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Long-term digital preservation 15 Credits

Långsiktigt digitalt bevarande
Second cycle, B7001N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2011 Sp 2 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Information Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Computer Technology

Entry requirements

General entry requirements, second cycle

Specific entry

Minimum 120 ECTS of university studies including 60 ECTS in the areas of Computer Science, Systems science, Archival Science or Library and Information Science.

More information about English language requirements

Course Aim

The student will be able to:

  • apply digital preservation concepts and models, including characteristics and activities, to describe digital preservation scenarios
  • analyze and describe  problems and possibilities related to long-term digital preservation in particular contexts.

The students are introduced to the field of long-term digital preservation, and the concepts and models that are common in digital preservation. The course covers preservation concepts such as format, significant properties, integrity, authenticity and content types. The course also introduces models that are used in digital preservation, such as the Open Archival Information Systems (OAIS) model, which is widely used as a reference model in work with digital preservation, and thereby good as a common base of discussions. The course discusses the concepts in a context of e-government and e-services, as well as from an archival institution point of view, which includes organisational as well as technical issues. At the end of the course the students will be familiar with generic concepts in digital preservation, and with the OAIS model as foundation have an understanding for contextual problems and possibilities in different types of organisations.

Teaching is in English and on Internet for distance students or at campus for the students living here. IT support: Learning management system (Fronter), video conference system, e-mail and phone.


The written exam lets the student show their ability to analyze long-term digital preservation situations and apply digital preservation concepts and models.

Group assignments are used to analyze and describe long-term digital preservation scenarios as well as applying concepts and models to these scenarios.

Technical Requirements: access to PC with Windows XP, microphone, Web cam and permission to install software. Internet connection (minimum 0,5 Mbps). Students must register to the courses themselves or contact the IES educational administration not later than 5 days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This also applies to the students with a place guarantee.

Ann Hägerfors

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2011 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Gladney, Henry M.: Preserving Digital Information(2007) Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, ISBN: 978-3-540-37886-0

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

0001Written exam6.0U G VG
0002Individual assignment reports3.0U G VG
0003Group work6.0U G#

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by 22 Feb 2009

Last revised
by Bertil Carlsson 07 Oct 2011