Welcome to Digital Preservation Fall 2016

This is the course blog for LBSC 784 Digital Preservation at the University of Maryland.You can find the syllabus for the course online here. If you look around, you will also see that it is the same course blog I have used for my other digital preservation, curation and history courses. 

If you are taking the course, here are a few things you should do in advance of our first class on September 1st. 

  1. Read the syllabus. 
  2. Pick the three weeks that you want to blog about the readings and act as a discussant for and put in your name on that week on the syllabus. 
  3. Do the readings for the first week of class. 
  4. Register for an account on the blog, then email me (trevor dot johnowens at gmail dot com) your username so that I can give you permission to post to the blog. 

Curating texts and contexts

I was originally interested in this course for its focus on both arts materials and digital curation, both of which I’m hoping to work with in the future. Many of the concepts and issues we’ve been discussing over the last few months have stayed with me, coming to mind both in the course of my other archival coursework and beyond. As I’ve mentioned before, […]

What does ‘Digital Art’ even mean?

What is art? Throughout the course, I was surprised by the number of different things that we were studying. ‘Art’ can be so many different things – drawings/paintings, comics, programs, among others. The digital versions of traditional arts have more freedoms and allow for greater creativity than those bound to physical space and tangible media. […]

Off Grid: Right Place at the Wrong Time?

Dark Night of the Soul AIP As I’ve mentioned in previous posts and discussions, my project weathered a few existential crises over the semester. In Kutiman’s oeuvre, Off Grid is an interesting work that refines the tools used in previous works, but the problem is that it’s just not a terribly popular work. While my […]