||Dual Master Archival and Information Studies at University of Amsterdam
The computational turn has fundamentally changed the way people and institutions produce, use, collect, share, and store information. Data is the vital fuel for a growing number of applications in daily life and has become a fundamental human resource, similar to food, energy or transportation. The result is a fragmentation and personalisation of data creation and data use.
What are the implications of these developments for information management and recordkeeping? How to make sure relevant information remains accessible throughout time? How does a data-driven culture transform the application of societal values such as transparency and privacy? And how to keep the archives of the past connected to the needs of the present? How to design more inclusive archival infrastructures which give a voice to underrepresented groups of the past and the present? These questions are central to the Dual Master's in Archival and Information Studies.
• The Archival and Information Studies programme provides a focus on a combination of in- depth study of critical issues and practice-based learning, international orientation, and a broad outlook.
• Students study different types of recordkeeping from the moment information is created with a strong focus on archival infrastructures, records-management, preservation, use, re- use, legal issues.
• The programme collaborates with a range of national, regional and local organisations with an international focus.
• Through an internship the programme offers students the opportunity to develop your practical experience in one of these organisations, for example, at the National Archives of the Netherlands, The Hague; International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum; The Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam; or national & local government agencies. This internship allows you to get acquainted with the practices and challenges of recordkeeping and archiving in the 21st century, and apply the specialist knowledge and theoretical reflection of your coursework to a professional context.
• The programme collaborates closely with the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image programme (also part of the dual Master’s in Media Studies), hence students will have access to the shared expertise of both programmes while also enjoying track-specific, small- scale, specialist teaching.
• By following this collaborative programme, students are being prepared for a professional career in a number of related areas such as, for instance, recordkeeping, collection management, preservation, or presentation. Students will become familiar with the present- day reality of different types of archival institutions, which are increasingly concerned with comparable issues of access, use and sustainability.
||National Archives of the Netherlands, International Institute of Social History, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, The Dutch National Opera & Ballet or national & local government agencies. Collaboration with the "Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image programme"