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Recording of 'Strong format obsolescence vs weak software obsolescence' webinar - now available online

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The recording of our latest DPC webinar session which took place at yesterday's 'Re:Format' event at the Guildhall in York is now available for members to view online. The session with Euan Cochrane of Yale, entitled 'Strong format obsolescence vs weak software obsolescence' talks us through the digital preservation challenges presented by file format obsolescence.

Don't forget to sign up for the next in our series of webinars. This session on Wednesday 29th June will join Paul WIlson for his explanation of how he arrived at a process for 'Preservation Planning for Personal Digital Archives.'

   

A catalyst for action: New Handbook provides practical guidance in Digital Preservation

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A new edition of the Digital Preservation Handbook was officially launched at the Guildhall in York yesterday, updating the original version first published in 2001.

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DPC Offers Scholarships to Members for iPRES 2016

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The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer three scholarships to its members to attend the 2016 iPRES conference to be held in Bern, Switzerland, 3rd-6th October 2016. These scholarships are aimed at early-career professionals who have passed beyond the need for introductory training but do not have ready access to further development opportunities. The scholarships include conference fees and a contribution towards travel and subsistence.

iPRES is the longest standing digital preservation conference and this important event brings together key theorists, researchers and practitioners to explore the latest trends, innovations, policies and practices in digital preservation. iPRES 2016 will attract participants from leading institutions, projects and initiatives from all around the world. The conference will provide a unique development opportunity that will allow scholarship recipients to engage with the leading edge of digital preservation research and practice whilst also making new contacts within the digital preservation community.

The conference features key notes, conference sessions, panels, workshops, tutorials, poster sessions and a series of social activities. The core conference dates are:

  • Monday, October 3, 2016
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Workshops and tutorials will be held on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. The conference is hosted by the Swiss National Library and more information is available via the conference website: www.ipres2016.ch

Attendance at iPRES 2016 costs 420 CHF (~£300) per person. The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer three scholarships which meet the costs of the registration fees for full conference attendance, along with a bursary of up to £250 per scholarship which should be spent on travel and subsistence costs. Applications are welcomed from all DPC members and associates.

Please see the scholarship announcement for full details and criteria for applicants. The relevant scholarship application form should be used to apply and the closing date for entries is 8th July 2016 at 17:00.

   

Consultancy opportunity for Online Training Programme Developer with UNHCR

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  • Project Title: Development of the new UNHCR Records and Archives Management Online Training Programme
  • Organisation: UNHCR
  • Job Title: Records and Archives Online Training Programme Developer Duty
  • Station: Home based
  • Duration: 01 July – 31 December 2016
  • Contract Type: Individual Consultant
  • Closing date: 21 June 2016

Records and Archives Section of the Office of United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) invites consultants to submit proposal for the project management for development of the New UNHCR Records and Archives Management Online Training Programme. The consultant will be the project manager and coordinate the staff in Records and Archives Section who will develop most of the modules. In addition, the consultant will develop the Mandatory Records and Archives Management Induction Module with the support of Global Learning Center and an external company. The consultant will work remotely and meetings will be with online communication tools.


   

Recording of 'Long time coming: trust, certification and digital preservation' webinar - now available online

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The recording of our latest DPC webinar session with William Kilbride and Kees Waterman, entitled 'Long time coming: trust, certification and digital preservation' is now available for members to view online.

This session is a re-run of the cancelled webinar from our 'Preserve Better' Briefing Day on 25th May and examines current certification and accreditation programmes for archives. William is joined by Kees Waterman who is currently working with the Data Seal of Approval in the Netherlands.

Don't forget to sign up for the next in our series of webinars. This session on Wednesday 29th June will join Paul WIlson for his explanation of how he arrived at a process for 'Preservation Planning for Personal Digital Archives.'

   

‘Preserving Transactional Data’: new DPC Technology Watch Report now available

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), UK Data Service and Charles Beagrie Ltd are delighted to release the latest DPC Technology Watch Report ‘Preserving Transactional Data’ by the DPC’s Sara Day Thomson. This report tackles the requirements for preserving transactional data and the accompanying challenges facing companies and institutions that aim to re-use these data for analysis or research, presenting the issues and strategies which emphasize preservation practices that facilitate re-use and reproducibility.

   

Webinar recordings now available for sessions on Fedora and the Digital Preservation Handbook

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The recording of the last two DPC webinar sessions with Neil Jefferies of the University of Oxford on 'Fedora in Action' and Neil Beagrie of Charles Beagrie Ltd 'Introducing the Digital Preservation Handook' are now available for members to view online.

