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Call for workshop papers: Computational Archival Science – digital records in the age of big data.

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The workshop will be held on 8 December in Washington DC, USA, in conjunction with the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2016).

Submission Deadline: 3 October 2016

http://dcicblog.umd.edu/cas/ieee_big_data_2016_cas-workshop/

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The large-scale digitization of analogue archives, the emerging diverse forms of born-digital archive, and new ways of engaging with archival material, are resulting in disruptions to traditional archival theories and practices. Increasing quantities of ‘big archival data’ present challenges for the practitioners and researchers who work with archival material, but also offer enhanced possibilities for scholarship through the application of computational methods and tools.

This workshop will explore this conjunction of emerging methods and technologies around big data with archival practice, and examine new forms of analysis and historical, social, scientific, and cultural research engagement with archives. We aim to identify and evaluate current trends, requirements, and potential in these areas, to examine the new questions that they can provoke, and to help determine possible research agendas for the evolution of computational archival science in the coming years, as well addressing the questions and concerns scholarship is raising about the interpretation of ‘big data’ and the uses to which it is put.

Full papers, of up to 9 pages, should be submitted via the conference online submission system. We also encourage submission of short papers (up to 4 pages) reporting work in progress. The submission deadline is 3 October 2016. All papers accepted will be included in the proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

Topics covered by the workshop include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Application of analytics to archival material, including text-mining, data-mining, sentiment analysis, network analysis.
  • Analytics in support of archival processing, including appraisal, arrangement and description.
  • Scalable services for archives, including identification, preservation, metadata generation, integrity checking, normalization, reconciliation, linked data, entity extraction, anonymization and reduction.
  • New forms of archives, including Web, social media, audiovisual archives, and blockchain.
  • Cyber-infrastructures for archive-based research and for development and hosting of collections
  • Big data and archival theory and practice
  • Digital curation and preservation
  • Crowd-sourcing and archives
  • Big data and the construction of memory and identity
  • Specific big data technologies (e.g. NoSQL databases) and their applications
  • Corpora and reference collections of big archival data
  • Linked data and archives
  • Big data and provenance
  • Constructing big data research objects from archives

The workshop builds on three earlier workshops on ‘Big Humanities Data’ organized by the same chairs at the 2013-2015 IEEE Big Data conferences.

For more information, see the full workshop Call for Papers at http://dcicblog.umd.edu/cas/ieee_big_data_2016_cas-workshop/

   

University of Bern, Switzerland becomes newest international member of the Digital Preservation Coalition.

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This month the Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the University of Bern, Switzerland as its newest associate member.

The University Library of Bern currently provides books and journals in print and electronic format as well as access to subject-specific databases. The team at Bern also aims to open its archive to the university community, incorporating access to more complex objects and formats in the digital editions it holds.

Marion Prudlo, the University of Bern’s Head of E-Library Service Centre explains why the University chose to join the Coalition. “Joining the DPC will move us forward another step towards our goal of providing a trustworthy preservation infrastructure to the university community in Bern. We are looking forward furthering our own knowledge, but to also engaging more with the digital preservation community at large.”

“We strongly believe that lasting solutions for the challenges posed by digital preservation can only be found by cooperating, exchanging information and most importantly by adopting standards and best practices. The DPC does this by providing current and authoritative solutions.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the University of Bern to the coalition,” says Chair of the DPC and Deputy Keeper of the Records of Scotland, Laura Mitchell. “It is wonderful to see more and more organisations recognising the benefits of collaborating to resolve digital preservation challenges, a challenge we share around the world.”

The DPC helps members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections. The coalition also raises awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges and supports members through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.

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DRI publishes guidelines for ISAD(G) and Encoded Archival Description

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ead-isadg-guidelines-coverThe DRI is very pleased to launch its newest set of guidelines EAD, ISAD(G) and the Digital Repository of Ireland. These are the latest in a series of metadata guidelines which currently includes Dublin Core, Qualified Dublin Core and MODS. The guidelines aim to provide accessible, straightforward instructions on creating metadata which is compatible with the DRI, as well as conforming to the relevant metadata standards.

ISAD(G) is the descriptive standard used to create finding aids for archival collections, while EAD is the XML standard which encodes it. DRI conducted a number of requirements interviews and subsequent report Digital Archiving in Ireland which identified ISAD(G) and EAD as the second most prevalent metadata standards used in Irish organisations, along with Dublin Core, MODS and MARC.

DRI Digital Archivist Rebecca Grant has written a blog post about the process of developing these guidelines. To read more, go to http://dri.ie/blog

   

DPC Offers Scholarships to Members for DPTP Training Courses

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The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer four scholarships to its members to attend upcoming DPTP training courses from the DART team at ULCC. Two scholarships are offered to attend the DPTP: Digitisation course on 27th September 2016 and two to attend the DPTP: Web Archiving 101 course on 17th October 2016, both to be held at Senate House, University of London, London.

