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Long-term Digital Access and Interfaces 15 Credits

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Second cycle, M7015E
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2011 Sp 2 - Present
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Syllabus established
by the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering 15 Dec 2008

Last revised
by Bertil Carlsson 07 Oct 2011

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:

  • describe and analyse problems and possibilities regarding information transfer between information systems and digital preservation systems including access to the preserved material

  • evaluate suitability of available solutions

  • model work-flow of digital preservation processes

The course covers metadata sets and requirements used in digital curation, such as DC, PREMIS, FRBR, METS, EAD, TEI, CIDOC CRM. Significant properties, and other preservation related characteristics of the digital material, are brought up, as well as the role of contextual information. The course also brings up interfaces, both human-machine as well as machine-machine, and their role in information transfer between producers of digital material and preservation institutions/functions including searching and access to the preserved material . Work-flow modelling of the preservation chain, from creation of digital material to access to preserved material.

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.


A written examination will be used to evaluate the students possibility to describe and analyze information transfer situations, and for modelling of digital preservation processes.


Group assignments will cover analysis of problems and possibilities with information transfer including access, evaluation of available solutions and modelling of digital preservation processes, while individual assignments will be used to describe possibilities for information transfer and access to the preserved material.


Technical Requirements: access to PC with Windows XP, microphone, Web cam and permission to install software. Internet connection (minimum 0,5 Mbps).

Ann Hägerfors

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2011 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
\"Preserving Digital Information\" av Gladney, Henry M. (2007) Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg ISBN: 978-3-540-37886-0, 3-540-37886-3.
And papers or other material free of charge.

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

0001Written exam6.0U G VG
0002Group assignment6.0U G#
0003Individual assignment3.0U G VG

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.