IS40630 Digital Curation:Core Concepts

Academic Year 2021/2022

Digital material is ubiquitous. However, if this data is not cared for, it will not be accessible in the future. Until recently, preservation, applied well after the digital item was created, had been the main method used to maintain digital materials over time. However, new technologies have raised additional challenges beyond which preservation can address. It has become clear that maintaining digital material needs to start before the point of creation, to ensure continued access over time. This course provides an introduction to the digital curation lifecycle as a strategy to manage the creation, conservation, and preservation of and long term access to digital materials.

In this module you will engage with digital curation theory, engage in practice via a team project and experiment with digital curation tools in a series of mini-workshops.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes:
1. Summarize the challenges and approaches to maintaining digital material.
2. Identify the key requirements for digital curation.
3 Describe the elements of the digital curation lifecycle.
4. Engage in self-reflective practices for learning.
5. Utilise tools for maintaining digital information.
6. Complete a group digital curation project.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
For 2020-2021 academic year:

-Lectures will be held face to face.
-3 digital curation tools mini workshops will be taught remotely. You will need access to your computer's command line tools to engage in the workshops.
-Group meetings will take place during weeks 7-11. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
Permission of instructor required if not enrolled in the Digital curation Msc. Postgradute students ONLY.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: final team project deliverable Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: Team meeting worksheet Week 9 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Essay: Module self reflection Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: tools report Week 10 n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): Self-reflective feedback about learning and expectations for the term Week 1 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Class Test: quiz Week 7 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided to students as indicated in the module syllabus.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 12:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 5, 8 Mon 17:00 - 18:50