This module examines digitisation and digital preservation in the heritage sector. Digitisation and digital preservation are often considered as predominantly technical subjects, though really the technology is only a supporting vehicle: content is at the heart of any digitisation or digital preservation initiative. This module looks at specifically at creation and preservation of digital content in the context of archives and other heritage organisations. We start with a consideration of different types of digital collections and a discussion of how they differ from traditional physical content, before moving on to look at the detail of digitisation and digital preservation practices.

By the end of the module you should:

  • understand the relationship between digitisation and digital preservation
  • be able to design and implement a basic digitisation and digital preservation programme
  • understand how the nature of a digital collection can impact on selection of an appropriate technical digital preservation strategy

Tasks and Assignments

Throughout the module you will be asked to complete a series of tasks. Some of these you will do on your own and some of them you will send to me (these are assessed). I will say clearly in the module when you need to send a task to me. These are also listed in the Task Timetable on the course menu. Please look at this now to see when your first task is due. These assessed tasks will account for 40% of your final mark. At the end of the module you will be expected to do a final assignment, please look at the Assignments section on the course menu for more details. There are several discussion board tasks in the module. These will not be marked and you should not write a lot for these. We are looking for informal discussion and do not want you to spend a lot of time worrying about wording when you post to the discussion board. If you do not participate in the discussions you will be marked down.

Useful Information

You should aim to spend at least 15 hours a week on the module, or 100 hours over the 7 weeks that the module lasts.

This module equals to 10 SCQF credits (5 ECTS credits) on Level 3, SHE 3 (SCQF 9).


Melinda Haunton

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