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INF 392K Problems in the Permanent Retention of Electronic Records
Unique # 27975, Spring 2010
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Instructor: Dr. Patricia K. Galloway

Course Meeting Times
Wednesday 9:00 a.m - 12:00 Noon, UTA 1-210A

Course Description
The course will focus upon what happens to electronic records from all sources, including preservation reformatting, once they have crossed the "archival threshold" (whether actually or figuratively) for permanent retention. The course will cover media refreshment, conversion to neutral formats vs. emulation to retain original format, migration, migration on demand; significant properties of digital objects and their importance for preservation; format and metadata repositories; digital signatures, message digests, authenticity, and reauthentication in the long-term preservation of electronic records; and electronic records repository construction, use, and administration. Projects based on the iSchool institutional repository will be undertaken by students as case studies. Students will also be introduced to how existing standard practices in the information technology field are being adapted to archival requirements: code vaulting and escrow, data warehousing, text and data mining, web crawling, knowledge management, IT auditing. Issues of access, including privacy and open records in the context of World Wide Web standards and digital library initiatives, will also be addressed.

Professor: Dr. Patricia K. Galloway
Phone: (512) 232-9220
Office: UTA 5.436
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m -11:00 a.m Tuesday or by appointment
Contact Please use email in preference to telephone

Teaching Assistant: Arturo Longoria