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Digital Media Technology


Admission requirements

This course is accessible only to Book and Digital Media Studies students and BDMS exchange students.


In the world of publishing, scholarship, academic libraries and the cultural heritage sector the Internet offers more than an alternative for printed communication. The digital medium has brought a wealth of entirely new opportunities and technological possibilities. This course gives a theoretical background and practical introduction to some of the most widely used technologies in these fields for creating, enriching, storing and disseminating textual information in digital form. Topics that will be addressed include the medium-independent markup of text through XML, the organisation of digital content in relational databases and in content management systems, and methods of web presentation and publication. The course will provide hands-on experience with programming languages and metadata vocabularies.

Course objectives


  • Acquire an insight into the lifecycle of digital objects;

  • Learn to analyse the use of the digital medium in the world of publishing, scholarship and the cultural heritage sector;

  • Are familiarised with the way in which XML and related technologies can enhance the access to information.

  • Learn how digital content can be presented on-line;

  • Gain insight in designing, implementing and searching a database.


The timetables are available through MyTimetable

Mode of instruction

One-hour lecture followed by a two-hour seminar. The plenary lectures for all students; students will have to be divided in two groups for the seminars, due to the limited number of computers available in the seminar room. This group division will be arranged during the first lecture.

Assessment method


  • Four take-home examinations, three of which are to be submitted during the course and one at its end, all with essay questions and/or coding assignments.


The final mark is established by determining the weighted average for all four examinations (each 25%).


In case of an insufficient result, the resit consists of the same parts as the first opportunity; students therefore only take the resits for those parts that were insufficient.

Inspection and feedback

Not applicable

Reading list

All reading materials will be announced via the course syllabus.


Enrollment through uSis is mandatory. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, email:

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal


Participation in all sessions of this course is compulsory. Upon prior consultation, the lecturer can permit absence at one session for compelling reasons. Students who are absent twice in a semester course (13 weeks) will be given an complementary assignment by the lecturer. Absence on three sessions in this course will lead to exclusion from it.