This course is divided into two sections. First, we delve into fundamental concepts and principles of digital preservation, studying what the Library of Congress's Trevor Owens terms "the theory and craft of digital preservation." We will consider standards, strategies, and tools that librarians, archivists, data curators, and information professionals broadly employ to ensure long term availability of digital materials. We will view digital preservation as a spectrum, using the National Digital Stewardship Alliance's (NDSA)"Levels of Digital Preservation" as a means to understand the ways that and the extent to which an organization may implement a preservation strategy. The NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation will serve as a framing for our discussions on file formats, storage and repositories, and file fixity. This first section of the course will involve lectures, discussion, and tool labs. In the second section, we will conduct a deep dive into complex digital object types and probe the strategies, systems, and ethical/legal issues surrounding the curation of this sample of materials: social media, websites, email, and software.

Academic Career: Graduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Grad LG/SNC Basis
Course Requirements: CREQ: LIS 2600 or LIS 2610; PROG: School of Information Science or Sch Computing and Information
Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3

Current Sections

Spring 2023

Class No.DaysTimesRoomInstructor(s)TA(s)Type
31891 (1300)ByAppt12:00 am - 12:00 amWEB E. Mattern