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Invitation for submission of expression of interest (EOI) from United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (UN-MICT)

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Created on Thursday, 25 June 2015 22:41

Vendor to supply preservation and management of digital archives system required by UN-MICT

Location: Arusha, Tanzania and The Hague, Netherlands
Date Published: 24th June 2015
Closing date: 16 July 2015
EOI Number: EOIUNMICT11199

United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (UN-MICT) request expressions of interest from vendors who can supply, implement and maintain a system for the long-term preservation and management of digital archives in compliance with the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) framework.

Companies can only participate in solicitations of the UN Secretariat after completing their registration (free of charge) at the United Nations Global Marketplace

   

Vacancy at EDINA: Software Engineer

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Created on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 16:21

Software Engineer

Location: Central Edinburgh
Salary: £31,342 - £37,394 per annum
Position Type: Full Time (Open ended)
Closing Date: Monday 13 July 2015 at 5pm

EDINA, the Jisc centre for digital expertise & online service delivery at the University of Edinburgh, are recruiting a Software Engineer/Java Web Developer to work on a state-of-the-art service delivering maps, geospatial data and geographic information to researchers and students across the UK.

EDINA's Digimap Service provides online access to a wide range of topographic and subject-specific mapping and map data, including geology, hydrographic, historical and contemporary Ordnance Survey maps. It has around 50,000 users and delivers over 21 million maps and 20TB of data per year. The successful candidate will be tasked with keeping this complex service running, as well as contributing to the evolution and development of this and other online services in a rapidly changing environment.

For more information and to apply, follow the link 

   

'Web Archives as Scholarly Sources' Conference Notes Available

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'Web Archives as Scholarly Sources' Conference Notes Available

As part of DPC’s on-going study on ‘Preserving Social Media’, Sara Day Thomson attended a conference ‘Web Archives as Scholarly Sources’ hosted by RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials) at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. 

Sara's notes from the conference and workshop sessions are available to all DPC members (login Required).

For more information about the conference, follow the link.

 

   

The National Archives has issued an invitation to tender for a two-part study

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Created on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 14:41

Scoping Study for The National Archives 

Location: Kew, Surrey
Date Published: 10th June 2015
Deadline: Midday, 9th July 2015
Submit proposals to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The National Archives (TNA) is inviting bids to produce a two-part study concentrating on the changing needs of academic users across sectors and to scope the current and future research landscape. This study is required to identify these changing needs, to clarify TNA’s current offer to those sectors and to assess how well equipped TNA is in terms of current resources and skills to address those needs and wants. The successful supplier will work in conjunction with those running relevant TNA initiatives in order to ensure that their viewpoints and needs are taken into consideration, and that duplication and overlap are avoided.

The study will comprise of two parts:

1) Responding to the changing needs of the academic and research sectors

2) Scoping the Research Landscape

The project should be completed by the end of October 2015. Tender submissions will be evaluated on a combination of Price (40%) and Quality of Response (60%).

Please submit any clarification questions to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Follow the link for more information on this opportunity.

   

Registration for DPC Members Networking Event 'Connecting the Bits' closes 19th June 2015

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Created on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:20

DPC Members Networking Event 'Connecting the Bits' registration will close soon.

Please note, registration for this event will close at 5pm on 19th June 2015

The event will take place on 30/06/2015 from 10:00 16:30 at Grays Court, York.

More information on the event can be found here: http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/94-connecting-the-bits-2015

To register for this event, follow the link: http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/94-connecting-the-bits-2015


   

The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes its 50th member Loughborough University, the latest associate member, June 2015

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Created on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 13:34

The DPC is delighted to welcome Loughborough University as its latest associate member. This new membership is also something of a milestone; Loughborough University is now the 50th member of the ever-growing Coalition.

Loughborough University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research with strong links in business and industry. It has particular strengths in information management and information policy, exploring all the technical, legal and ethical aspects of data creation, use and dissemination. 

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) said ‘I am delighted to welcome Loughborough University as our 50th member which is an important landmark in our development and a great opportunity to celebrate our shared endeavour. Loughborough has a large volume of digital educational resources and it is wonderful to see institutions with such expertise recognising the need to collaborate on digital preservation.’

Loughborough University understands the crucial role of digital preservation and has recognised that gathering, interpreting, presenting and managing information to increase resilience and to aid decision making at times when actions must be taken rapidly. Adrienne Muir, Senior Lecturer in Publishing within the School of the Arts, English and Drama explained why Loughborough decided to join the DPC; ‘Various groups across the institution are involved in collecting, creating, managing and providing access to digital research. These resources are for the benefit of staff and students of our institution, but there is also a desire in some cases to make digital resources more widely available. There is a need to address digital curation and preservation issues in our taught programmes, particularly in publishing and the arts. Our graduates must also have the knowledge and skills to work in a digital environment and this is increasingly reflected in our academic programmes and research training.’

‘DPC has reached a significant milestone in recruiting its 50th member, a really impressive achievement,’ noted Richard Ovenden, recently elected President of the DPC. ‘Digital preservation remains one of the major challenges of our generation. It is encouraging to hear of another important institution joining this shared effort to ensure our digital memory is accessible tomorrow’.

For more information, follow the links:

Loughborough University

Loughborough’s research into Secure and Resilient Societies 

Benefits of joining the DPC 

   

Vacancy at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Library

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Head of Digital Scholarship and Innovation
Location: London
Salary: £50,409 - £58,368 (potential to progress to £64,679)
Position Type: Full Time
Closing Date: Tuesday 23 June 2015 23:59

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Library are looking to recruit a new Head of Digital Scholarship & Innovation.

The role of Digital Scholarship and Innovation is to increase the Library’s knowledge and understanding of users and with them, to explore new ways in which the Library can support their research, learning and teaching. The Head of Digital Scholarship & Innovation will provide strategic leadership for the Library on developments in digital libraries, digital scholarship and communication, user experience design and service innovation.

LSE are in the process of embarking on a new strategy to secure the next stage of the Library’s development within the digital world. The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level with an appropriate professional qualification, have previous experience at managing teams in research and development for new initiatives, be able to provide cross-Library project leadership with a commitment to high quality, user-focused services. They will have substantial knowledge and experience of the issues and developments associated with the delivery of modern information services in support of research and education, be an excellent communicator with the ability to build teams and develop collaborative partnerships to achieve common goals. They must also be able to use research and data to design services and monitor their continued value. A commitment to high quality, user-focused services is essential for this role.

Founded in 1895, 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.

For more information, view the advert

   

New member consultation on PDF/A validation tools

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Created on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 08:56

The veraPDF Consortium is developing a new toolset for addressing preservation issues with PDF/A files and is consulting members to ensure the tools meet their needs.

As part of the EC and PREFORMA Project funded veraPDF consortium, tools will be developed to validate PDF/A files and enable the checking of any PDF/A against an institutional policy. The tools will both help to improve the quality of PDF/As in wider circulation while also enabling organisations to identify problematic PDF/As within their archives. Full details can be found in the attached overview.

veraPDF has already developed a design based on detailed requirements, gathered primarily from OPF members. It is now seeking further feedback from both OPF and DPC members in order to validate and fine tune this design. In particular, we would like to understand:

  • What issues members would like to identify in their PDF/As, in other words what are their policy requirements for PDF/As
  • How members would like to implement and use the veraPDF tools, and capture this understanding in short use cases

We are also very interested in engaging with members who would like to test working versions of the veraPDF tools as they become available, and provide feedback that will help hone these products as valuable preservation tools. Support will be available to assist with implementation and testing, and in particular understanding, capturing and expressing institutional requirements as profiles for use in the tools.

We welcome direct feedback by email and are keen to engage with members in short follow up interviews. If you would like to contribute your organisation’s requirements, please contact paul.wheatley at dpconline.org

Follow up interviews will ideally be conducted in the last 2 weeks of June.

More information can be found here:

http://openpreservation.org/about/projects/verapdf/

   

Making Progress in Digital Preservation, Liverpool 10th July: Registration Open

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Registration is now open for 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation, Liverpool 10th July:

http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/92-making-progress-in-digital-preservation?xref=120%3Aliverpool

Digital preservation - representing all the activities necessary to ensure that digital objects and data can be found, accessed and deployed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence, media failure or creator dependency - is a growing challenge for agencies and individuals in all kinds of contexts.  Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. Digital collections have grown in volume, complexity and importance to the point that our children are baffled by the inefficiencies of the analogue age. Pervasive, fluid and vital: digital data is a defining feature of our age. Industry, commerce, government, law, research, health, social care, education, the creative industries, the heritage sector and private life depend on digital materials to satisfy ubiquitous information needs and expectations. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss, corruption or obsolescence, not to mention unlawful alteration or theft.  Collection managers, IT officers, academic researchers, broadcasters, developers and industrial regulators need to ensure that the digital collections which they use and depend upon are accessible for the long-term: but training in these new skills can be hard to acquire.

For several years now the DPC and partners have offered an introductory one day workshop called 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' which is designed to outline approaches and tools which will help organisations assess their digital preservation needs and plan their response.  This has proven popular but we recognise the very great need to follow on with something which takes organisations forward in the response: from assessment into action.  This new workshop 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation' is designed to meet that need.  Responding to the greater subtlety required when implementing policies and plans, this workshop will examine three key areas of organisational needs: policy, resources and technology.  By the end of the workshop - which will include time for networking and sharing - participants will be equipped with practical  targets for implementing digital preservation, as well as guidance and tools to make those targets achievable.

Who should come?

  • Collections managers, records managers, librarians and archivists in all institutions, but especially in commercial agencies
  • IT managers and chief technology officers, chief information officers in institutions or agencies with a need for long-lived data
  • Staff looking to gather or exploit 'big data' for corporate goals
  • Students and researchers in information science and related fields
  • Researchers with interests in research data management

   

Priority Registration opens for 'Preserving Documents Forever' Oxford 15th July

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The Digital Preservation Coalition and the Open Preservation Foundation, with generous support from the European Commission and the PREFORMA project, cordially invite members to a briefing day on preserving PDF files at Oxford University on Wednesday 15th July 2015.

PDF is a ubiquitous format for publishing and sharing digital documents. It provides a useful tool for dissemination and because it is designed to ensure that the look and feel of documents does not change from one environment to the next it seems like a promising basis for the preservation of documents.  But it also introduces a variety of preservation challenges for those working to preserve digital information for the long term. For example there are numerous tools to help create PDFs means many of which introduce their own subtle variations to the standard.  Browsers have become increasingly tolerant of these eccentricities. That helps users in the short term but makes validation harder in the long run.  How are organisations beginning to address these and other issues? What makes a PDF a PDF and how can repository managers tell the difference? And what can we do as a community to solve the PDF preservation problem? These are just some of the questions this briefing day will seek to answer.

This briefing day will include an introduction to a new initiative that aims to tackle the complexities of PDF Preservation head on. The VeraPDF Consortium has been funded by the Preforma Project to develop a comprehensive PDF/A validation tool and policy checker.  This will ultimately provide a definitive take on PDF/A compliance whilst also acting as a method of identifying PDF characteristics that pose a risk to long term preservation. Participants at the briefing day will have a chance to find out what VeraPDF plans to deliver. More importantly they will also have an opportunity to contribute to its design.

The full programme is yet to be finalised but speakers will include Betsy Fanning, author of the DPC’s forthcoming 2nd edition Technology Watch Report ‘Preserving with PDF/a’,  Johan van der Knijff from the National Library of the Netherlands, Carl Wilson from the Open Preservation Foundation and Ange Albertini from Google.

Priority registration is available for DPC and OPF members until the 1st July, at which point non-members will be able to register for remaining places.

Who should come?

This briefing day will interest:

  • Collections managers, librarians, curators, archivists in memory institutions
  • Repository managers in higher education and research institutions
  • CIOs and CTOs in organisations with commercial intellectual property
  • Records managers and business analysts with requirements for long-lived data or legacy systems
  • Vendors and developers with digital preservation and EDRMS solutions
  • Researchers with interests e-infrastructure and digital preservation
  • Developers with expertise in PDF and related document formats

How to register?

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance.  Registration will close before the event and early booking is recommended as we expect these events will be popular.   This event is sponsored by the VeraPDF project so is free to attend however DPC and OPF members will have priority access to registration. To register see: 

http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/95-preserving-pdfs-jul15?xref=124%3Apreservingpdfs-oxford

   

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