Credits: 3 Cr

Status of the Course: MA in New Media, optional

Level of the Course: Advanced

Teaching Period: I-II 2016-2017

Workload: Weekly Short exercises towards final course Project

Learning Outcomes: Students will gain a basic understanding of the strategies and tools for digital cultural heritage and museums. They will be able to devise original approaches and provide solutions to current digitization issues, archival challenges, social media strategies, community participation and web interface designs for museums.

Main: This course presents a theoretical and practical overview of digital strategies for museums and cultural heritage. Students will develop their own micro­-digital archive, supported by how-to lectures in a “make” environment, and will have the opportunity to curate their collections collaboratively. The course will be divided into two Phases. The first Phase, Understanding the Strategies and Tools of Digital Cultural Heritage, will provide practical knowledge of metadata, born­-digital collecting, and preservation planning. The second Phase, Advancing the Digital Archive for Interpretation will focus on managing online archives and digital curation. In addition, students will be asked to consider the impact of social media and museum’s user communities on digital archives. We will further situate our work by considering the aspect of sustainable ICT (internet & communication technologies) and its implications in the creation, management and interfacing of digital heritage.

The class will be structured to balance theory and practice. There will be Guest Lecturers throughout the course from various archives and museums. Once a week. 1,5 Hour lecture followed by 1 hour Making/Discussion -­ workshop. (approx 2.5 hours) 3.30pm ­- 6pm. Mondays.

Prerequisites: Masters Level; Multi­-disciplinary backgrounds such as art, architecture, history, computing, gaming, museology, anthropology, graphic design, film, journalism, etc. Doctoral students can also attend.

Grading Scale Assessment of 0-5 grading based on Final Project.

Registration for Courses: Sign-­up in Oodi and on First Day of class / Minimum of 6 students /

Maximum: 12 students

Language of Instruction: English

Further Information: Priority in the student selection is always given to the students of the degree program. If free places exist they will be filled in the following order: 1. students who have already been given a study right (e.g., minor subject students, exchange students and non-degree students), 2. students of the Department of Media, 3. students of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, 4. other Aalto University students, 5. all the others.The degree programme students are mainly selected in the order of registration. If there are more registered students than there are places available other criteria of approval may be used (such as study progress or study plan). The decisions on the use of exceptional procedure are always made by the Head of the Degree Program.