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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • Preservation and conservation
    • Digital preservation
    • Designing a preservation program
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. describe current practices and techniques used to counteract deterioration of media and content in information centres
  2. evaluate the preservation needs of an information centre and develop a program
  3. understand the issues involved in the transition from paper assets and objects to digital information, and the long term preservation of digital information
  4. develop an understanding of copyright law and digital preservation
  5. research and contextualise the practical application and theoretical issues raised by evolving technological tools in the long term preservation of corporate information.
  • Assignment 1 - Exercises (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Presentation (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

Explores the strategies and practices that information professionals use to cope with the problem of deteriorating materials. These range from practical low-cost actions that may be implemented by information professionals in every kind of working environment, to strategies that can only be administered at a national, sometimes even international, level.

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