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Vacancy at the Science and Technology Facilities Council: Data Repository Developer

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Data Repository Developer, Science and Technology Facilities Council

Location: Didcot
Reference Number: IRC197213
Salary: Grade: RC-E £28384 - £38426
Position Type: Fixed term appointment, Full-Time
Closing Date: 07 September 2015

STFC is seeking to recruit a highly motivated individual to join its team at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory helping to design and build systems to manage and cross-link research outputs in support of the scientists and engineers of STFC.

The STFC Scientific Computing Department has a programme of development and support of large scale data management through the research lifecycle for STFC funded facilities (e.g. ISIS, CLF, DLS) and is looking to improve provision of services which support the long-term management of data which underpins the academic publication.

More information and details on how to apply: http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc197213_5630.aspx

   

General registration is now open for Preserving Social Media: Briefing Day

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A reminder that general registration is now open for Preserving Social Media: Briefing Day on 27th October at the Wellcome Collection in London.

General registration is now open until 20th October 2015 at 17:00. Spaces are limited so please register early to reserve your place.

The DPC and UK Data Service invite you to join our Briefing Day on Preserving Social Media. The Briefing Day will bring together practitioners who work with social media data across multiple sectors, including social sciences, data science, journalism, archives, libraries, and research data management. The Briefing Day will also launch the Technology Watch Report developed from the 12-month study as part of the ESRC’s ‘Big Data Network’ programme. The Briefing Day and report provide an overview of archiving social media and the accompanying challenges posed by forms of big data.

The content generated by social media users provides valuable data for a range of sectors, from government bodies to media outlets to academic researchers in the social sciences and other data-centric disciplines. This study explores the demands and requirements for maintaining social media for long-term access for these user communities and for future generations looking back on life in the early 21st century.

Who should come?

  • practitioners of web archiving
  • curators or managers of research data
  • digital preservation specialists
  • data-driven researchers
  • data scientists interested in the curation of social media data
  • information professionals interested in new developments in digital preservation
  • anyone interested in archiving new forms of digital content

Attendance is free for DPC members and UKDS affiliates and costs £250 per person for non-members and can be paid by cash or cheque on the day or by cheque in advance (receipts will be issued).Attendees should expect a diverse range of topics around the challenges of curating, archiving, and sharing social media data from a panel of speakers who demonstrate the value of this emerging social and historical record.

For more information and to register for this event, visit the DPC events page.

   

E-ARK Project and Partners Seek Feedback on Version 2.0 of SIARD Format

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The E-ARK project and partners are seeking feedback on the latest version of a very important database archiving specification: the SIARD file format version 2.0. SIARD stands for Software Independent Archival of Relational Databases, and is an extension of the standard eCH-0165 for the SIARD Format version 1.0. The format was developed by the Swiss Federal Archives, and is a normative description of a file format for the long-term preservation of relational databases. Version 2.0 has been developed jointly by the Swiss Federal Archives, the Swiss Koordinationsstelle für die dauerhafte Archivierung elektronischer Unterlagen (KOST) and the EU project E-ARK .

The SIARD format is based on standards including the ISO standards Unicode, XML, and SQL:2008, the URI Internet standard, and the industry standard ZIP. The aim of employing internationally recognised standards is to ensure the long-term preservation of, and access to, the widely used relational database model, as well as easy exchange of database content, independent of proprietary “dump” formats.

This document has been submitted to the Swiss Federal Archives, KOST and E-ARK. It has the force of a standard for its defined area of use in the specified scope of validity.

What’s New in Version 2.0?

Version 1.0 of the SIARD Format was developed in 2007 by Enter AG for the Swiss Federal Archives. It was homologized as standard eCH-0165 in 2013. This version 2.0 is based on version 1.0 and defines a format that is backward-compatible with version 1.0.

