Introduction to Digital Curation INFOST5016

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course gives students an appreciation of the management, curation & preservation of digital materials. Particular attention will be given to the application of theory to practice.


Weekly teaching sessions, normally totalling 10 x 1 hour lectures, 10 x 1 hour seminars, 10 x 1 hour practical classes.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses






Written report or essay - 50% essay

 Project - 50%

Together these will comprise approx., 5,000 words.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Examine core considerations in the creation, management, curation, and preservation of digital materials. It cuts across academic, public and private sectors to introduce students to a working knowledge of:

■ Characterise the authenticity, integrity and reliability of digital materials

■ Underpin the development of policies, and, the role of standards and practices that support the management, curation and preservation of data, information and knowledge;

■ Process information systems designed to ensure the long term accessibility of digital materials;

■ Use digital technologies to create and manage digital materials; and,

■ Transition from the analogue to the digital has on management, curation, and preservation of digital materials.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ recognise the nature of digital information;

■ summarise the challenges posed by technology (e.g. media, system, software, format) obsolescence;

■ formulate the concepts and issues surrounding authenticity, integrity, and reliability in relation to digital information;

■ construct approaches for analysing and describing information systems;

■ differentiate and contrast the techniques and practices that underlie digital curation;

■ assess the impact that automation has had on archival theory and practice

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.