34381 - Computer Science for Archive Keeping (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to introduce to the study of documents and archives in their development, holding, use and conservation, as well as to provide methodologies and tools to use digital resources in archival research. The student will learn the requirements for proper digital archiving, conservation methods, and how to use information systems for historical research.

Course contents

The basic principles of general and special archivistics will be introduced in order to understand the basic requirements for the design of digital document systems. The main national and local archival information systems will be illustrated and used. Meetings are also planned at archival institutes to explore practical cases of application of computer tools to the description and management of archival documentation. The regulatory and institutional aspects related to the production, management and conservation of electronic records in Italy will also be included.


Reference texts:

Attending students:

  • Maria Guercio, Archivistica informatica. I documenti in ambiente digitale, Roma, Carocci editore, ristampa 2015.
  • Stefano Vitali, Passato digitale. Le fonti dello storico nell’era del computer, Bruno Mondadori, 2004
  • Giampiero Romanzi, Corso di Archivistica informatica 2018/2019, teaching material for lessons, downloadable by "Insegnamenti online - Supporto online alla didattica" (https://iol.unibo.it)

Non-attending students, in addition:

• Federico Valacchi, Diventare archivisti: competenze tecniche di un mestiere sul confine, Milano, Bibliografica, 2015.

Other texts can be agreed with the teacher.

Teaching methods

The course is structured into frontal lessons. Visits to the city archives are include in order to ensure a direct approach to documentary heritage, and application models of information technology for their management and use.

Assessment methods

The oral examination includes the assessment on the basis of three questions, two of which related to reference texts and the third related to the contents of the course. For non-attendants, the third question will be on the additional text.

The assessment will test:

  • knowledge of the main theoretical problems of the discipline
  • proper use of the specialized lexicon of the discipline;
  • ability to expose contents and their logical organization
  • consistency of the argumentation

The following evaluation scale will be used, with the vote match in thirtieths:

• Excellent (30 cum laude)

• Very Good (28-30)

• Good (25-27)

• Satisfactory (22-24)

• Sufficient (18-21)

Teaching tools

Digital instruments and technologies, including audiovisual materials, will be used both in the presentation of issues and in the exemplification of concrete cases.

Guided tours will be made to archives and archival institutions.


Office hours

See the website of Giampiero Romanzi