Educational Goals & Job Profiles
The teaching plan of the Master Programme – in addition to the teachings of archival, diplomatics of contemporary documents, law and computer science – provides teachings for the discussion of the organizational and economic aspects connected to the digitization of documents and the dematerialization of work flows.
All topics are dealt with by referring both to the legislation in force in Italy on digitization and dematerialisation in the public and private sectors, and to the standards and reference projects at European and international level. This allows graduates to seize job opportunities at national and international level, proposing themselves to organizations and companies operating in other states.
To facilitate students to enter the job market and complete the course of study with the presentation of practical cases and advanced technological solutions, synergies were activated with various companies operating in the Electronic Document Management sector.
– the Head of document management, i.e. the professional required by article 61 of Presidential Decree no. 445 of 28 December 2000, containing the consolidated text of the legislative and regulatory provisions on administrative documents , and in the Ministry Decree of 3 December 2013, containing the technical and application rules for the electronic protocol register;
– the Head of digital preservation, i.e. the professional required by the Ministry Decree of 3 December 2013, containing the technical rules on the preservation system, where his duties and responsibilities are specified;
– the Head of the archival preservation function, i.e. the professional defined by the Agency for Digital Italy in the Circular Decree no. 65 of 10 April 2014, containing the methods for accrediting public and private subjects who carry out digital records preservation activities (the so-called “Digital Curators”) . An attachment of the aforementioned Circular specifies the tasks and the requirements in terms of training and experience of such professionals;
– The Head of the digital transformation, i.e. the professional required by art. 17 of the Digital Administration Code and by Legislative decrees no. 179 of 26 August 2016, and no. 217 of 13 December 2017, which has the task of operationally guaranteeing the digital transformation of the Public Administration.
More generally, a wide and growing range of career choices is available to archivists and records managers professionals, such as the following ones:
– Records manager, i.e. the manager of records management activities in public and private organizations, including medium-large ones;
– Digital curator, i.e. the professional (or the organization) that must guarantee the long-term preservation of digital archives, directing the staff, composed of experts in the archival, IT and legal fields, with competence and skill.
The job market requires professionals with the knowledge, the skills and the abilities to perform the following activities:
– promoting good practice in creation, management, archiving and storage of documents, regardless of the medium on which they are recorded (analog or digital);
– evaluating the characteristics of integrity, accessibility, stability, legibility and authenticity of digital records;
– collaborating with the designers of the information systems so that procedures for the safeguarding of documents and document management are incorporated from the beginning;
– reengineering the administrative processes and procedures of private and public organizations, with the methods and tools of Business Process Management (BPM);
– implementing Workflow Management Systems (WfMS) for the automated management of work flows;
– designing and managing complex archival systems in the public and private sectors, ensuring the optimal use of information and communication technologies;
– guaranteeing the long-term preservation, description and use of digital archives and hybrid archives, i.e. composed of documents created on different types of media (paper, magnetic tape, hard disk, microfilm, etc.);
– producing general and specific finding aids for preserved archives.