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DANS joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 20 July 2017

Data Archiving and Network Service (DANS) has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) this week, becoming its newest Associate member.

Underpinning and continuously improving its services through research on sustainable access to digital research resources, DANS was a member of the 4C Project (Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation) and was part of the team which developed the Curation Costs Exchange (CCEx). Launched in 2014, the CCEx is a community owned platform which helps organisations of any kind assess the costs of curation practices through comparison and analysis. Allowing the CCEx aims to provide real information about costs to help make more informed investments in digital curation. 

“DANS is a wonderful, world-leading organisation, well known to many in the digital preservation community.  Their list of achievements and history of innovation is daunting, but even more important has been the openness and generosity which characterizes their approach. They have been at the forefront of some very important initiatives over the years, like the Data Seal of Approval, the Research Data Alliance and the 4C Project,” says Executive Director of the DPC William Kilbride. “DANS was a key partner in the development of the Curation Costs Exchange, work which we will sustain and progress as we continue to collaborate on our shared challenge of digital preservation.”

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Vacancy for Disc Imaging Technician, Digital Preservation at the British Library

3 August 2017

Boston Spa, West Yorkshire

£19,500 per annum

Full-Time

Vacancy for IT Infrastructure Manager at National Library of Scotland

14 August 2017

Edinburgh

£39,547 per annum (pay award pending)

Full-Time

Durham University Joins the DPC

Added on 14 July 2017

Details to follow

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Consultancy opportunity for Digital Preservation Expert with UNICEF, New York

18 July 2017

Headquarters Locations: United States of America

Call For Papers: Workshop "After the Digital Revolution", Manchester, 14-15 September 2017

Added on 13 July 2017

How can we improve the preservation and access to born-digital records in literary and publishers’ archives?

“there lie in his hoards many records that few now can read, even of the lore-masters, for their scripts and tongues have become dark to later men.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

While we still have letters, manuscripts and other physical documents from the past centuries, we are in danger of losing digital documents created in the last decade. Literary scholars rely on the traces left by writers – from correspondence to drafts – which now take the form of born-digital records. Publishing historians also need access to the records left by publishing companies. Emails and other digital forms of communication have largely replaced letters and memos, and yet, safeguarding digital archives remains an enduring challenge for archivists. Electronic records risk becoming unreadable due to rapidly changing formats and technologies. Even when digital archives are actively preserved, they are often closed to researchers due to data protection and other issues. To paraphrase Tolkien, the scripts and tongues of our digital age risk becoming dark to later men.

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Vacancy for Digital Library Developer at LSE Library

30 July 2017

London, UK

£34,156 to £41,317 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £44,456 pa inclusive

Full-Time

Hydra is now Samvera

Added on 7 July 2017

The Hydra project started in 2008 as a collaborative, community effort to create a common set of tools that could support flexible repository solutions based on the Fedora repository system for managing different collections of digital assets.  The four initial participants - Hull, Virginia, Stanford and Fedora - have seen the community grow to 35 Partners, all making their own contribution to the ongoing development of the software and the community underpinning this.  The open source software can now be deployed according to need; from a set of tools for local customisation (Hyrax), through to turnkey solutions for general (Hyku) and multimedia (Avalon) repositories.

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EARLY BIRD ENDING SOON: Fedora and Hydra/Samvera Camp at Oxford Sept 4-8 2017

Added on 7 July 2017

DuraSpace and Data Curation Experts are pleased to invite you to attend the Fedora and Hydra/Samvera Camp at Oxford University, September 4 - 8, 2017. The camp will be hosted by Oxford University, Oxford, UK and is supported by Jisc.

Training begins with the basics and build toward more advanced concepts–no prior Fedora or Hydra experience is required. Participants can expect to come away with a deep dive Fedora and Hydra learning experience coupled with multiple opportunities for applying hands-on techniques working with experienced trainers from both communities.

Registration is limited to the first 40 applicants so register here soon! An early bird discount is available until July 10.

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