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INF 389G Introduction to Electronic and Digital Records - Objectives, Spring 2010
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In this course we will address government digital records and government digital records practices in order to flush out legal requirements for authenticity, although we will use our own personal digital records as a leverage tool to help understand the relevant principles and varieties of digital recordkeeping problems that people encounter every day. We will be concerned with the issues that cluster around the creation, acquisition, preservation, and use of digital records. To be more specific, we will attempt to:

Understand how digital records exist and function as records (or nonrecords: who gets to decide?): why people create them and use them as they do in their original functional environment; why people need and keep them; why people allow them to die

Understand the implications of statutory requirements and the technological environment for digital recordkeeping

Review the major trends in digital records archivy

Appreciate and evaluate approaches to problems of media obsolescence

Learn how to monitor and anticipate the digital recordkeeping implications of technological change; be familiar with both traditional and emerging digital genres

Participate in the identification, acquisition, and management of digital records

There is a textbook this year, but most other readings will be available online; if you should encounter difficulty accessing them, please contact our TA immediately, and NOT the day before class. The syllabus will be posted and should be checked regularly for any changes. Any students requiring accommodation for disability or religious holy days should contact me at the beginning of class.