Dighist.org is the blog for a series of courses in digital curation and digital history. Currently, it hosts a course on digital preservation. It has previously hosted courses on digital art curation, digital history, and digital public history.

Digital Preservation, Fall 2016, University of Maryland , College of Information Studies, LBSC 784

This course focuses on issues and practices regarding digitization of analog materials and preservation of digital materials, both digitized and born digital.

Course Goals

This course will acquaint students with best practices in digital preservation, explore questions and issues archivists and digital curators are currently confronting, and give you a chance to engage in preservation planning and policy development.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify and assess standards for digital preservation
  • Assess and understand digital preservation policies and organizational structures to determine readiness for digital preservation projects
  • Evaluate digital preservation strategies, methods, and tools and decide what may be appropriate for particular content types and user communities
  • Find resources for keeping up with rapid developments, standards, and tools for digital preservation


This course does not have a textbook. Most readings are openly available on the web. A few journal articles will require you to find them through the University of Maryland Libraries database subscriptions.

The Public Course Blog for the Course that Never Ends

This course, and this site, previously served the home of four earlier incarnations of related courses. The 20112012,  2015 and 2016 instances of related courses are still present here, as well as all the body of work and writing that students in those versions of the course engaged in. For more information on the structure and design of the course see The Public Course Blog: The Required Reading We Write Ourselves for the Course That Never Ends in Debates in the Digital Humanities (2012).

One Reply to “About”

  1. I work with Preservation Maryland, the statewide historic preservation group, and I would love to learn more about offering some up some of our real-world digital history projects and possibilities to students in this course.

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