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Vacancy: Digital Library Developer, Library Services, LSE

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Vacancy for Digital Library Developer at The London School of Economics and Political Science

Location: London, UK
Salary: £33,450 to £40,462 p.a. inclusive
Contract: Full-time, Open-ended
Closing date: 12 September 2014 at 23:59

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. The Library of LSE provides one of the best social science collections in any university – supporting the research and teaching of LSE as well as opening its doors to the wider world.

The Digital Library Developer is responsible, with a co-developer, for the development of the Digital Library, by managing, maintaining and growing the Digital Library’s infrastructure: its storage and preservation repository, middleware and web presence. The post-holder is therefore expected to be a “full stack developer”, able to develop and manage both the Digital Library’s underlying repository infrastructure (based on the Fedora repository technology) and the web presence that makes the Library’s materials and collections available.

You will have substantial knowledge and experience of a variety of programming languages. Of particular use will be Ruby in the Ruby on Rails environment, the language in which our repository middleware (Hydra) is written in. Also of vital importance will be front-end web development skills, as the post has an emphasis on further developing the Digital Library’s web presence, so knowledge of HTML5, Javascript and CSS will be very important. As well as programming skills, you will be experienced in developing documentation, providing technical expertise on web and library technologies, working with stakeholders in developing Digital Library and other library services, contributing to strategy and policy, and contributing to the broader work of the team and of the Library more generally.

This is a very exciting time for LSE Library Services with the ongoing development of our Digital Library to acquire, preserve and provide public access to digital collections, as well as the introduction of the Women’s Library @ LSE – Europe’s largest collection of material relating to the lives of women. The Digital Library is emerging as a sector leader in providing preservation and access for LSE’s digital collections, and this is an opportunity to contribute to this cutting-edge service and to the Library’s emerging digital scholarship strategy. The job will appeal to anyone interested in applying their computer programming and development skills to new challenges in the Museums, Libraries and Archives space.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Neil Stewart, Digital Library Manager, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In addition to a good salary the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/JobsatLSE and select “Vacancies”. If you have any queries about applying on the online system, please e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it quoting reference 1432345.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 September 2014 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications. Interview date is 25 September 2014.


Personal Digital Archives - Consultation on New Technology Watch Report

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The DPC is commissioning an new title for it's Technology Watch Report series on the subject of preserving personal digital archives.  Gabriela Redwine, the report's author has prepared a draft of the outline of the report's content for consultation among DPC members.  Comments are welcome by email to info_AT_dpconline.org preferably by Monday 15th September.  Comments received after that date are still welcome.  The report will be released in 2015.


Scottish Council on Archives recruiting now for six paid traineeships

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6 paid work based traineeships for 'Opening up Scotland's Archives' project
Location: Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Lothian, Dundee
Closing date:  Tuesday 2 September 2014 at 9am

The Scottish Council on Archives is delighted to announce the launch of our exciting new Skills for the Future training project, ‘Opening up Scotland’s Archives’ starting in Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and East Lothian.

This three year project presents a unique opportunity for paid trainees to contribute to the care and development of Scotland’s archival heritage. This is a call to create a more diverse workforce, attract new people and skills into archive services especially to work with communities, digital skills, social media and IT – essential to archives of the 21st century.

We are currently seeking applications from six people who may never have thought about a job in this area. Trainees will work with high profile organisations and collections, on real-life projects like commemorating World War 1, whilst learning new skills. They will help to bring the past to life for new audiences and ensure our documented national memory remains accessible to future generations.

Opening up Scotland’s Archives is part of the Skills for the Future training programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Led by the Scottish Council on Archives in partnership with The National Archives (UK), the Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland and the University of Dundee Centre for Archives and Information Studies.

  • Please visit the website for further information on each of the traineeships and details on how to apply: http://www.scottisharchives.org.uk/sffrecruitment
  • We also need your help to promote the recruitment and would ask that you please pass details along to your colleagues, community groups and any other interested parties.



4C Project releases Curation Costs Exchange beta - supporting smarter investments by comparing digital curation costs

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The 4C project is delighted to announce that the beta version of the ‘Curation Costs Exchange’ (CCEx) website has been released today.

Supporting smarter investments in digital curation by enabling knowledge transfer and cost comparisons between organisations of all types, the CCEx is an online community platform for the exchange of curation cost information.

“The value we can derive from the CCEx depends entirely on the willingness of organisations to share their cost data, but more so on their understanding of the benefits that sharing will bring about,” observes Alex Thirifays of the Danish National Archive (DNA). “The more costs are shared, the more we can all learn about making smarter investments in digital curation.”

