Digital Curation

Curation ensures digital objects remain understandable, accessible, useable and safe over time and beyond the limits of technical obsolescence. Students in this certificate pathway will learn how to:

  • Conceptualize and plan the creation and storage of digital data and objects.
  • Determine specifications for a trusted digital repository or a digital archives/preservation service.
  • Identify key concepts and standards in digital preservation.
  • Work with information assurance frameworks and risk management planning structures to ensure that an organization's information resources and assets are protected.
  • Manage records as operational, legal and historical evidence in electronic environments.

All new students in the Post-Master's Certificate program begin their studies by completing a one-unit course that introduces them to our school's sophisticated online learning environment: 203 Online Learning: Tools and Strategies for Success.

Certificate students in the Digital Curation pathway choose a total of 15 units from the courses as follows:

Two 3 unit foundation courses selected from:

  • Info 284 Topic: Digital Curation
  • Info 284 Topic: Tools, Services, and Methodologies for Digital Curation
  • MARA 283: Enterprise Content Management and Digital Preservation (from Fall 2016-)

Then elective units selected from:

  • Info 284 Topic: Characteristics and Creation of New Digital Media
  • Info 284 Topic: Digitization and Digital Preservation
  • Info 284 Topic: Electronic Records
  • MARA 284: Topic: Information Assurance

Note: Depending on the background and experience of the student, other elective options may include:

  • Info 220 Topic: Film and Media Collections
  • Info 246: Topic: Big Data Analytics and Management
  • Info 259 Preservation Management
  • Info 281 Topic: Metadata
  • Info 284: Topic: Photographic Preservation
  • Info 284: Topic: Managing Photographic Collections
  • Info 287: Topic: Cybersecurity
  • Info 294: 3 unit internship (place based or virtual). Note:  Certificate students can take only one internship for a maximum of 3 units.

In order to see detailed information regarding course content, check out the class syllabi.

Courses are regularly updated to ensure they include the most current content possible. When you are enrolled in a course, you'll have access to the current syllabus for that course, before it begins. As a certificate program student, you are not required to meet prerequisites, but the instructors will expect you to keep up with the class.

Effective Fall 2014 – After completing 16 units required in the Post-Master’s Certificate program, as a final step before earning their certificate, students demonstrate their mastery of the program's student learning outcomes by:

  1. Selecting a communication technology tool of their choice (e.g. screencast, blog)
  2. Using the selected communication technology tool to briefly illustrate how their course work helped them master the Post-Master’s Certificate program's overarching student learning outcomes, as follows:  
  • Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies
  • Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information