Digital Curation for Information Professionals (DCIP)

Why Digital Curation?

Across economic sectors, the need for professionals to manage and curate digital assets is critical. Major corporations, government agencies, international organizations, universities, cultural heritage institutions, and scientific organizations need information professionals with the knowledge and skills to curate digital resources.

The DCIP Certificate Program

The Digital Curation for Information Professionals (DCIP) Certificate Program is a continuing education opportunity that teaches professionals how to manage and curate an organization's digital assets and records, inclusive of selection, maintenance, use, and preservation. This three course, online, non-credit program is designed for working professionals who would like training in next-generation cloud computing technologies, tools, resources, and best practices to help them evaluate, select, and implement digital curation solutions.

  • Three courses
  • 100% online
  • Non-credit
  • Fixed individual course cost
  • Designed to accommodate working professionals
  • One academic year

Complete all three courses and receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (ranked #8 in the USA).


The DCIP Certificate Program consists of three fully online courses. Participants must complete all three courses to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Introduction to Digital Curation

In this 6-week introductory course, students will learn the principles for the design and implementation of long-term curation of digital data and information assets, including born-digital and digitized assets. Students will work to build a foundational framework for the analyzing the technical, practical, ethical, economic, legal, social, and political factors affecting digital curation decisions.

Tools and Software for Digital Curation

This 12-week course provides ample hands-on experience in testing the application of digital curation principles in specific settings. Students will discuss the characteristics, representation, conversion, and preservation of digital objects, and work to plan for sustainability, risk mitigation, and disaster recovery. Multiple tools and software will be utilized throughout the course.

Implementing Digital Curation in the Workplace

This final 12-week capstone course provides students with an opportunity to understand the application of digital curation principles and techniques first-hand in an institutional program setting. Students who take this course will address one or more aspects of digital curation in their own organization through a project, focusing on an aspect of digital curation: design and implementation for long-term digital curation of a discrete collection; application of technologies and standards for digitization, description, and preservation of digital assets; or implementation of strategies to provide access to a digital collection.

2018–2019 Schedule of Classes

(Dates are subject to change)

September 4–October 9, 2018

Introduction to Digital Curation

October 23, 2018–January 29, 2019 

Tools and Software for Digital Curation

February 5–April 30, 2019

Implementing Digital Curation in the Workplace 


The total cost for all three courses is: $4000. 

  • Introduction to Digital Curation (6 weeks) - $1000
  • Tools and Software for Digital Curation (12 weeks) - $1500
  • Implementing Digital Curation in the Workplace (12 weeks) - $1500

Students register for courses individually. Those who complete all three will receive a certificate of completion. 

Apply for the 2018-2019 Program

Application submissions will open Tuesday, April 17, 2018 and close on Friday, July 6, 2018.

To apply for the DCIP Certificate Program please:

  1. Click here to complete the application form.
  2. Attach a current resume and letter of interest to your application.

Your letter of interest should address:

  • Your background and experience working in the digital field
  • What particularly interests you in this field
  • Why you want to complete the DCIP Certificate Program
  • What you hope to achieve by completing this program

Content from the letters of interest will be used to tailor courses. 

Learn More

For questions or comments, please email:

  • Richard Marciano, (Professor / Director of the Digital Curation Innovation Center)
  • Michael Kurtz, (Visiting Professor / Archival Management and Digital Preservation Specialist)

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