INFO 284-12
Seminar in Archives and Records Management
Digital Curation
Fall 2020 Syllabus

Dr. Darra L. Hofman
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Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to issues related to the management of digital objects throughout their lifecycle, from appraisal and acquisition to preservation, description, and access. Students will be introduced to the principles governing digital curation and will examine examples of digital curation in practice as applied to a range of digital object types and formats.

Course Requirements


Assignment CLOs Percentage of grade

Discussion boards, exercises, and quizzes 

Discussion boards, exercises, and quizzes make up 30% of the available points for this course. There are two quizzes (with Modules 3, 9), four exercises (with Modules 4, 5, 11, and 12), and four discussion boards (with the introductory week and Modules 1, 2, and 13); each is worth 3% of the available points. Full marks for discussion board participation requires one substantive post and two substantive responses. 

1234567 30%

Digital curation case study: Donor/client interview

Based on a supplied scenario, prepare for the acquisition of a digital collection through an information-gathering exercise.

Due by 11:59 pm PT on March 22.

124 10%

Digital curation case study: Digital curation proposal

Review the information gathered during the previous assignment and develop a digital curation plan for the digital collection outlined in the supplied scenario.

Due by 11:59 pm PT on April 12. 

12367 20%

Group project

Identify a potential digital curation project. Determine the project challenges and requirements. Develop a functional plan and work agreement designed to guide the project. Complete the project as described in the work agreement. Submit a project report describing your work and evaluating the success of the project.

Project proposal due by 11:59 pm PT on April 18.

Project due by 11:59 pm PT on May 16.

Project report due by 11:59 pm PT on May 17.

1237 40% (30% for the project, 10% for the project report)

Course Calendar

This schedule is subject to change with fair notice to students. Any changes will be announced via email and Canvas.  




Activities/Assignments Due

January 27 - January 31


Introduction to the Course

Discussion board participation due by 11:59 PM PST on January 31

February 1 - February 7


Introduction to Digital Curation

Discussion board participation due by 11:59 PM PST on February 7

February 8 - February 14


Models of Digital Curation

Discussion board participation due by 11:59 PM PST on February 14

February 15 - February 21


OAIS Reference Model

Quiz #1: OAIS Reference Model

Due by 11:59 PM PST on February 21

February 22 - February 28


Defining data

Data exercise due by 11:59 PM PST on February 28

March 1 - March 7 


Description and representation

Description and representation exercise due by 11:59 PM PST on March 7

March 8 - March 14


Designing Data


Digitized Assets

Group project proposal due by 11: 59 PM PST on March 14

March 15 - March 21


Creating and receiving data


Personal digital archiving

Work on digital curation case study

March 22 - March 28


Appraisal and selection


Research data

Continue working on case study: interview

March 29 - April 4 No new module Spring recess - No new module Digital curation case study: Donor/client interview due by 11:59 PM PST on April 4

April 5 - April 11


Digital preservation


Web archives

Quiz #2: Digital Preservation and Web Archives due by 11:59 PM PST on April 11

April 12 - April 18


Methods of preservation


Born-digital archives

Digital curation case study: Digital curation proposal due by 11:59 PM PST on April 18

April 19 - April 25


Storing data for long-term preservation


Scholarly communication

Metadata exercise due by 11:59 PM PST on April 25

April 26 - May 2


Digital repositories

Digital Repositories exercise due by 11:59 PM PST on May 2

May 3 - May 9


Access, use, and reuse


Discussion board participation due by 11:59 PM PST on May 9

May 10 - May 16


Course wrap-up

Final project due by 11:59 PM PST on May 16

Final project report due by 11:59 PM PST on May 17

Weekly readings will be posted on the Canvas course site. Any readings assigned in addition to chapters from the required textbook will be available via Canvas or through openly available websites.


  • There is a 5% penalty per day for assignments turned in up to one week late. No assignments will be accepted if more than one week late without prior arrangement with the instructor.
  • Should you require an extension, please reach out to me as soon as possible. No extensions will be granted for weekly discussion posts or the group project, as these assignments are collaborative and your classmates are depending upon your timely participation.

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. Identify the decision making process behind selection for preservation.
  2. Describe the evolution of digital curation theory and practice.
  3. Summarize the causes of deterioration of various types of information objects.
  4. Identify key concepts and standards in digital preservation, including the OAIS model and repository development.
  5. Define the principles of a workable preservation policy in libraries, archives, and corporate DAM settings.
  6. Identify and apply disaster planning, prevention, response, and recovery strategies.
  7. Locate and evaluate tools, research and other resources on preservation.

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.
  3. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.


Required Textbooks:

  • Oliver, G., & Harvey, R. (2016). Digital curation (2nd ed.). Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 0838913857arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

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

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