Development of Digital Preservation Systems 7.5 credits

Utveckling av system för digitalt bevarande
Second cycle, B7006N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 19 Nov 2010

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Feb 2019

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Information Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Computer Technology

Entry requirements

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


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The student will be able to:

  • Identify problems and possibilities with different digital preservation tools and systems in relation to different organizational contexts and systems;
  • Describe and analyze how long-term perspectives and organizational concerns influence the implementation of digital repositories;
  • Identify requirements and suggest solutions. 


The course focuses on principles for the design and development of systems for digital preservation, including frameworks and standards suitable in a long-term perspective. Information systems are discussed in the context of long-term digital preservation. Problems and possibilities with different approaches are discussed, and suggested solutions are explored. 


Teaching is online for distance students or on campus for the students living here. IT support: Learning management system, video conference system, e-mail and phone. 


The written exam covers design of digital preservation systems and analysis of how long-term perspectives influence design and development. Group assignments cover design and development of digital preservation systems, as well as identification of problems regarding long-term digital preservation in an organisational context, and analysis of these problems can be addressed. 

Technical Requirements: access to a computer, microphone, Web cam and permission to install software. Internet connection (minimum 0,5 Mbps).

Jörgen Nilsson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2017 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Primary literature:

Practical Digital Preservation: A how-to guide for organizations of any size
Av Adrian Brown
Facet Publishing (London)
ISBN 9781856047555 (paperback)
ISBN 9781856049627 (electronic)

Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS)
Publisher: The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems
Year of publication: 2012
Refnr: CCSDS 650.0-M-2

And suggested reference books:

Object-Oriented Systems Analysis and Design: Using UML
Author: Bennett, McRobb, Farmer
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Year of publication: 2010
ISBN: 9780077125363

Systems analysis and design with UML version 2.0: an object-oriented approach
Author: Dennis, Wixom, Tegarden
Publisher: J. Wiley
Year: 2005
ISBN: 9781601190673 (e-bok LTU)

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Group workU G#3.50MandatoryS12
0003Take-home examinationU G VG *4.00MandatoryA17