A crowd-sourced driven database and library of curation cost information, the CCEx uses the costs data it gathers to provide automatic generation of results for the purposes of self-assessment, cost comparisons with peers and insights into the financial accounting and activity costs of other organisations; supporting the 4C Project’s vision of creating a better understanding of digital curation costs through collaboration.

Beta testing will take place between the 12th August and 15th September and will involve invited testers, but the 4C Project welcomes feedback from all users.

“Anyone with an interest in or a need for a deeper understanding of the costs of preserving your digital material can try out the CCEx and let us know what they think,” encourages Luis Faria of KEEP Solutions in Portugal who has led the team charged with developing the CCEx.

All comments and any cost data shared with the 4C project will be treated confidentially and will be used solely for the purposes of refining the performance of the CCEx.

In order to take part in the CCEx beta-testing, visit www.curationexchange.org and get started.


Out now: the Digital Preservation Coalition shares its new prospectus for 2014- 2015.

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Members can look forward to a host of new and returning publications, webinars, specialist briefing days and other events on a range of hot topics in digital preservation, following popular demand from members at the recent Director’s Group and Planning Day meetings.

New for 2014 – 2015, ‘Connecting the Bits’ is a member’s only networking event which promises much collaboration, sharing and learning as a result, and specialist briefing days on ‘Preservation and JPEG 2000’ and ‘Preservation Metadata’ have also been added to the bill.

Amongst this innovation, the programme retains the ever popular student conference ‘What I Wish I Knew Before I Started’ and the ‘Getting Started in Digital Preservation’ Roadshow. Steps are in place to introduce a complementary and intermediate spin-off from the original ‘Getting Started…’ roadshow entitled ‘Making Progress in Digital Preservation;’ appealing to those who have covered the basics and need a little more support in specific areas of digital preservation. More information on this shortly….

As well as the traditional briefing days, we’ll be running our ‘Technology Bytes’ webinar series again this year and adding a ‘Digital Preservation in Action’ series which will see members showcasing their own progress and projects in the digital preservation domain, encouraging further knowledge sharing and information exchange through our online web conferencing platform.

Highlights for 2014 – 2015 are the jointly hosted 4C and DPC ‘Investing in Opportunity Conference: Policy, Practice and Planning for a Sustainable Digital Future’ Conference, the Digital Preservation Awards 2014 and the release of the Second Edition of the Digital Preservation Handbook. All coming soon.

Our widely read series of Technology Watch Reports also have a superb line up of investigations into the latest topical and technical issues this year. Speaking of which, keep your eyes peeled for our next report on ‘The OAIS Reference Model: Introductory Guide (2nd Edition)’ which is due to be released in the coming months.

If you are not already a DPC member, find more information about joining the DPC community and availing yourself of our member benefits here.

Download a copy of our DPC Prospectus 2014 - 2015 and we look forward to seeing you at a DPC event very soon.


Vacancy at Tate London - Researcher, Digital Preservation

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Post: Researcher, Digital Preservation
Reference: TG0939
Salary / Band: 27696GBP / Senior Advisory
Department: Collection Care Research, Partnerships and Programmes
Contract: 18 months fixed-term
Hours: Full-time (with potential for part-time working)
Reporting to: Head of Collection Care Research
Location: Millbank, London

If you combine a good understanding of the digital preservation field with strong communication skills, this varied and interesting role offers the chance to help deliver innovative European research projects for a world class brand.

The aim of Tate is to increase public awareness, understanding and enjoyment of British art from the 16th century to the present day, and of international modern and contemporary art.

Part of the Tate Partnerships and Programmes Directorate, Tate Research was established in 2006 to lead and support research activity across Tate, working both with external researchers and staff. We are involved in a number of European research projects, including Presto4U and Pericles, which will ensure digital content remains accessible in a continually changing environment.

Based in a small, creative team, you’ll work closely with the Digital Preservation Manager and other staff across Tate to help deliver Presto4U and Pericles and develop digital preservation policy and practice within Tate. Key tasks will range from contributing to the research objectives for these projects, developing preservation workflows for different teams across Tate, providing and reviewing project progress reports, communicating news from these projects and organising events. You’ll also be expected to stay abreast of new developments in digital preservation.

We’re looking for a dynamic, intellectually curious individual with a good understanding of the digital preservation of complex digital objects and the practical challenges of digital preservation in different contexts. Proven project management experience, a collaborative working style and excellent relationship building skills will be required.

Our opportunities are open for you to apply online. Please visit www.tate.org.uk/about/workingattate/ to create an account by registering your details or if you are an existing user, log into your account. For all opportunities, we ask candidates to complete an online application form for the vacancy they are interested in. If you need an application form in an alternative format, please call us on 020 7887 4997. Once you have submitted your application, you can keep track of its progress by logging in to your account.