In these sessions we are treated to a behind the scenes tour of two of the latest digital preservation resources, an experience not to be missed!

Don't forget to sign up for the next in our series of webinars. This session on Wednesday 15th June will be jointly hosted with the NCDD and is entitled 'Long time coming: trust, certification and digital preservation' with William Kilbride and Kees Waterman. This session is a re-run of the cancelled webinar from our 'Preserve Better' Briefing Day on 25th May and will examine current certification and accreditation programmes for archives. This time William will be joined by Kees Waterman who is currently working with the Data Seal of Approval in the Netherlands.

   

Vacancy for Research Data Specialist with the Digital Repository of Ireland

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  • Job title - Research Data Specialist, Digital Repository of Ireland
  • Location - Dublin
  • Type - fixed term contract for 12 months, ideally starting 01 Aug 2016.

The Royal Irish Academy is seeking applications for the position of Research Data Specialist, Digital Repository of Ireland. The Research Data Specialist is an exciting new role that will lead the planning, development, and delivery of research data management capacity in the DRI, and prepare the DRI to offer research data archiving and preservation to its stakeholders. The Research Data Specialist should be an experienced digital archivist with expertise in research data curation, policy and publication. The successful candidate will build on existing project management skills, and contribute significantly to Ireland’s ability to meet and exceed Irish and European requirements for research data, open data, and open science.

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Vacancy at the Bodleian Libraries: Technical Officer/Research Software Engineer (Polonsky Fellow)

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Technical Officer/Research Software Engineer (Polonsky Fellow)

Location: Osney Mead, Oxford
Salary: (Grade 7) £30,738 - £37,768 with a discretionary range to £41,255 p.a. (an annual market pay supplement of up to £1,448 may be payable and is subject to review)
Position Type: Full Time / Fixed Term (2 years)
Closing Date: 12.00 midday on Monday 13 June 2016

The Bodleian Libraries and Cambridge University Library have received substantial funding from the Polonsky Foundation to appoint six Polonsky Digital Preservation Specialists for a joint 2-year project. Three posts will be based at each institution, and will work collaboratively to address the development of systems and services to support the long-term preservation of the libraries' digitised and born-digital cultural heritage collections. The six posts offer an exciting opportunity to help shape the digital preservation activities at two of the world's foremost research libraries, and to share with other the knowledge and experience learned.

As a Technical Officer/Research Software Engineer you will undertake research and training to build upon your expertise in the technical issues surrounding digital preservation and your awareness of the tools, systems and projects that seek to address these issues. You will also develop and/or implement digital preservation applications and services with the Bodleian Libraries, contribute to the development of a business case and sustainability plan for digital preservation operations, disseminate the key findings of your work to at least one conference and submit one journal article per year based on your work in collaboration with colleagues. You will be expected to work closely with the rest of the Polonsky team based at both Oxford and Cambridge, as well as with colleagues in BDLSS.

You will have an honours degree or postgraduate diploma, preferably in library or information science, or computer science or equivalent skills and experience, demonstrable knowledge of at least two object orientated programming languages, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a matrix team and with stakeholders. You will also have experience of implementing and documenting complex software, working with open source software, a version control system, and release management. A postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in a field relevant to digital preservation in any subject or discipline is desirable.

Travel to other sites, conferences and institutions in the UK and internationally will be required.

Owing to the nature of this post, candidates will be required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland check as well as a financial background check. The possession of a criminal record or poor financial background will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.This post is part of a pilot scheme testing a new Supporting Evidence form in place of the more usual 'supporting statement'. Please ensure that you carefully read the How to Apply section provided in the Job Description, which you can download below along with the required Supporting Evidence form. Your application cannot be considered without this form. You will also be required to upload your CV as part of your application.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on Monday 13 June 2016 can be considered. Interviews are anticipated to be held in late June 2016. The interview panel will comprise of representatives from both Universities.

For full details and to make an application, visit https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=123531

   

Digital Preservation Awards 2016: Don’t miss out, submit your nominations by 26th July

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With just a couple of months left to submit your nominations, do not miss your opportunity for recognition at the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to maintaining a digital legacy.

Send us your nominations by 12noon on Tuesday 26th July and be in with a chance of being named the best in your field of expertise.

Entry to the Digital Preservation Awards is free and open to all organisations and individuals, so apply now!

   

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