Thinking about preserving digital culture: what to preserve and how

Dates: 26-28 June, 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:30

Abstract: The course will focus on the broad range of digital materials to be preserved, drawing on examples from materials that have been preserved archivally in the School of Information at University of Texas at Austin from 2003 to the present. It will cover aspects of archival preservation of digital materials, including what is preserved, why it is preserved, and the means of providing access: the theme here is how we can preserve the digital culture we have been making as individuals for the last forty years. The course will discuss technicalities like format identification and the use of metadata as well as the guarantee of authenticity through message digests and electronic records and archival repository construction, use, and administration. The use of existing standard practices in the information technology field and how they are being adapted to archival requirements will also be touched on: digital forensics, code versioning, text mining, and IT auditing.

Patricia Galloway joined the University of Texas at Austin School of Information’s archival program, where she is now Professor, in 2000. She teaches courses in digital archives, archival appraisal, and historical museums. From 1979 to 2000 she worked at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, where she was an editor, historian, museum exhibit developer, and manager of archival information systems, and from 1997 to 2000 directed an NHPRC-funded project to create an electronic records program for the state of Mississippi. Her academic qualifications include a BA in French from Millsaps College (1966); MA (1968) and PhD (1973) in Comparative Literature and PhD in Anthropology (2004), all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was an archaeologist in England, Norway, and Germany in the 1970s and supported digital humanities in the University of London 1977-79. She served on the Society of American Archivists Continuing Education and Professional Development committee 2005-2009, when the groundwork was prepared for SAA’s current Digital Archives Specialist certificate program. Her recent publications include an article on “Digital Archiving” in the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (2009), articles on “Intrinsic Value” and “Principle of Respect for Original Order” in the new Encyclopedia of Archival Science, and articles in American Archivist, Archivaria, D-Lib, Library Trends, Information and Culture, and IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.


Early bird offer (24th April – 19th May) Standard Price (20th May – 9th June)
Student 25€ 50€
Academia 50€ 100€
Other 75€ 150€

A certificate of participation will be issued upon attendance of 75% of the course classes.

Maximum number of participants: 20
Requirements: Laptop; There will be a short recommended reading list available online in advance of the course.



For doubts or questions related with registration, please email or call 220 408 400.