I will be teaching this Autumn 2014 a new course at Media Lab that 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 user communities on digital archives. The course will further situate the student exercises 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.

Period I 6 weeks

Week 1: Introduction & Overview + Digitization & Curatorial Challenges
Week 2: Archiving & Metadata
Week 3: Web / Media Interfaces & Digital Technologies
Week 4: Social Media & Impact
Week 5: Community Participation
Week 6: Sustainable Strategies

Period II 5 weeks

Week 7: Development of student projects (in participation with other Guest Lecturers TBD)
Week 8: Development of student projects (in participation with other Guest Lecturers TBD)
Week 9: Development of student projects (in participation with other Guest Lecturers TBD)
Week 10: Exhibition preparations
Week 11: Final Presentation on Demo Day Autumn 2014 Or, Museum Day – May 18, 2015 at a local Museum.

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