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Request for Information: International Criminal Tribunal Seeks Digital Preservation System

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Supply of a system for the preservation and management of its digital archives in compliance with the Open Archival Information System (“OAIS”) framework, including maintenance thereof.
Client: United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
Location: The Netherlands
Date Issued: 18 December 2014
Closing Date: 10 January 2015

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (“MICT” or “the Mechanism”) is seeking information from potential vendors on current/existing commercial solutions, custom solutions, and other relevant information for the preservation and management of its digital archives in compliance with the Open Archival Information System (“OAIS”) framework.

This RFI is to determine solutions that meet this requirement and, if so: how the solution meets the requirement; what the capabilities and limitations of the solution are with respect to the five preservation functions of Ingest, Data Management, Storage, Access, Preservation Planning, Administration; what are the existing pricing models; and what are the models for support and maintenance.

The Mechanism is the successor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”). It was established by Security Council Resolution 1966 on 22 December 2010. It has two branches, in Arusha and The Hague, which began functioning on 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013 respectively.

The ICTY and the ICTR were established in 1993 and 1994 respectively and have, over the last two decades, accumulated large quantities of both physical and digital records. These records document all aspects of the work of the Tribunals including, but not limited to: investigations, indictments and court proceedings, the detention of accused persons, the protection of witnesses, the enforcement of sentences and relationships with States, other law enforcement authorities, international and non-governmental organizations and the general public.

The Mechanism, which is to be a lean and efficient institution, is mandated to manage the archives of the ICTR, the ICTY, and the Mechanism itself, which collectively constitute the International Criminal Tribunals’ Archives (“Archives”). The Archives comprise physical and digital records which have been selected for long-term or permanent preservation.

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'Technology Bytes’ and ‘Digital Preservation in Action’ – New webinars announced and first sessions now open for member registration

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Following the success of our webinar series earlier this year, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is pleased to invite members to take part in not one but two new webinar series in the New Year. A second series of 'Technology Bytes' webinars and a new series on ‘Digital Preservation in Action’ will offer a deep dive into some of the available tools, techniques and their practical application in real organisations.

Both series will provide an opportunity understand the strengths of some of the newest tools and innovations available, how these might be best applied to digital preservation in practice, as well as providing a platform for members to voice their needs and concerns directly to representatives of a wide range of tool developers and providers.

The webinars will interest:

  • Collections managers, librarians, curators and archivists in all institutions
  • IT managers and procurement managers in memory institutions
  • Records managers in institutions with a need for long-lived data
  • CIOs and CTOs in organisations with commercial intellectual property
  • Vendors and developers with digital preservation solutions
  • Researchers with interests in research data management

The webinars start in January 2015 and will take place every two weeks until April, as follows*:

Technology Bytes

  • 14th January 2015 - ‘Updating OAIS’
  • 28th January 2015 - Jypylyzer
  • 11th February 2015 - Curation Costs Exchange (CCEx)
  • 25th February 2015 - SCOUT
  • 11th March - TIMBUS Risk tool

Digital Preservation in Action

  • 21st January 2015 - British Library
  • 4th February 2015 - University of Manchester
  • 18th February 2015 - Parliamentary Archives
  • 4th March 2015 - Wellcome Trust
  • 18th March - Oxford University
  • 1st April 2015 - PRONI

Registration is now open for the first sessions of each series on ‘Updating OAIS’ and the British Library.

The webinars are available to members only and free of charge, but places are limited so early registration is recommended. Registration for subsequent dates will be announced in due course and all webinars will be recorded and published to the members’ area of the DPC website.

*The programme may be updated between now and April, but we will keep you informed if this happens.


