Digital Curation for Information Professionals (DCIP)

  • Preparing the next generation of information professionals and changemakers.

The Digital Curation for Information Professionals (DCIP) Certificate Program

With information growing at a rapid pace, organizations have a critical need for digital curation professionals to manage and preserve digital assets. The DCIP certificate program is designed for individuals currently in the library, archives, or digital curation field, or who are planning to enter it, but wish to enhance their digital skills. The program, through three online courses, takes you on a journey from introductory through advanced digital curation lessons while focusing on practical applications.

This is the program for you if you:

  • Are in or entering the library, archives, or curation field
  • Would like to advance your knowledge of digital curation skills and techniques
  • Would like to boost your library, archives, or curation career

Why choose the DCIP program?

We tailor projects and coursework to your experience level and goals for a customized educational experience. We teach digital curation theories and techniques in successive steps from introductory through advanced so that each level of understanding builds upon knowledge acquired in the program - creating an exciting and attainable journey that culminates in advanced skill levels. The DCIP focuses on practical applications and hands-on applied learning opportunities, giving you the tools to apply these skills directly and immediately to your career. Some of the other great benefits of our program:

  • World-renowned professors who are not only experts in next-generation technologies, but are helping to design them
  • Prestigious institution, ranked #2 in the USA by and #8 by US News & World Report
  • Fully online to fit your schedule
  • Designed to accommodate working professionals
  • 3 courses, less than one year (January - August)


Mark Conrad is a lecturer and Archives Specialist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) with over 30 years of experience. At NARA, he collaborates with leading scientists and engineers around the world to develop future curation technologies, focusing on workplace solutions. Through the DCIP program, Mr. Conrad shares his expertise in applying and developing practical solutions for curation.

Dr. Richard Marciano, DCIP director and co-teacher, is the recipient of the distinguished Emmett Leahy Award for pioneering work in the field of records and information management. Dr. Marciano leads the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) at the UMD iSchool. His work focuses on the development of innovative methodologies, experimental systems, and analytics, to produce new knowledge and new ways to understand the past.


"I am thrilled that I took part in this program. I was exposed to ideas and tools that help me better understand and apply concepts to my daily work life. The individuals in my cohort and the instructors made the program very worthwhile and valuable. The overall experience was great."

"This was an excellent hands-on program!"

"I enjoyed how hands-on and practical the assignments were. Professor Marciano had a real focus on making sure we understood the tools we were using, and I feel I gained usable knowledge and experience."


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

 January 6 – February 14, 2020 

 Introduction to Digital Curation (6 weeks)

 Mark Conrad

 February 24 – May 15, 2020 

 Tools and Software for Digital Curation (12 weeks)

 Mark Conrad

 May 25 – August 14, 2020

 Implementing Digital Curation in the Workplace  (12 weeks)  

 Richard Marciano 

​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 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.


The total cost for all three courses is: $4010

  • Introduction to Digital Curation (6 weeks) - $1010
  • 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. 

► REGISTER (New Deadline is December 1, 2019)

To register for the DCIP Program courses, please visit the College of Information Studies' Open Catalog page. The courses will be available for registration on September 1, 2019. Registration will close December 1, 2019 at 11:59PM. 

After you register on the Open Catalog website, please complete the supplementary application and attach a current resume and letter of interest.

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. 

The application deadline is December 1, 2019, 11:59 pm.

Apply Now



The following are sample capstone projects from the 2015/2016 cohort:

  • "21st Century Online Exhibits: Recommendations for the NIST Virtual Museum" [Topics: CONTENTdm, Google Cultural Institute, Omeka] Poster

  • "Providing Access to Vice Presidential Digital Photographs" [Topics: Review, description, and access to Presidential Records] Poster

  • "Strategies for Managing and Visualizing Data Across Multiple Institutions" [Topics: Metadata crosswalk, visualization] Poster

  • "Improving Digital Preservation for the CHF’s Oral History Collection" [Topics: Archivematica, Hydra, BagIt] Presentation 

  • "File Appraisal Toolset (FAT): Summary, Analysis, Visualization" [Topics: Data extraction, visual analytics] Presentation 

The following are sample capstone projects from the 2016/2017 cohort:

  • "Creating a General Procedure for Electronic Records Transfers" [Topics: Maryland State Archives, e-transfers] Poster and Audio 

  • "Assessing Digital Curation and Preservation Readiness" [Topics: Digital Preservation Capability Maturity Model] Powerpoint Presentation and Audio

  • "Visualizing MARC Data in a Graph Database: American Show Tunes 1940-1945" [Topics: Graph database, MARC, Neo4j, NoSQL] Poster

  • "Assessing the Usability of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Archival Description" [Topics: OCR, Gate/Annie, OpenRefine, StanfordNLP, Python Regular Expressions] Presentation

  • "Keeping Electronic Records: A Long-Term Strategy for the National Institutes of Health" [Topics: Policy, System planning, Access procedures] Poster and Audio

  • "Adding Structured Data to the NLM Digital Repository to Enhance Search Results" [Topics: ontology, JSON-LD linked data, XSLT, MARCXML] Poster and Audio

The following are sample capstone projects from the 2017/2018 cohort:

  • "Exploring Digital Curation Tools Using Fire Department Incident Data": Using three open-source digital curation tools: QGIS, Gephi OpenRefine

  • "Data Lifecycle Management  Driving the Data Lifecycle for Mission Advantage": Accountability for positively embracing and demonstrating the organization’s values, both individually and collectively. 

  • "Audio file archive for a non-profit corporation": Non-profits often have financial constraints and rely upon volunteer labor. The archiving / curating workflows must be clearly articulated and delegated to the appropriate individuals or teams

  • "Digitization of Special Collections": Research Library Principles and Policy for Digital Content

  • "Getting a Handle on Social Media Records Management": A Guide for Federal Agencies (Proof of Concept)

  • "Normalizing Filenames Non-Destructively" 

Contact Us

For questions or comments, please email: