Digital Workflow
2011-2012 - IMT4892 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

 After successfully completing this course, the student will know the main stages in - and activities around digital media projects.

 The students will be able to tie together workflow chains that can be part of a digital media project and includes automation and the selection of appropriate file formats and tools for transformation, distribution and preservation of common data and meta-data types.

 The students will also have deep knowledge in, and be able to reflect upon intellectual property rights and the current Norwegian legislature relevant to controlling intellectual property. After finishing the course, the students will also knowledgeable in Creative Commons and be able to apply Creative Commons licenses to their work.

After ending this course, the students will also be familiar with the most fundamental issues related to XML and apply that knowledge using Google’s KML format to produce mixed-source (mash-up) data presentations. In addition - the students will know the key ingredients in the term Web 2.0 and be able to use and create services driven by RSS technology.

 The students will also be able to develop a project proposal and present the final work in a project report, know some of the challenges related to working as part of a group and relate professionally to a formal project and also be able to present their work in front of a group after this course.


  •  UNIX as an environment for workflow automation
  •  Tools for transforming, encoding, moving and presenting common data types
  •  Devices for collecting data, including sound, image, video and geographic.
  •  File formats, streaming protocols, encoding- and compression methods for the most common media types
  •  Fundamental and applied XML
  •  Metadata standards, tools and usage
  •  Intellectual property rights (IPR), including Creative Commons
  •  Briefly, the history of computing
  •  Web 2.0 fundamentals, including semantic web technologies
  •  Mashup fundamentals and applied mashup using KML and Google Maps

Teaching Methods

Laboratory work
Net Support Learning
Mandatory assignments
Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be offered both as an ordinary campus course and as a course that is offered in a flexible way to off-campus students. Lecture notes, e-lectures and other types of e-learning material will be offered through an Fronter. Communication between the teachers and the students, and among the students, will be facilitated through the Fronter.

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours
Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

 The evaluation consists of two parts:

  1.  A final project report, 40%. The final report will need to be an extension of the project proposal by including information about the project findings, a discussion of these findings as well as a conclusion and a chapter on suggested future improvements.
  2.  The final written exam, 60%.

 Both parts must be passed individually

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

 An internal and a external examiner will evaluate both the reports and the written exam.

Re-sit examination

 Written exam: Ordinary re-sit examinations are offered. There is no re-sit examination for projects.

Examination support

 English Translation Dictionary.

Coursework Requirements

 The students will need to deliver a project proposal describing a self-selected project and get a passing grade to be eligible for the final exam.

 The students will also be required to use the formats and systems associated with LaTex and BibTex to prepare their project reports and also mainly to use UNIX and related software as part of their projects.

Teaching Materials


  •  Unix Power Tools, O'Reilly Media, Inc.; 3rd edition, 978-0596003302
  •  XML In A Nutshell - A Desktop Quick Reference, 3rd edition, 2004, O’Reilley Media Inc., ISBN-978-0596007645
  •  The KML Handbook: Geographic Visualization for the Web, Josie Wernecke, 1st Edition, 2008, Addison-Wesley,ISBN-13: 978-0321525598 -Web 2.0,


  •  Library of Congress on sustainable file formats,
  •  Lovdata,
  •  Creative Commons,
  •  Metadata tools,
  •  Geodata tools,
  •  XML,
  •  LaTex,
  •  BibTex,
  •  Web standards and formats,
  •  Mashup technology using KML,

Replacement course for

IMT4891 and IMT4951