Bridging By Design: The Curation and Management of Digital Assets Specialization at the University of Maryland

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Presentation by Katie Shilton, Michael Kurtz, Bruce Ambacher, Erik Mitchell, Douglas Oard, and Ann Weeks, University of Maryland at the DigCurV International Conference; Framing the digital curation …

Presentation by Katie Shilton, Michael Kurtz, Bruce Ambacher, Erik Mitchell, Douglas Oard, and Ann Weeks, University of Maryland at the DigCurV International Conference; Framing the digital curation curriculum

6-7 May, 2013
Florence, Rome


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  • 1. BRIDGING BY DESIGNCMDA at the University of MarylandKatie Shilton, Michael Kurtz, Bruce Ambacher, ErikMitchell, Douglas Oard, and Ann WeeksFraming the Digital CurationCurriculum ConferenceMay 7 2013
  • 2. Curation & Management of Digital Assets• Creation• Management• Use• Long-term preservation• Current and future accessA specialization with a focus on the:Of digital assets in a variety of disciplines andsectors of the economy.
  • 3. Bridging Two ProgramsOpen to students in two master’s degree programs:• Master’s in Information Management (MIM)• focus on strategic deployment of information technology, especially incorporate settings;• Master’s in Library Science (MLS)• focus on professional information services, especially in non-profits andcultural heritage institutions.First joint specialization• An opportunity… and a challenge
  • 4. Why Start this Program?• By 2018, US will have a shortage of 140,000-190,000 withskills needed to manage digital assets• Estimated that 1.5 million managers will need to usedigital assets in strategic decision-making• Washington DC area needs:• Not-for-profits & advocacy groups, cultural heritageinstitutions, research institutions, federal agencies, defense andintelligence agencies.• Ideal challenge for an iSchool• Curation requires technology, policy, and management skills
  • 5. CMDA: An iSchool OpportunityEvolution of library schools into iSchools provides opportunityExpertise in nexus of people, technologies & social context.Faculty work in:• archives and records management• e-government• information and diverse populations• database design• migration and emulation• information retrieval,• web-scale information processingBut… none of us does all of this.
  • 6. Managing the ChallengePlanned curriculum: orient and then specialize.Balance technology, management & policy3 required courses• Principles of Digital Curation• Implementing Digital Curation• Policy Issues in DigitalCuration2 elective courses• Personal Digital Curation• Curation in Cultural Institutions• Database Design• Information Retrieval Systems• Information Architecture• Principles of Records &Information Management• Electronic RecordsRequired field study
  • 7. Combining Students• Students from both degree programs will take classestogether & share their skills.• Challenge: diversity of student preparation for thesocial, organizational & technical aspects of the program.• Opportunity: peer learning• Those trained in information practices such asreference, preservation alongside those with strong technicalbackgrounds.• Help students build trust in those with differentexperience, expertise.
  • 8. Combining Faculty• We need to teach socio-technical skills• Challenge:• Integrating broad intellectual content that underpins CDMADivergent expertise, skill sets among professors• Opportunity: co-teaching• Logistics of credit, course loads unresolved• Isn’t this what iSchools are for?
  • 9. Soft Launch This Fall• 3 required courses will be offered in 2013-2014• Students will select electives from courses already offered• New electives to be added in 2014-2015• Planning for cohort of approximately 18 for first run
  • 10. Thanks!Katie Shiltonkshilton@umd.eduCMDA @ UMDhttp://ischool.umd.edu/content/curation-and-management-digital-assets