to make that happen. Consequently to work in digital curation you need to be able to;

  • Articulate the (on-going) need to preserve digital material to everyone
  • Devise and maintain appropriate solutions to preserve digital material over the long-term
  • Keep in touch and up-to-date with the fast moving world of digital curation and beyond, ensuring that you remain fully engaged in the communities in which you find yourself operating

This course will support you in developing the skills you need to carry out the above. In particular it will allow you to familiarise yourself with; the history of digital curation and how it has emerged as a 'new' area of interest, the current shape of digital curation, and existing practice, tools and techniques in the area. The module is structured as follows;

Class 1
Class 2
Class 3
Moving and copying data
Class 4
Class 5
Class 6
Class 7
Class 8
Reflection and Review

The module will be taught using a mix of independent study/guided reading, lectures, class discussion and practical exercises. It will be assessed by a portfolio of work to be handed in during term 3.

In addition students enrolled on it will be expected to participate in the online course 'Introduction to Digital Curation' which will be run concurrently.

Taught by: Jenny Bunn on Thursdays in term 2.

Compulsory for: This course is not compulsory for anyone.

Optional for: The course is available for all postgraduate taught students within the Department of Information Studies.

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites, although you will need to be comfortable with technology and have intermediate ICT skills (ability to download and install software).

Preliminary reading: It is not essential for students to read these or other texts before starting the module, although a little preliminary reading before the module begins can often be beneficial.

Brown, Adrian. Practical Digital preservation: a how-to guide for organisations of any size. London: Facet, 2013.

Harvey, Ross. Digital curation: a how-to-do-it manual. London: Facet, 2010.

Various. Curation Reference Manual. Digital Curation Centre.

Any articles that take your fancy from the International Journal of Digital Curation.

More detailed reading lists and further information for students currently taking this module

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