The main new features are:

  • Upgrade of SQL:1999 support to SQL:2008 support.
  • Support for all SQL:2008 types, in particular user-defined data types (UDTs),
  • More explicit validation rules for data type definitions using regular expressions,
  • Small modification of the definition, showing when to store large objects inline as part of the table XML,
  • Support for storing large objects outside of the SIARD file using “file:” URIs ,
  • Support for “deflate” as a compression mechanism.

We welcome your feedback on this new version by September 20th 2015. The complete specification is available to download on the E-ARK website: SIARD 2.0 Specification. Please address your comments to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (or Anders Bo Nielsen This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

   

Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving - Programme Now Available

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A One Day International Conference at the University of Edinburgh, hosted by EDINA and the ISSN IC

7th September 2015
9:00 – 17:00

Speakers Include:

  • Clifford Lynch (CNI)
  • John MacColl (RLUK)
  • Victoria Reich (The LOCKSS Program)
  • Kate Wittenberg (Portico)
  • Randy Kiefer (CLOCKSS Archive)
  • Andrew MacEwan (British Library)
  • Mike Furlough (HathiTrust)
  • Steve Marks (University of Toronto/Scholars Portal)
  • Barbara Sierman (KB, Netherlands)
  • Ted Westervelt (Library of Congress)
  • Zhenxin Wu (National Science Library of China)
  • Vincent Wintermans (UNESCO)

A roundtable discussion 'Looking forward to looking back: New Horizons for the Scholarly Record' will be chaired by William Kilbride (Digital Preservation Coalition).

For more details please see the website: http://keepers2015.blogs.edina.ac.uk/speakers/

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/taking-the-long-view-international-perspectives-on-e-journal-archiving-tickets-17494314967

Academic libraries increasingly rely on the services of archiving agencies to help provide assurance of continuing access. This conference brings together speakers from leading international service providers, national libraries and library consortia. Speakers will be asked to describe their initiative's recent activities and share views on what actions are needed - by themselves and by other stakeholders - that can assist with collaborative activity and result in improved services in the near and long term.

Marking the 40th anniversary of the ISSN International Centre and the 20th anniversary of EDINA, this event presents a networking and briefing opportunity in which librarians can learn about a wide range of international activities, experiences and perspectives on the archiving and preservation of serial content, and gain insight into how these initiatives are developing to aid library stewardship and collection development decisions.

The conference programme, accommodation information, and travel directions are available on the conference website: http://keepers2015.blogs.edina.ac.uk/

For more on the Keepers Extra project and the Keepers Registry, visit our blog: http://thekeepers.blogs.edina.ac.uk/

John McIntyre Conference Centre
Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road
Edinburgh, EH16 5AY

http://www.edinburghfirst.co.uk/getting-here/

   

Registration Open for Preserving Social Media Briefing Day, 27th October, London

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Mark your calendars, registration is now open for Preserving Social Media: a Briefing Day on 27th October at the Wellcome Collection in London. Attendees should expect a diverse range of topics around the challenges of curating, archiving, and sharing social media data from a panel of speakers who demonstrate the value of this emerging social and historical record.

Spaces are limited so please register to reserve your seat.

The DPC and UK Data Service invite you to join our Briefing Day on Preserving Social Media. The Briefing Day will bring together practitioners who work with social media data across multiple sectors, including social sciences, data science, journalism, archives, libraries, and research data management. The Briefing Day will also launch the Technology Watch Report developed from the 12-month study as part of the ESRC’s ‘Big Data Network’ programme. The Briefing Day and report provide an overview of archiving social media and the accompanying challenges posed by forms of big data.

The content generated by social media users provides valuable data for a range of sectors, from government bodies to media outlets to academic researchers in the social sciences and other data-centric disciplines. This study explores the demands and requirements for maintaining social media for long-term access for these user communities and for future generations looking back on life in the early 21st century.

Who should come?

  • practitioners of web archiving
  • curators or managers of research data
  • digital preservation specialists
  • data-driven researchers
  • data scientists interested in the curation of social media data
  • information professionals interested in new developments in digital preservation
  • anyone interested in archiving new forms of digital content

DPC Members and UKDS affiliates (including ESRC Big Data Network programme affiliates) will have priority registration until Monday 24 August. Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration is open until 20th October 2015 at 17:00.

