Program type:

Graduate Academic Certificate

Est. time to complete:

1 year
Credit Hours:

Create and manage digital libraries and discover innovative ways to use vast amounts of information.
The Digital Curation and Data Management Graduate Academic Certificate (GAC) prepares students and practicing information professionals with the competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, and abilities) for the emerging digital curation and data management workforce. It also prepares students to qualify for, and excel in the evolving opportunities in digital curation and data management.

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Why Earn a Digital Curation and Data Management Certificate?

UNT's graduate academic certifcate in digital curation and data management provides the conceptual foundation and application experiences to develop a defined set of competencies needed to perform essential job functions involving management, curation, preservation, and stewardship of digital data and information. The courses provide students with hands-on experiences with technologies and applications in a virtual lab setting.

More and more disciplines work with digital data and information in research activities, and current graduate students may be responsible for managing and curating such data. Students can earn the certificate while completing the Master’s degree in Information Science, Library Science, or any field where they will work with large amounts of data. Graduate students will benefit from the competencies they develop through this certificate.

Digital Curation and Data Management Certificate Courses You Could Take

Digital Curation Fundamentals (3 hrs)
Introduces fundamental concepts, practices, procedures, processes, and vocabulary for the entire curation lifecycle of digital materials and data, from creation through appraisal, ingest, and storage, to access and reuse. Covers history and background; concepts and principles; community standards and practices; challenges and issues; and basic techniques for curating and managing digital materials and data.
Preservation Planning and Implementation for Digital Curation (3 hrs)
Provides students an opportunity to develop a plan for preservation throughout the curation lifecycle of digital materials and data. Students apply digital curation concepts and models to understand preservation planning processes and use various tools and applications to implement the plan on digital materials and data.
Digital Curation Tools and Applications (3 hrs)
Covers the technical infrastructure, including systems and services, necessary for digital curation. Focuses on techniques, tools and applications for curating digital materials and data. Topics covered include creating and executing an action plan for archiving digital materials and data, deciding what to store, consolidating multiple file versions, and creating metadata. Explores various digital repositories and their underlying platforms.
Introduction to Digital Libraries (3 hrs)
Introduction to conceptual, practical and technical issues for developing and managing digital libraries. Theoretical foundations, technical infrastructures, digital objects (including born-digital objects and digitized objects), digital collection, organization and representation of information, user and service evaluation, and social, cultural and policy issues are discussed.

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