Development of Digital Preservation Systems 7.5 credits

Utveckling av system för digitalt bevarande
Second cycle, B7006N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 19 Nov 2010

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 21 Feb 2020

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:

  • Apply digital preservation concepts and models, including characteristics and activities, to describe digital preservation scenarios
  • 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 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.
Based on the above the course focuses on principles for the design and development of systems for digital preservation, including frameworks, tools and standards suitable in a long-term perspective.


Teaching is online. 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 2020 Sp 1 (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
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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