ISKB49 Digital Curatorship

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Michal Konečný (lecturer)
PhDr. Michal Lorenz, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Michal Lorenz, Ph.D.
Department of Information and Library Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Alice Lukavská
Supplier department: Department of Information and Library Studies - Faculty of Arts
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 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/40, only registered: 0/40
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 preservation 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 preservation of digital information
- use appropriate terminology
- identify significant properties of digital objects
- compare and highlight differences between different formats and data structures
- follow format and technology changes, ensure conversion of particular formats
- be oriented in the basic issues of planning, management and security of digital archives
- propose a long-term storage strategy
- navigate the content of metadata files
- work independently with software tools
- 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 preservation of digital information
  • 2. OAIS reference model
  • 3. Significant properties of digital objects
  • 4. Long-term preservation strategies
  • 5. Standards and tools
  • 6. Exercise with long-term preservation tools
  • 7. Exercise with long-term preservation tools
  • 8. Planning a digital archive
  • 9. Planning and management of archive implementation
  • 10. Education and communication in promoting long-term protection policies
  • 11. Preparation of seminar paper and consultations
  • 12. Seminar papers presentations
  • 13. Seminar papers presentations
    required literature
  • 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.
  • LAVOIE, Brian F. a Marek MELICHAR (překl.). 2015. Úvod do referenčního modelu otevřeného archivačního informačního systému (OAIS). Výstup projektu LTP-Pilot. Brno. Dostupné z:
  • Curation Lifecycle Model. 2021. DCC: because good research needs good data [online]. Digital Curation Centre [cit. 2022-01-17]. 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.
  • KNIGHT, Gareth, Grace, S., & Montague, L. Framework for the definition of significant properties. 2008. JISC. Dostupné z:
    recommended literature
  • Digital Preservation Handbook, 2019. Digital Preservation Coalition [online]. Digital Preservation Coalition [cit. 2019-10-28]. Dostupné z:
  • Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS). 2012. Issue 2. Washington, DC: The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems.
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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.
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. During seminars, students will experience long-term protection in practice:
  • connection to a remote server;
  • identification and validation of file formats;
  • analysis and deduplication of files;
  • migration and normalization of files.
  • Assessment methods
    The course ends with a colloquium. For successful completion of the course it is necessary to prepare a seminar paper and present its outputs. At least 5 out of 9 assignments must be handed in during the semester if they are handed in on the due date (i.e. no later than the day before the next lecture). If assignments are turned in after the due date (no later than the presentation date), all nine assignments must be completed.
    Language of instruction
    Further Comments
    The course is taught annually.
    The course is taught: every week.
    The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
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