Digital Curation Graduate Certificate

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Digital Curation Graduate Certificate Requirements

For the official catalog requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog > choose year in pull down window > select Graduate Programs, Certificates and Specializations > select Digital Curation (Certificate)

In short, the the certificate requires 12 credits acquired through four 3-credit required courses. The four required courses include:

DIG 500 Introduction to Digital Curation
DIG 510 Metadata
DIG 540 Digital Collections and Exhibitions
DIG 550 Digital Preservation

Numerous additional germane elective distance courses are suggested below and are regularly available.


Digital Curation Program Description and  Background

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Digital Curation Graduate Courses

DIG 500 – Introduction to Digital Curation

As the introductory course to the Digital Curation program, this class surveys the variety of digital artifacts that we consciously or unconsciously create and consume today, with a focus on how to collect and manage digitized and born-digital artifacts and their related data.  Students lean technical skills such as how to digitize analog documents, photographs, and videos, as well as curatorial knowledge such as how selection criteria vary as a function of type of institution (archives v. libraries v. museum) and field (art v. archeology).  The course also reviews methods for ensuring the ongoing integrity of the artifact and laws governing the acquisition and use of intellectual property, such as how copyright extends to images, editions, and future versions of a work.
Credits: 3

DIG 510 – Metadata Systems

This course covers digital formats for describing the contents and contexts of artifacts with an emphasis on their use in libraries, archives, and online repositories.  This includes a discussion on the need for and use of metadata in a variety of digital contexts, exposure to specific metadata standards used in a number of fields, and demonstrations of how these metadata are expressed in several output formats.
Prerequisites & Notes
DIG 500 strongly recommended
Credits: 3

DIG 540 – Digital Collections & Exhibitions

This course covers the technical means and social consequences of assembling and sharing cultural data and artifacts.  Topics include the fundamentals of relational databases; a survey of collection management packages, both proprietary and open-source; and an introduction to the special concerns and programming concepts necessary to customize off-the-shelf database solutions for domain and content appropriateness.
Prerequisites & Notes
DIG 500 and 510 strongly recommended
Credits: 3

DIG 550 – Digital Preservation

This course acquaints students with the challenges of, and best practices for, preserving digital artifacts.  Topics include a survey of the (sometimes bewildering) array of formats for digital media, along with their vulnerabilities and half-lives; analysis of various preservation strategies (storage, migration, emulation, reinterpretation); institutional, legal, and practical impediments to preservation; preservation standards and resources for digital media (Media Matters, Variable Media Questionnaire).
Prerequisites & Notes
DIG 500, 510, and 540 strongly recommended

Credits: 3

DIG 580 – Digital Curation Internship

Digital Curation Internships provide valuable experiential learning in an emerging and changing field that provides complex challenges. An internship experience is essential to the certificate program, providing students with current and vital knowledge and skills they will need in the workplace. Internships provide students opportunities to reinforce their academic learning, and provide opportunities to establish professional contacts. Because our digital curation curriculum is online, and because our students will be located in many different places, we offer two types of internships: place-based and virtual.
Prerequisites & Notes
Permission.
Credits: 1-3

Elective Courses

Additional elective complementary courses are suggested at UMaine Online