Attendance is free for DPC members and UKDS affiliates and costs £250 per person for non-members and can be paid by cash or cheque on the day or by cheque in advance (receipts will be issued).

For more information and to register for this event, visit the DPC events page.

Look out for more exciting event announcements coming soon from the DPC!

   

Vacancy at the National Archives: Head of Digital Preservation

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Head of Digital Preservation
Salary: 49057GBP
Job Type: Permanent, Full time
Location: Kew, London
Closing Date: 17th August

The National Archives (nationalarchives.gov.uk) is the official archive for England, Wales and the UK government, collecting and preserving over 1,000 years of records, from the Domesday Book to today’s digital information.

We support government by providing expert advice on creating, storing and using information, and promote transparency by providing access to past files for the public and press. We deliver technically innovative services such as legislation.gov.uk and the UK Government Web Archive, and are responsible for addressing the challenges of archiving born-digital material. We also have a sector-leadership role for archives across the UK, promoting best practice in all aspects of archive development.

Reporting to the Commercial and Digital Director, we are seeking a Head of Digital Preservation who can build on our success to date and lead talented teams at the forefront of digital preservation and web continuity. You will be joining the team at a time when we need to make key decisions about how to scale up our digital services, taking into account emerging technology trends such as cloud hosting and storage and mobile device use. The Head of Digital Preservation will lead the strategic development of our digital preservation and web archiving services, making them easier to manage and use as the volume of archived digital content grows. You will build a vision for the evolution of digital preservation which can be widely shared, with your team, with colleagues, with information management and IT experts and with others across the archive sector who look to The National Archives for support, tools and guidance. With support from your team, you will implement change to ensure that The National Archives continues to fulfill its responsibilities, to government and to the public, today and in the future.

For more information see: http://ig24.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_nationalarchives01.asp?newms=hm

   

DCC, DPC and ULCC Launch 'Digital Archiving and Preservation Training Needs Survey'

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The Digital Curation Centre (DCC), Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) kindly invite you to complete the 'Digital Archiving & Preservation Training Needs Survey' - http://bit.ly/DPTSurv.

All three organisations have a long history of working collaboratively with the aim of promoting best practice and providing training and advice for an ever growing international workforce, faced with the issue of long-term preservation and sustainability of born digital content.

"This survey intends to build a snapshot of training needs in the field of digital preservation, with the intention of building better training provision that will attempt to meet those needs, both now and in the future," said Ed Pinsent, Digital Archivist at ULCC and co-founder of its award-winning Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP). "The survey also aims to identify preferences for format, timing, and delivery of such training in order to fit with personal and professional lives."

"The DPC has recently embarked on a review of its workforce development programme to better understand its member's needs as well as the wider context of digital preservation training and professional development," added Sharon McMeekin, Head of Training and Skills at DPC. "Survey results will be incorporated into this review and will influence the future enhancement of the DPC's training outputs, scholarship programme, support for members' professional development and proposed course accreditation scheme."

"In order to provide current and appropriate support, it is critical for the DCC to understand current and emerging training requirements and skills levels across the digital curation and preservation communities in higher education and research institutions. The survey will make a useful contribution to our understanding, and allow us to review our training offerings in the light of its findings," concluded Laura Molloy, DCC.

How to take part?

The Digital Archiving & Preservation Training Needs Survey shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to complete and we are accepting submissions until the Friday, 2nd October 2015. Please do share with colleagues and/or friends who have an interest in digital archiving and preservation, regardless of the sector they are working in.

What next?

Once concluded we will share findings from the survey - appropriately anonymised - with all respondents and the wider community in report form. In addition both DCC and DPC will reuse parts of the survey to be included in a number of publications.

