INF443 Digital Curation and Preservation (8)

This subject explores digital and data curation and preservation from the point of creation through the lifecycle of description, use, storage, accessibility and understandability over time, to future usability and use. Digital information and data surround us in organisations and our personal lives. They are inherently impermanent due to their dependence on rapidly changing technology. The curation and preservation of digital information and data involves ensuring their usability and accessibility into the future. Curation and preservation also require new strategies, practices, tools and techniques and is a burgeoning area of employment.


Session 1 (30)
SPACE, University of Hong Kong
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
SPACE, University of Hong Kong
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF517, INF324 or INF462.

Subject Relationships

INF462 Merge of content

Incompatible Subjects

INF324, INF462, INF517

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of the need for digital curation and preservation in public and private organisations;
  • be able to identify and critically assess theoretical and practical issues in digital curation and preservation;
  • be able to explain digital curation and preservation concepts, terms, tools and technologies;
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of the digital curation and preservation lifecycles and identify the activities associated with each stage; and
  • be able to examine and critically analyse the challenges associated with data and information sharing.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Scope and incentives of digital curation and preservation
  • The changing landscape and challenges
  • Conceptual models and definitions
  • Curating and curators; introduction to description and representation
  • Metadata in practice
  • Preservation planning, policies and strategies
  • Designing, creating, appraisal, selection and ingest
  • Preservation action and storage
  • Using, reusing, sharing and collaboration

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF443 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Quiz: digital curation and preservation basics
Digital collection management plan
Digital curation and preservation of research data

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.