The closing date for the submission of completed application forms is 18 August 2014 by 5 pm. Interviews will be held on 26 August 2014 (can be flexible if necessary).

Our jobs are like our galleries: open to all


Slides and recording are now available for 'Virtualisation and Preservation' Event in Cambridge, 22nd July

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Slides and the recording from our 'Virtualisation and Preservation' event in Cambridge on 22nd July are now available online. We had a very enlightening day, with many interesting insights into the subject of preservation and the cloud. Many thanks to our speakers for coming and sharing their experiences with us and to our attendees for some lively discussion.

Our programme of events for 2014-2015 will be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more details and we look forward to seeing you next year. 


Designed to last: RIBA takes major step to preserve the nations’ digital architectural records.

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The British Architectural Library of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) became the latest organisation to join the Digital Preservation Coalition last week.

“As a library, museum and archive with complex historic analogue and digital collections, we create, ingest, preserve and make accessible digital objects as a core activity,” explains Dylan Evans, RIBA’s Head of Systems & Services. "Our particular areas of interest include preservation strategies for e-Journals, digital photographs, born digital architecture and electronic design records (CAD, BIM and 3-D files), audio visual materials and databases."

“Joining the Digital Preservation Coalition will provide us with access to specialist resources, a unique network of peer advisors, and collaborative opportunities that are essential for the Library’s promotion, preservation and developments of its important architecture and design collections,” Dylan continues.

Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), William Kilbride said, “We have worked with RIBA for many years on activities relating to the management of born-digital architecture and design records and I am delighted to welcome them to the coalition. I’m thrilled they will now benefit from new partnerships through the DPC’s specialist network of members, taking their good work forward.

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Vacancy at United Nations (New York) Information Management Officer

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Information Management Officer
Location: New York
Position type: full time temporary (6 months)
Salary: P-4 (approximately 88K USD per annum tax free)
Closing date: 31st July 2014

The United Nations Seeks to recruit a temporary Information Management Officer. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Archives and Records Management Section, Office of Central Support Services, Department of Management, the Information Management Officer will perform the following duties:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of a sub-Unit in line with Section work plans. Provide advice and assist in the formulation of the Unit and Section's strategic plan.
  • Develop and implement strategies, policies and procedures for the management of the United Nations archives and records. Lead implementation of strategies policies and procedures by initiating and overseeing archival improvement projects, in particular relating to digital preservation. Advise United Nations officials and staff on archival issues and practices.
  • Plan, organize, oversee, coordinate and evaluate all work on: acquisition, accessioning, arrangement and description, storage, preservation and conservation of archives, including digital archives.
  • Develop and implement strategies and tools for online public outreach and access to United Nations archives. Implement the Organisation's information security regime.
  • Provide advisory services Organisation-wide on recordkeeping practices; make recommendations relating to improvement and implementation strategies, resource requirements, file plans and retention schedules. Oversees organisation and maintenance of UN records, including disposal; identifies and protects vital records.
  • Assist the Section Chief in developing the Section’s plans for disaster preparedness, response and recovery and by monitoring archival repositories.
  • Carry out managerial responsibilities relating to Archives and Records Section compliance with administrative requirements relating to planning, budgeting, finance,contract management, human resources and facilities management.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Supervise one professional staff member and general service staff. Perform other duties as required.

For further details about the post and how to apply see the attached document.


The United Nations Archives and Records Management Section joins the DPC

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The DPC is pleased to announce that United Nations (UN) Archives and Records Management Section joined the coalition in March this year.

 “We believe it’s important for the UN to be seen to be active in digital preservation and being part of the DPC will provide the right kind support and expertise for our work to develop digital preservation capacity and capability within the UN’s Secretariat,” explains Bridget Sisk, Chief of the Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS).

ARMS acquires, preserves, and makes available material created or received during all UN business, ensuring that historically significant records are made available for a variety of research uses, including teaching purposes, legal proceedings, building plans, publications, television and radio programs.

 “In addition to helping us develop new partnerships with cognate or specialist agencies, we are looking forward to expanding our understanding of approaches to digital preservation through training and briefing days, as well as garnering insights from DPC research projects like TIMBUS and 4C,” Bridget continues.

Chair of the DPC Board, Laura Mitchell said, “I am delighted to welcome the United Nations to the coalition. As an international and disparate agency, ARMS has an enormous challenge in managing huge volumes of digital data generated by operations across the globe. We look forward to working together to address the particular challenges associated with an organisation of this nature, and hope that by becoming involved in the UN’s own outreach activities we will be able to take the DPC’s message to a wider international audience.”

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