Digital and Documentary Heritage
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Digitaalne ja dokumentaalne kultuuripärand
Course title in English
Digital and Documentary Heritage
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
- To create preconditions for obtaining knowledge on the essence of cultural heritage and the measures of its protection on international level and in Estonia;
- To support the acquisition of knowledge on the work with cultural heritage collections and the methods of public access to the collections including via digitisation.
Brief description of the course
The concept and types of cultural heritage. The impornace of cultural heritage in preserving national identity. The cultural heritage policies in Europe. The legal regulation of cultural heritage. The initiatives, programmes and portals of UNESCO and the European Union in digitisation of cultural heritage. The protection of cultural heritage in Estonia.
The management of cultural heritage collections: development and acquistion, documentation, description and metadata, storage, exposition. Services of memory institutions. Access to cultural heritage and its uses. The databases of memory institutions.
Independent work
The study of compulsory literature and its analysis during the seminars. Compilation, creation and presentations of group work and individual home assignments.
Learning outcomes in the course
After the course the student:
- distinguishes between different forms of cultural heritage and understands their essence;
- has an overview about the policies and strategies of cultural heritage protection in the European Union and Estonia,understands the importance of the preservation of cultural heritage;
- is aware of the principals of description, handling and storage of cultural heritage objects;
- knows the conditions for access, exposition and digitisation of culturalheritage objects;
- knows and is able to use the databases and information systems of Estonian memory institutions.
Assessment methods
The final grade of the examination is formed on the basis of the grades of group work and individual home assignments, calculated as their average.
Aile Möldre
Replacement literature
Infoteadused teoorias ja praktikas (2017). Tallinn: Tallinna Ülikooli Kirjastus.
Eesti mäluasutuste 2018. aasta suveseminari materjalid
Hristova, S. (2017). The European model of cultural heritage policy. Zarządzanie w Kulturze, 18, 1, 1-16.
Matassa, F. (2011). Museum Collections Management: a Handbook. London.
Talboys, G. K. (2011). Museum educator's handbook. Farnham (Surrey); Burlington (Vt.): Ashgate.
De Beukelaer, C., Pyykköen, M., Singh, J. P. (Eds.). (2015). Globalization, culture and development: the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Heritage and globalization. (2010.) / Edited by Sophia Labadi and Colin Long. London; New York: Routledge.
King, T. E. (2011). A Companion to Cultural Resource Management. Chichester (West Sussex) [etc.]: Wiley-Blackwell.
The handbook of public heritage theory and practice. (2018). New York: Oxford University Press.
Hamilton, G., Saunders, F. (2017). Open licensing for cultural heritage. London: Facet Publishing.
Mason, R., Robinson, A., Coffield, E. (2017). Museum and gallery studies: the basics. London; New York: Routledge.

Digital techniques for documenting and preserving cultural heritage/ Edited by Anna Bentkowska-Kafel and Lindsay MacDonald (2017). Kalamazoo (Mich.): Arc Humanities Press.