   

Vacancy: Digital Preservation Project Officer at the National Library of Wales

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Created on Monday, 03 August 2015 12:32

Digital Preservation Project Officer, National Library of Wales

Location: Aberystwyth
Salary: Band 3, £19,138-£25,111
Position Type: 6 Months Fixed-Term, Full-Time
Closing Date: 14th August 2015

The role is funded through a grant from the Museums Archives and ibraries Directorate and builds on the work achieved by the Archives and Records Council Digital Preservation Group in increasing digital preservation capacity for ARCW members. The role is responsible for providing training and support for ARCW members and working with the NLW pilot hosted installation of Archivematica, the open source digital preservation solution, to ensure that it meets the needs of ARCW members. The role also involves providing assistance with the creation of a business plan for a full implementation of a digital preservation solution for ARCW members.

More details are available online via the National Library of Wales website.

   

Vacancy: Teaching Fellow in Digital Asset and Media Management at King's College London

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Created on Monday, 03 August 2015 12:20

Teaching Fellow in Digital Asset and Media Management, King's College London

Location: London
Salary: Grade 6, £32,27-£38,511 plus £2,323 London Allowance
Position Type: Fixed-Term, Full-Time
Closing Date: 18th August 2015
Interviews: 21st August 2015
Job Reference Number: THW/15/059639/649

This post is a 12-month teaching fellow position available from the 1st September 2015 in the Department of Digital Humanities. The successful applicant will deliver excellent postgraduate and undergraduate teaching on the rapidly growing MA in Digital Asset and Media Management (MA DAMM), in particular on the core module and the optional module Digital Asset and Media Technologies in Practice. The post holder may also be asked to contribute to core and optional modules on the other MA programmes. The post includes both teaching and administrative roles, and also includes an allocation of time for scholarship.

The successful application will be expected to take a lead role in the planning, organisation and delivery of teaching activities within the department in accordance with established departmental practice and will contribute to the on-going development of MA DAMM modules.

S/he will participate fully in assessment and examination process as appropriate using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their leaning.

More details are available online here: https://www.hirewire.co.uk/HE/1061247/MS_JobDetails.aspx?JobID=62845

   

DPC Offers Scholarships to Members for DPTP - The Practice of Digital Preservation, 21-23 Sep, London

Created on Thursday, 30 July 2015 16:00

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two fully funded scholarships to attend the upcoming September 2015 instance of ULCC’s intermediate level Digital Preservation Training Programme – The Practice of Digital Preservation at Senate House, University of London, London.

The Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) is designed for all those working in institutional information management who are grappling with fundamental issues of digital preservation. It has recently been redesigned and is now offered as two separate courses: an introductory course and an intermediate course.  The two scholarships offered in this call are for the 3-day intermediate level course.

The Practice of Digital Preservation is aimed at those practitioners who are already working in digital preservation and who wish to broaden their working knowledge of the field. It is ideal for practitioners in all sectors who want to know more about applying practices in their day-to-day work. This practitioner course builds on and complements the Introduction to Digital Preservation. Students who attend are expected to be familiar with the OAIS Model, its concepts, and its terminology. It also aims to give students confidence in continuing to maintain their own current awareness afterwards through further reading, future professional development training and continuing to develop their own practical skills through their own continued experience of engaging with digital preservation.

DPTP is operated and organised by the University of London Computer Centre and is working towards conformance with the skills and competency levels defined by the DigCurV Curriculum Framework. It is supported by the Digital Preservation Coalition which originally helped to establish the course in 2005. There is more detail about the course online at http://www.dptp.org/.

Attendance at DPTP: The Practice of Digital Preservation costs £960 per person (including VAT). However, the Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two full scholarships which meet the costs of the course fees. 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.

This is the eighteenth time the DPC has offered scholarships to attend DPTP. Successful applicants will be asked to help promote the course and the work of the coalition. The DPC has supported a total of eighty two scholarships to attend DPTP courses.

See the attached announcement giving details of this programme or visit the ULCC/ DPTP website for details of the course. Please use the scholarship application form when applying for this grant.

   

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