Creating and Sharing Digital Content

creating and sharing digital contentIt is almost certain that, at some point during your career as a university student, you will be asked to produce digital content as part of a formal course task. You might also find yourself wanting to share digital content that you made informally with other students. It’s important to choose the right tool for the job – which is not always easy, given the wide range of tools from which to choose. The right tool also depends on the demands of your subject area and on what it is you want to achieve.

Have a look at the scenarios below, and think about the tools you would use to create and share information.

Activity 1

Activity 2

Activity 3

Our advice for creating and sharing digital content

Choosing a tool to create and share your work is not the only thing you should consider when producing content digitally. You also need to consider whether you should share your content at all.

When you share your own work, think about whether you are likely to want it in the public domain forever. It is difficult to remove things from the internet entirely. This video from the BBC provides an example of how sharing on the internet caused problems for one photographer.

We would suggest that you:

  • Watermark your work in an online portfolio
  • Provide low resolution versions of your work online
  • Name, title and date all your work, and store this information within the files themselves
  • If you are creating a computer program or website, hide some non-obvious identifying information within the code

Taking these steps will not in itself protect you from copyright infringement, but it will provide a means to prove others may have copied your work.