ISKB49 Digital Curatorship

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Michal Konečný (lecturer)
PhDr. Michal Lorenz, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Helena Novotná (assistant)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Michal Lorenz, Ph.D.
Division of Information and Library Studies - Department of Czech Literature - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Sabina Kubisová
Supplier department: Division of Information and Library Studies - Department of Czech Literature - Faculty of Arts
Wed 16:00–17:40 G02
Enrolment is not conditional upon passing another subject. It is recommended to pass the subject ISKB48 Preservation of Cultural Heritage.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/20, only registered: 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
After completing the course, students understand and can explain what is digital curatorship and what are the main principles of the curatorial approach to long-term protection of digital information. They know important standards, terminology and tools used by digital curators. They understand the importance of planning and organizing activities related to long-term storage of data and documents. They can develop their knowledge and deepen them through self-study and applied them to solve simple tasks related to the long-term preservation.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to:
- explain the essence of the curatorial approach to long-term protection of digital information
- use appropriate terminology
- to select and judge the content of the documents
- compare and highlight differences between different formats and data structures
- follow format and technology changes, ensure conversion of particular formats
- operate, manage and plan a digital archive
- propose a long-term storage strategy
- orient in the content of metadata files
- work independently with software tools
- plan and manage a digital archive
- ensure security and access information from digital archives
- identify stakeholders in different types of institutions and design a suitable form of communication with the designated community and stakeholders
  • 1. Principles of curatorial approach to long-term protection of digital information
  • 2. OAIS and digital archives
  • 3. Digital objects and their properties
  • 4. Long-term digital information protection strategy
  • 5. Standards for long-term storage
  • 6. Long-term storage tools
  • 7. Exercise with tools used for long-term storage
  • 8. Receive, manage, and access data
  • 9. Role of enlightenment and communication in promoting long-term protection policies
  • 10. Planning a digital archive
  • 11. Control and management of digital archive
  • 12. Exercise - Changing the way of long-term preservation in a fictitious institution
    required literature
  • BARTOŠEK, Miroslav. 2004. Digitální knihovny - teorie a praxe. Národní knihovna: knihovnická revue. Praha: Národní knihovna ČR, 15(4): 233-254. ISSN 1214-0678. Dostupné také z:
  • DCC Curation Lifecycle Model. 2015. DCC: because good research needs good data [online]. Digital Curation Centre [cit. 2015-11-03]. Dostupné z:
  • HUTAŘ, Jan a Marek MELICHAR. 2013. České paměťové instituce a digitální data – historický exkurz, současný stav a předpokládaný vývoj I. Duha [online]. 2015-11-21, 27(4) [cit. 2015-11-21]. ISSN 1804-4255.
  • LAVOIE, Brian F. a Marek MELICHAR (překl.). 2015. Úvod do referenčního modelu otevřeného archivačního informačního systému (OAIS). Výstup projektu LTP-Pilot. Brno. Dostupné z:
    recommended literature
  • LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. Why Digital Preservation is Important for Everyone. In: YouTube [online]. 2010 [cit. 2015-11-24]. Dostupné z:
  • GIARETTA, David. 2008. DCC Approach to Digital Curation. DCC Development [online]. 2008-07-14 [cit. 2015-11-04]. Dostupné z:
  • WHYTE, Angus. Five steps to decide what data to keep. DCC: because good research needs good data [online]. Edinbourgh: Digital Curation Centre, 2014-10-31 [cit. 2015-11-25].
  • UPWARD, Frank. 1996. Structuring the Records Continuum - Part One: Postcustodial principles and properties. Archives and Manuscripts. Canberra: Library Association of Australia, 24(2).
  • Understanding metadata. 2004. Bethesda: NISO Press. Dostupné také z: Metadata.pdf
  • DRAMBORA interactive: Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment [online]. Digital Curation Centre a Digital Preservation Coalition, 2015-08-01 [cit. 2015-11-25]. Dostupné z:
  • BEAGRIE, Neil. 2006. Digital Curation for Science, Digital Libraries, and Individuals. International Journal of Digital Curation. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre, 1(1): 3-16. DOI: 10.2218/ijdc.v1i1.2. ISSN 1746-8256. Dostupné také z:
  • ROSENTHAL, Colin, Asger BLEKINGE-RASMUSSEN a Jan HUTAŘ. 2009. Průvodce plánem důvěryhodného digitálního repozitáře (PLATTER). 1. vyd. Praha: Národní knihovna České republiky, 51 s. ISBN 9788070505694.
  • Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS). 2012. Issue 2. Washington, DC: The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems.
  • Sustainability of Digital Formats: Planning for Library of Congress Collections. National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program [online]. Library of Congress [cit. 2015-11-24]. Dostupné z:
  • FOJTŮ, Andrea. Strategie, návrh, řízení a administrace rozsáhlých digitálních knihoven a archivů. [online]. Praha, 2014 [cit. 2015-11- 25]. Dostupné z:
  • LAVOIE, Brian a Lorcan DEMPSEY. 2004. Thirteen Ways of Looking at..Digital Preservation. D-Lib Magazine. OCLC Online Computer Library Center, 10(7/8). ISSN 1082-9873. Dostupné také z:
  • DAY, Michael, Seamus ROSS (ed.) a Michael DAY (ed.). 2005. Digital Curation Manual: Metadata. Version 1.1. Edinbourgh: Digital Curation Centre. ISSN 1747-1524.
  • WHYTE, Angus a Andrew WILSON. How to Appraise and Select Research Data for Curation.. DCC: because good research needs good data [online]. Edinbourgh: Digital Curation Centre, 2010-10-25 [cit. 2015-11-25].
  • HIGGINS, Sarah. 2011. Digital Curation: The Emergence of a New Discipline. International Journal of Digital Curation. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre, 6(2): 78-88. DOI: 10.2218/ijdc.v6i2.191. ISSN 1746-8256. Dostupné také z: php
  • What is digital curation? 2015. DCC: Because good research needs good data [online]. Edinbourgh: Digital Curation Centre [cit. 2015- 11-04]. Dostupné z: curation
  • HOCKX-YU, Helen a Gareth KNIGHT. 2008. What to Preserve?: Significant Properties of Digital Objects. International Journal of Digital Curation. Edinbourgh: Digital Curation Centre, 3(1): 141-153. DOI: 10.2218/ijdc.v3i1.49. ISSN 1746-8256.
Teaching methods
Content of the curriculum is divided into ten parts, the teaching of which will take the form of lectures with elements of project instruction - during the semester the students will perform partial tasks on individual projects and present their work on a continuous basis. Each lecture follows the exercises. During seminars, students will experience long-term protection in practice:
- planning a repository with PLATO;
- working in complex LTP system Archivematica;
- work with the dSpace repository;
- repository audit in the DRAMBORA interactive tool
There are two practical lessons in the course schedule - the first is focused on individual work with selected software tools and the second in the form of a workshop.
Assessment methods
The course ends with discussion. The resulting classification consists the evaluation of the tasks that are being submitted during the semester.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023.
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