INF 392K - Digital Archiving and Preservation
Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Examines the permanent archiving of digital information. Covers media refreshment, emulation, migration, and electronic records repository construction and administration. Case study projects involving campus repositories and off-campus institutions. Students use legacy hardware and software and digital forensics tools to preprocess digital collections for repository storage. Also explores issues in long-term electronic records preservation. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
The course will focus upon what happens
to electronic records from all sources, including preservation
reformatting and digital library creation, once they have crossed
the "archival threshold" (whether actually or figuratively) for
permanent retention. The course will cover media refreshment,
conversion to neutral formats vs. emulation to retain original
format, migration, migration on demand; significant properties of
digital objects, what they are and their importance for
preservation; format and metadata repositories and the use of
metadata in digital archives; digital signatures, message
digests, authenticity, and reauthentication in the long-term
preservation of electronic records; and electronic records
archival repository construction, use, and administration.
Projects based on the iSchool institutional repository and the
UTDR will be undertaken by students as case studies. Students
will also be introduced to how existing standard practices in the
information technology field are being adapted to archival
requirements: code versioning, vaulting, and escrow, data
warehousing, text and data mining, web crawling, knowledge
management, IT auditing. Issues of access, including privacy and
open records in the context of World Wide Web standards and
digital library initiatives, will also be addressed.