Fall 2016 Syllabus

Version 4.0

DIG 500 is both an introduction to essential concepts in the field and a practicum in the first phase of the curation workflow, namely the acquisition of digital files. The class surveys the variety of digital artifacts that we consciously or unconsciously create and consume today, with a focus on how to collect and manage digitized and born-digital artifacts and their related data. Students learn technical skills such as how to digitize analog documents, photographs, and videos, as well as curatorial knowledge such as how selection criteria vary as a function of type of institution (archives v. libraries v. museums) and field (art v. archeology). The course also reviews methods for ensuring the ongoing integrity of the artifact and laws governing the acquisition and use of intellectual property, such as how copyright extends to images, editions, and future versions of a work. 3 credits. No prerequisites.

Logistics and policies
Week 1: What Is Digital Curation?
Week 2: Challenges of Digital Curation
Week 3: Digitization
Week 4: Born-digital materials
Week 5: Collecting
Week 6: Repositories
Week 7: Crowdsourcing
Week 8: Metadata
Week 9: Big data
Week 10: Access
Week 11: Access 2
Week 12: Access 3
Week 13: Final project
Week 14: Final project (continued)