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Digital Protocols examines the maintenance of culture using digital materials and methods. Emerging practices are presented using a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and group work. Students engage with the social and technical issues underpinning digital heritage, and the evolving artistic and institutional practices reshaping conservation through the digital preservation of media libraries, and the time-based media conservation of contemporary artworks. A critical engagement with persistent preservation practices is prioritised to develop practical conservation plans for distinct physical, economic cultural settings.
During the pre-teaching period students are expected to complete the course readings, review the lectures and any other course preparation as outlined on the LMS. The LMS will become available at the commencement of the pre-teaching dates.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this subject should be able to:
- Articulate the challenges relating to the digital preservation of culture
- Grasp the historical, social and technical forces shaping conservation practices
- Debate the role of conservation in diverse digital domains
- Strategically think about the uses of new technological arrangements in everyday conservation practice
- Theorise digital heritage practices in a range of economic, social and cultural settings
- Be able to consult with key stakeholders and partner institutions on the challenges of developing and maintaining digital archives, records and collections
- Gain a critical perspective on emerging conservation practices now and into the future.
- Interdisciplinary research methods
- Outcome-driven collaborative practices
- Problem solving in professional settings
- Critical analysis of cultural materials
- Multimodal communication.
Last updated: 31 January 2024