About DPTP: Digitisation

The course will cover the basics of digitisation, from the initial planning through project management to protecting and preserving the resulting digital assets for the long term. It explores preparation, project management, equipment/outsourcing, workflows and policies. It will also look at metadata, copyright and licensing, and managing access to the digitised content.

About DPTP: Web Archiving 101

This course is one day long and is aimed at anyone who has a specific interest in capturing, selecting and using web content for any kind of research and who also need to ensure that web content can persist and endure in an accessible and useable preservation environment.

The course will teach the basics of web archiving. It explores who is doing web archiving currently, why it can be useful, who uses web archives and why. It explains the selection process for content, records management and business needs, available tools and outsourcing as an option. It will also cover legal aspects of web archiving and the issues around the archiving of social media.

About DPTP

DPTP courses are operated and organised by the DART Team at the University of London Computer Centre. The content of these courses and the new, one-day format have been developed in response to the training needs survey carried out by the University of London in collaboration with DPC and DCC in 2015. Read more about how the survey has influenced course development on the DART team blog - http://dart.blogs.ulcc.ac.uk/2016/08/18/new-dptp-programme-launching-our-first-new-course/. There is more detail about all of the DPTP courses available online at http://www.dptp.org/.

The Scholarships

Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer four scholarships which meet the full cost of the course fees for the successful applicants. Applications are welcomed from DPC members and associates. The scholarship covers all tuition fees, course materials, access to online resources, lunch and refreshments. Travel, accommodation and subsistence are not funded.

How to Apply

Full details of the scholarships, eligibility criteria and application process can be found in the scholarship announcement. All applications should be made using the relevant application form and must be received by 17:00 on Monday 12th September.

   

A New Course in the DPTP Programme - DPTP: Digitisation – from project management to access

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The University of London DART team are delighted to be opening bookings for the first course in the new DPTP programme. This is a one-day course, ‘DPTP: Digitisation – from project management to access‘, and it will be held in Senate House, London, on 27th September 2016.

The course will cover the basics of digitisation, from the initial planning through project management to protecting and preserving the resulting digital assets for the long term. It explores preparation, project management, equipment/outsourcing, workflows and policies. It will also look at metadata, copyright and licensing, and managing access to the digitised content.

Both the course content and the new, one-day format have been developed in response to the training needs survey carried out by the University of London in collaboration with DPC and DCC in 2015. Read more about how the survey has influenced course development on the DART team blog - http://dart.blogs.ulcc.ac.uk/2016/08/18/new-dptp-programme-launching-our-first-new-course/

For details of the full programme for the day and to book a place, see the course booking page.

For any queries on about the course, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   

Vacancy for Information and Records Assurance Advisor with Sellafield Ltd

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  • Job number: SP02468
  • Functional Area: Infrastructure Delivery
  • Profession: IT
  • Location: Sellafield
  • Contract type: Permanent contract
  • Posting date: 12-Aug-2016

Project Overview/Role Description

Sellafield Ltd is the company responsible for safely delivering decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The Information and Records Assurance Advisor role resides within the Information Management function of the Information Services Organisation. This role presents an exciting opportunity to join a newly formed team that is expected to grow in scope and maturity over the next 2 years.

   

Vacancy for Information and Records Manager with Sellafield Ltd

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  • Job number: SP02467
  • Functional Area: Infrastructure Delivery
  • Profession: IT
  • Location: Sellafield
  • Contract type: Permanent contract
  • Posting date: 12-Aug-2016

Project Overview/Role Description

Sellafield Ltd is the company responsible for safely delivering decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The Information and Records Manager role resides within the Information Management function of the Information Services Organisation. This role presents an exciting opportunity to join a newly formed team that is expected to grow in scope and maturity over the next 2 years.

   

Vacancy for Time-based Media Conservator with Tate

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Tate are looking for a full time, fixed term Conservator.

  • Job - Conservator, Time-based Media
  • Type - Full time, Fixed term (12 months)
  • Salary - £30,000 per annum
  • Closing date - 4 September 2016, midnight
  • See the vacancy for more information.

Tate are seeking a time based media conservator to work within the Time Based Media Conservation team supporting a dynamic programme of loans, acquisitions and collection care. 

   

Collections as Data Symposium - Library of Congress 27 September

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Learn How Researchers and Librarians Use Collections as Data at Library of Congress - Free and Open to the Public

This event will be live-streamed.

Collections as Data: Stewardship and Use Models to Enhance Access

September 27, 2016
The Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
Coolidge Auditorium
10 First Street, SE
Washington, DC 20540

For more details, a full programme, and to register, visit the event wepage here.

   

Vacancy for full time permanent Research Data Manager with University of Salford

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University of Salford are looking for a permanent, full time Research Data Manager.

The University Library is looking to appoint a highly motivated individual to the position of Research Data Manager. You will be responsible for ongoing service development, delivery, and analysis and evaluation of service usage and effectiveness. You will implement the Research Data Management policy and manage wider service roll out across the University building on the excellent progress achieved so far.

   

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