INF443 Digital Preservation (8)


Digital information is inherently impermanent due to its dependence on rapidly changing technology.  This subject will look closely at the preservation of digital objects - whether created via a digitisation program or for 'born digital' materials.  It will provide an overview of digital preservation, including it history, concepts, challenges, politics, ethics and strategies and inform students of the various standards and practices being adopted around the world.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF443
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)
INF324 INF517

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply a body of knowledge to distinguish different digital objects from one another;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the preservation of digital information in all its forms including its history and development;
  • be able to contribute to the evaluation, design and implementation of digital preservation programs in a wide range of organisational contexts.
  • be able to apply the principles, ethics, ideas and strategies discussed throughout the subject to the development of models and systems for digital preservation; and
  • be able to apply technical skills and knowledge to an audit of digital objects, evaluate the risks, set priorities and develop a digital preservation policy and plan for a specific organisational context;


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Setting the context for the need to undertake digital preservation
  • The technical, social and organisational challenges that preserving digital information raises
  • The standards and practices being adopted in Australia and worldwide
  • An in-depth review of the various strategies and their application, including establishing significance; managing risk; managing cost; identifying priorities and developing policy
  • The storage of digital resources: centralised and decentralised repositories; the role of metadata
  • Considering future directions in digital preservation practices.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.