INFO 284-12
Seminar in Archives and Records Management
Topic: Tools, Services, and Methodologies for Digital Curation
Fall 2018 Syllabus

Alyce L. Scott

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This is an online-only class.

Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning August 21 at 6 am PDT unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically.

Class begins via Canvas on August 21, 2018.

Course Description

Course Overview
Overview of the tools, services, and methodologies used to manage data and digital objects throughout their lifecycle. Students will be introduced to trusted digital repositories and gain experience with tools and services such as DROID and Archive -It.

Course Requirements

Class Virtual Meetings
All lectures are pre-recorded in Panopto. There will generally be one lecture given each week. Any live Zoom sessions (e.g. Archive-It training) will be recorded for later listening. (There are no mandatory live sessions.)

Computer Access
Zoom will be the venue for any live online lectures/training and Canvas will be the venue for class discussion, and assignments. You must have regular access to a computer to access course materials and online lectures. At least two assignments will involve working with image files. For this reason, you should have access to a computer with a reasonable network connection speed to download and complete the assignments.

Course Assignments:

  • Data/digital curation in the news(Core Comp F, CLO 1)
  • Designing a file preservation strategy  (Core Comp F, CLO 3)
  • Trusted digital repository case study (Core Comp H, CLO 2)
  • Web archiving (Core Comp F and H, CLO 1 and 3)

All assignments will be submitted via Canvas.

Late Assignments/Incompletes
Incompletes will not be given and late assignments are accepted only with prior consent of the instructor.

Course Calendar
A detailed schedule will be maintained on Canvas. The course will follow a week-by-week schedule, and students must keep current with the progress of the course.

Course Grading
Grading will be based on a total accumulation of 100 possible points, distributed as follows:

Data/digital curation in the news 15 points
Designing a file preservation strategy 25 points
Trusted digital repository case study 25 points
Web archiving 25 points
Participation (Canvas discussion forums) 10 points

All readings are available online, either through provided URLs or within the Canvas course site.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 284 has no prequisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Conceptualize and plan the creation and storage of digital data and objects.
  2. Determine specifications for a trusted digital repository or a digital archives/preservation service.
  3. Develop a migration plan for a digital collection to different formats.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 284 supports the following core competencies:

  1. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  2. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.


No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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