Preservation Planning for Digital Curation

SLIS 5970.031

College of Information
University of North Texas

Summer 2014



This course provides students an opportunity to develop a plan for preservation throughout the curation lifecycle of digital materials. Students will apply digital curation concepts and models to understand preservation planning processes and use various tools and applications to implement the plan on digital objects.

This course is one of four courses comprising the UNT Graduate Academic Certificate in Digital Curation and Data Management. For more information about the certificate, please visit or contact Dr. William Moen, Support for the course is provided by the Institute for Museum and Library Services through its Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.


SLIS 5970.021: Digital Curation Tools and Applications, or permission from Dr. Bill Moen (


The curriculum of this course focuses on:

  • Curation activities over the preservation lifecycle of a dataset, primarily working in the areas of assessment and preservation planning.
  • Individualized learning styles.
  • Frequent and consistent feedback on assignments.

The goals of this course are to:

  • Provide students with the applications and tools needed to understand preservation project management and digital curation.
  • Give students real-world examples to use in various stages of the curation process.
  • Require students to work with datasets and guidelines.

Upon completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Collect and organize new data.
  • Explain their organization strategies.
  • Predict arrangement for future transparency and access.
  • Synthesize new data with preserved data.
  • Develop a digital curation strategic plan which identifies:
    • Designated community.
    • Data preservation procedures for long-term instantiation.
    • Technological requirements.
    • Budget.
    • Redundant dataset copy locations.
    • Long-term needs to ensure preservation.