Digital Archives Officer Vacancy at University of St Andrews Library

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University of St Andrews Library
Digital Archives Officer
Salary: £25,513 - £30,434 per annum
Start Date: As soon as possible 

The University Library wishes to recruit a Digital Archives Officer to work within its Special Collections Division. S/he will develop and implement policies and practice for the management of digital assets across the Division and Library, and will participate in the work of the University’s Virtual Records Management Unit. S/he will develop and deliver systems for collecting, preserving and providing access to both the born-digital and digitised assets of the University and will be responsible for their acquisition, appraisal, description and retention within the University’s muniment collection. S/he will have an archival, records management or digital preservation qualification and will report to the Keeper of Manuscripts and Muniments in the University Library.

For further information or an informal discussion of the post please contact Rachel Hart ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), 01334 462339.

Please quote ref:  ML1121

Closing Date:  5 January 2015

Further Particulars: View vacancy


Digital Preservation Coalition publishes ‘OAIS Introductory Guide (2nd Edition)’ Technology Watch Report

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to announce publication of the OAIS Introductory Guide (2nd Edition) Technology Watch Report. Written by Brian Lavoie of OCLC Research, and published in association with Charles Beagrie Ltd., the latest report in the Technology Watch series looks back on the development, features, and impact of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model, one of the core standards of digital preservation.

Research Scientist at OCLC, Brian observes that perhaps “the most important achievement of the OAIS in this history is that it has become almost universally accepted as the lingua franca of digital preservation”

Emphasising its flexibility and conceptual nature, the report describes the OAIS, its core principles and functional elements, as well as the information model which support long-term preservation, access and understandability of data – highlighting the in-built level of abstraction which makes it such a widely applicable foundation resource for digital preservation.

Brian adds “it is possible to identify a few limitations associated with the OAIS’s impact,” generally associated with the very conceptual nature of the model, and goes on to recommend that the digital preservation community would certainly “benefit from a careful assessment of where more precise and authoritative definitions of OAIS concepts and relationships would accelerate progress in achieving robust, widely applicable, and interoperable digital preservation solutions.”

The Introduction to OAIS was the first of the DPC Technology Watch reports, and although it was first published a decade ago it has remained popular. The second edition updates and expands this first report, providing an excellent introduction to the OAIS for those new to digital preservation and resource for practitioners wishing to re-acquaint themselves with the basics of the model, supplemented by the wisdom of a decade of research, development and implementation.

Sarah Higgins of the Department of Information Studies at Aberystwyth University praises the report, calling it “a much needed and important update. It lays out both the content of the second edition of the OAIS Reference Model, and the results of over a decade of research and development that can trace its roots to OAIS. The tools and processes for practical implementation of digital preservation and measuring their success are expertly explained and evaluated. The report will be invaluable to both established and new entrants to the digital preservation profession who need to understand the basic concepts of an OAIS and the tools available to them. This clear and comprehensive report will be embedded as core reading for Aberystwyth University students studying Digital Curation or Digital Information Management at Master’s level”.

The not-for-profit DPC is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation. The coalition ensures its members can continue to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through knowledge exchange, capacity building, assurance, advocacy and partnership. Its primary objective is raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues. The DPC Technology Watch Reports support this objective through an advanced introduction to topics that have a major bearing on its vision to ‘make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.'

OAIS Introductory Guide (2nd Edition) is the latest in the state of the art Technology Watch Reports that give an advanced introduction to ensuring that high-value and vulnerable digital resources can be managed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence.

Read Brian Lavoie’s Technology Watch Report ‘OAIS Introductory Guide (2nd Edition)’ now.


Vacancy at Trinity College Dublin: Research Fellow in Data Curation

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Research Fellow
Location: Dublin, RoI
Post Type: Full time, fixed term (2 years)
Salary: 40,003e and 46,255e
Deadline: 8 Dec 2014

The Knowledge and Data Engineering Group, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin is seeking a full-time researcher for the ALIGNED H2020 project in Software and Data Engineering for large scale historical dataset curation.The role will be part of a self-managing team developing the Dacura data curation platform in conjunction with Humanities and Social Science researchers from The Evolution Institute's Seshat: Global History Databank. Within ALIGNED we will work with other leading European universities and enterprises to develop aligned methods of data and software engineering for web-scale systems.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD and an excellent research track record in a relevant field (semantics, digital humanities, web technologies, statistical NLP, HCI, information retrieval) and strong web programming skills.This is a 2 year contract position with a salary between €40,003k and €46,255k, depending on skills and experience.

