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University of Michigan School of Information


Digital Curation

The Digital Curation Mastery course prepares you for careers in data management, access, and preservation in many different venues: research libraries as data services librarians and digital collections managers, digital archives and domain repositories (e.g. ICPSR, NOAA and NASA data centers, NCAR), the publishing and entertainment industry as digital product managers, corporations and not-for-profits as internal data management specialists, and as consultants. 

UMSI Mastery courses are special types of courses that allow you to demonstrate synthesis of the major theories, methods, and approaches to inquiry and/or schools of practice necessary for entry into a particular career in the information professions.

When you complete the course, you will be fully prepared to participate in, manage, and create elements of the rapidly developing digital curation infrastructure that is the outcome of efforts by industry, government and not-for-profit entities.

Required courses:

SI 501: Contextual Inquiry and Consulting Foundations

SI 506: Programming I

SI 666: Organization of Information Resources

SI 667: Foundations of Digital Curation

SI 570: Semantics-Based Knowledge Description and Organization

SI XXX: Information Ethics (new course under development)

Plus one of:

SI 580: Understanding Records and Archives

SI 647: Information Resources and Services

Plus two of:

SI 622: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation

SI 564: SQL and Databases


SI 539: Design of Complex Websites

SI 639: Web Archiving

SI 552: Introduction to Accessibility