IS40630 Digital Curation:Core Concepts

Academic Year 2022/2023

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
Presentation: Game presentation & deliverable in week 11 or 12 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: tools report & self reflection Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Class Test: quiz Week 8 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Response to digital preservation scenario Week 9 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


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn 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.