Full details on the post are here: http://kdeg.cs.tcd.ie/aligned-project-post-doctoral-research-fellow


Digital Archivist Vacancy at Lancaster University

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Digital Archivist

Library, Lancaster University
Salary:   £32,277 to £37,394
Closing Date:   Thursday 15 January 2015
Interview Date:   Tuesday 03 February 2015
Reference:  A1116


You will be responsible for developing services, systems and procedures to support the long-term preservation of research data and other digital assets of the University. With good technical knowledge and skills in these areas, you will contribute to a fast-paced and responsive team. You will have the aptitude and skills to develop relevant systems and services and innovate in a rapidly evolving environment. We are looking for potential as much as for existing competence, and we expect that the post holder may develop the post in distinctive ways that suit their areas of interest and expertise, together with assisting in the delivery of the University and Library’s strategic plan.

For further information and informal discussion of the role, please contact Masud Khokhar, Head of Digital Innovation This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +44(0)1524 594236

Applications from people in all diversity groups are welcome.


Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives - Slides now available

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Thank you to all who attended the ‘Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives’ conference with the Wellcome Trust on Monday 10th November and for making it such a success! We are pleased to announce that slides from the event are now available, and can be found on the events page of the DPC website.


PrestoCentre Preservathon: Paris, 3rd and 4th December - Registration now open

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PrestoCentre Preservathon: Select the best technology partners and service providers for your future MAM system

PrestoCentre Preservathons are two-day hands-on events developed around main themes and challenges in audiovisual digitisation, preservation and long-term access. During the first day, attendees will work together in small groups. Activities include workshops, roleplaying, demonstrations, presentations, writing and negotiation exercises (e.g. call for tender, SLA). Each Preservathon includes a competitive element. The second day is organised as a mini-conference including concise presentations and demonstrations of the results and experiences from the first day, a ceremony to award the winning group, and a short but informative review on the subject, including the state of relevant technology, related research, and open questions.

Find out more and register.


The DPC will enable ‘closer and more productive collaboration within and beyond the Coalition.’

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As part of its new Strategic Plan for 2015 – 2018 released on Monday 17th November, the DPC will facilitate closer and more productive collaboration within and beyond the Coalition.

DPC Business Manager, Carol Jackson explains that “this requires good governance, transparency and trustworthiness on behalf of the DPC, as well as a commitment to openness, respect and mutuality from members.”

The DPC will develop, foster and maintain partnerships so that all agencies involved in providing or enabling long-term access to digital resources can flourish and benefit from an effective and productive relationship with the DPC.

The Coalition encourages coherence, maximises impact, and welcomes new contributions to the field of digital preservation, and will continue to monitor and maintain its relevance and effectiveness.

By realising its goals, the intention of the Strategic Plan is to sustain the Coalition’s vision to ‘make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.’

For more information about joining the DPC, visit the member page of the website and download the abridged version of the new Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018.


Vacancy at University College London: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Information Governance

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Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Information Governance
Job Type: Full time, Permanent
Salary: Grade 8: £41,430 - £48,873 per annum; Grade 9: £53,119 - £57,760 per annum
Location: London, UK
Closing Date: 16th December 2014

Please note and draw to the attention of anyone who might be interested that there is a vacancy in the Department of Information Studies at University College London for a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in the field of Information Governance. This post which has just been advertised (with a closing date of December 16th) will suit an individual with a strong and proven track record in research and teaching in information governance and records management.

Further details on the post and how to apply can be found at http://tinyurl.com/kwtlxwkIf you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Andrew Flinn ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Anne Welsh ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). For enquiries about the application procedure please contact Kerstin Michaels ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ); tel: 020 7679 2107.


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