INF2308H Special Topics in Information Studies: Preservation Planning
We are all aware that digital technologies have transformed how we create, play, work, and share. Ensuring the long term access to digital materials generated through our use of these technologies has become a cornerstone of the information professions. Information professionals need to be not only cognisantof the challenges to the preservation and curation of digital materials and the approaches to addressing them, but also are required to play a proactive role in the decision making processes leading totrustworthy and effective actions in practice.
This course examines the decision space of preservation and curation. It explores the levels of control and decision making that need to be addressed in digital preservation and curation. We will explore the context of preservation planning and preservation actions and enable students to develop active approaches to securing the access to digital collections over time by formulating specific objectives, evaluating possible alternatives and specifying concrete steps of action. In doing so, the course will discuss and critically evaluate a systematic method for decision making and planning and explore the limitations of currently available technologies as well as possible approaches to continuously assessing and improving organizational capabilities as new technologies, risks and opportunities emerge.