Module Database Search

Module Title
Digital Curation Governance

Information governance, legislation, freedom of information, data quality, data integrity

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMarch 2013
ApprovedSeptember 2013
Version No.1

This Version is No Longer Current
The latest version of this module is available here
Prerequisites for Module


Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide students with the ability to address the legal and ethical frameworks necessary for maintaining the quality and integrity of information and the knowledge to apply these within the context of Digital Curation.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Evaluate current legal and ethical issues relating to digital curation.
2. Analyse critically the national and international legal and regulatory frameworks pertaining to digital curation.
3. Investigate and appraise the consequences of information governance and information rights on service provision and delivery.
4. Communicate effectively professional solutions to specific information governance challenges.

Indicative Module Content

Develop a broad contextual understanding, with in-depth analysis and critical evaluation of the legal and ethical issues for the information professions in relation to information governance, Data Protection Act and confidentiality, Freedom of Information Act, Intellectual Property and compliance with copyright restrictions and regulations. The Digital Life Cycle, The Digital Audit, Appraisal, Ingestion and Maintenance of digital materials, Management and Retention of research data, Information Security, Databases for Digital Curation

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimeDistance Learning
Online presentations and lectures

Directed Study

Directed reading
Participation in online activities
Preparation for tutorials/online activities

Private Study

Additional reading
Assessment Preparation
Private Study

Mode of Delivery

The module is delivered through a range of online learning formats and online tutorials for distance learning.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4

A written assignment which assesses all learning outcomes of the module.

Indicative Bibliography

1.ABELL, A., 2011. Information governance. London: Facet.
2.ARMSTRONG, C. and BEBBINGTON, L.W., eds. 2004. Staying Legal: a guide to issues and practice affecting the library, information and publishing sectors. London: Facet.
3.BROUSSEAU, E., MARZOUKI, M. and MEADEL, C., eds. 2012. Governance, regulation and powers on the Internet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
4.HERMAN, B. D., 2013. The fight over digital rights : the politics of copyright and technology. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
5.MACLENNAN, A., 2014. Information governance and assurance : reducing risk, promoting policy. London : Facet.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781