INFO 284-02
Seminar in Archives and Records Management
Topic: Digital Curation
Fall 2021 Syllabus

Dr. Darra L. Hofman
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Textbooks
CLOs
Competencies
Prerequisites
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning August 19 at 6 am PT 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 in the Canvas site automatically.

Class begins via Canvas on August 19, 2021.

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

Assignments

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 nine exercises worth; each is worth 3% of the available points – three points are given automatically. Full marks for discussion board participation requires one substantive post and two substantive responses. You will receive FULL marks for any completed attempt of these exercises – they are NOT marked for correctness. 

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30%

Preservation policy study

Students will compare and contrast three provided preservation policies and determine how workable each policy is and discuss how the policies are similar/different based on their intended contexts. 

Due by 11:59 pm PT on October 10

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10%

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 October 24.

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10%

Digital curation case study: Digital curation proposal

Review the information gathered during the digital curation donor/client interview assignment and develop a digital curation plan for the digital collection outlined in the supplied scenario.

Due by 11:59 pm PT on November 7 

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20%

Final 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 October 3.

Project due by 11:59 pm PT on December 5.

Project report due by 11:59 pm PT on December 6.

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30%

(20% for the
project, 10%
for the
project report)
 

Course Calendar

Dates

Module

Description

Activities/Assignments Due

August 19 – August 22

None

Introduction to the Course

Discussion board participation due by 11:59 PM PT on August 22

August 23 – August 29

1

Introduction to Digital Curation

Discussion board participation due by 11:59 PM PT on August 29

August 30 – September 5

2

Models of Digital Curation

Discussion board participation due by 11:59 PM PT on September 5

September 6 – September 12

3

OAIS Reference Model

Quiz #1: OAIS Reference Model

Due by 11:59 PM PT on September 12

September 13 – September 19

4

Defining data

Data exercise due by 11:59 PM PT on September 19

September 20 – September 26

5

Description and representation

Description and representation exercise due by 11:59 PM PT on September 26

September 27 – October 3

6

Designing Data

 Policy and law

Final project proposal due by 11: 59 PM PT on October 3

October 4 – October 10

7

Creating and receiving data

 Digitized Assets

Preservation policy study due by 11:59 PM PT on October 10

October 11 – October 17

8

Appraisal and selection

 

Research data

Work on case study: interview

October 18 – October 24

9

Digital preservation

 

Web archives

Digital curation case study: Donor/client interview due by 11:59 PM PT on October 24

October 25 – October 31

10

Methods of preservation

 

Born-digital archives

Quiz #2: Digital Preservation and Web Archives due by 11:59 PM PT on October 31, 2021

November 1- November 7

11

Storing data for long-term preservation

 

Scholarly communication

Digital curation case study: Digital curation proposal due by 11:59 PM PT on November 7

November 8 – November 14

12

Digital repositories

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

November 15 – November 21

13

Access, use, and reuse

 

Email

Discussion board participation due by 11:59 PM PT on November 21

November 22 – November 28

13

Access, use, and reuse

Email

No assignment – American Thanksgiving/Indigenous Peoples’ Day

November 29 – December 5

14

Course wrap-up

Final project due by 11:59 PM PT on December 5, 2021

Final project report due by 11:59 PM PT on December 6, 2021

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.

Grading

  • Should you require an extension, please reach out to me as soon as possible. If you require accommodations to the required coursework, please let me know so that I can ensure your needs in the course are met.

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 200, INFO 202, INFO 204, other prerequisites may be added depending on content

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Summarize the causes of deterioration of various types of information objects.
  2. Identify the decision making process behind selection for preservation.
  3. Identify key concepts and standards in digital preservation, including the OAIS model and repository development.
  4. Describe the evolution of digital curation theory and practice.
  5. Define the principles of a workable preservation policy in libraries, archives, and corporate DAM settings.
  6. Summarize the causes of deterioration of various types of information objects.
  7. Identify and apply disaster planning, prevention, response, and recovery strategies.
  8. Identify key concepts and standards in digital preservation, including the OAIS model and repository development.
  9. Locate and evaluate tools, research and other resources on preservation.
  10. Define the principles of a workable preservation policy in libraries, archives, and corporate DAM settings.
  11. Identify and apply disaster planning, prevention, response, and recovery strategies.
  12. 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.

Textbooks

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

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: https://www.sjsu.edu/curriculum/courses/syllabus-info.php. Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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