INF 392K - Problems in Permanent Retention of Electronic Records

Spring 2002
Unique ID: 45195
Syllabus:   Syllabus
Prof:  Galloway, Patricia
Room: SZB 464
Days:  Tue
Time: T 8:30-11:30A
 

Description:
The course will focus upon what happens to electronic records from all sources, including preservation reformatting, once they have crossed the 'archival threshold' for permanent retention. The course will cover media refreshment, conversion to neutral formats vs. emulation to retain original format, migration, and electronic records repository construction and administration. Projects addressing these issues in government agencies will be discussed as case studies. Students will be introduced to existing practices in the information technology field and their appropriateness to archival requirements: code vaulting and escrow; data warehousing; knowledge management. The course will include a consideration of the issues of authenticity and reauthentication in the long-term preservation of electronic records. Issues of access including privacy and open records in the context of World Wide Web standards and digital library initiatives will also be addressed. (Graduate standing; consent of instructor)

This course is focused upon what happens to electronic records from all sources, including preservation reformatting, once they have crossed the "archival threshold" for permanent retention. As such the course will cover media refreshment, conversion to neutral formats vs. emulation to retain original format, migration, and electronic records repository construction and administration. Projects addressing these issues in government agencies, worldwide as well as locally, will be discussed as case studies. Students will also be introduced to existing practices in the information technology field and their appropriateness to archival requirements: code vaulting and escrow; data warehousing; knowledge management. Finally, we will address issues of access (including privacy and open records) in the context of WWW standards and digital library initiatives.

Notes:
Elective, no prerequisite

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