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Vacancy for a Lecturer post the University of Sheffield, Faculty of Social Sciences, Information School

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Location: Sheffield
Position Type: Full-time
Salary: £38,896 to £46,414 per annum, with potential to progress to £52,219
Job Reference: UOS012726
Closing Date: 18 February 2016

The Information School at the University of Sheffield is recognised nationally and internationally for its world-class research, excellence in teaching, and the achievements of its graduates. It is the leader in its field in the UK, achieving top-ranking positions for research environment and research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and ranked top in all previous national Research Assessment Exercises. It is a member of the international iSchools organisation, a group of leading cognate schools established to promote the role of the information field in shaping the future of the global information society.

There is a vacancy for a Lecturer within the Faculty of Social Sciences, Information School.

For more information and to apply for this position, visit the website: http://bit.ly/1PXsUHC

   

DPC Offers Scholarships to Members for DPTP - The Practice of Digital Preservation, 14-16 March 2016, London

Created on Friday, 05 February 2016 10:00

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two scholarships to attend the upcoming March 2016 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 twenty-first 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 six 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.

   

Recording now available for the DPC ‘Filling the Digital Preservation Gap’ Webinar with Jenny Mitcham and Simon Wilson

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The recording from our DPC 'Tech Bytes' webinar session ‘Filling the Digital Preservation Gap’ with Jenny Mitcham of the University of York and Simon Wilson from the University of Hull is now available online to DPC members.

View the webinar here: (Log-in required )
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‘Preserving Social Media’: Member preview of new DPC Technology Watch Report

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The DPC, UK Data Service and Charles Beagrie Ltd are delighted to offer members a preview of the latest DPC Technology Watch Report ‘Preserving Social Media’ by Sara Day Thomson, of the Digital Preservation Coalition. This report provides guidance for researchers wanting to access social media for research purposes, the institutions who support them, and all organisations with a need to preserve social media data. The report describes the landscape of archiving social media, including the attendant legal and ethical obstacles to long-term access.

This newest addition to the popular Technology Watch Series was commissioned by the UK Data Service with sponsorship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of their Big Data Network Support initiative https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/about-us/our-rd/big-data-network-support

‘The current ownership framework around social media data is very restrictive—mostly because of platform terms of service and developer agreements as well as the exclusive access of commercial data resellers,’ explains author Sara Day Thomson. ‘However, a number of strategies and case studies provide useful and legal avenues for ensuring long-term access to this valuable content.’

The report lays out a number of approaches to the preservation of social media data—a valuable resource currently at relatively high risk of disappearance if not actively addressed. For both small and large scale needs, this report applies methods to curate and archive user-generated content captured through platforms APIs. Many of these methods derive from the work of a handful of organisations at the forefront of this new field. Though the report addresses a number of significant challenges, it focuses on new developments and growing motivation across disciples to ensure that future generations have access to social media created today. 

Neil Beagrie, editor of the Technology Watch Report series on behalf of the DPC, added ‘The preservation of social media has a wide appeal and this report is likely to be of interest not only to DPC members, but many organisations throughout the digital preservation community who face the challenge of keeping user generated content through social media accessible in the future’.

The report is currently available as a preview to DPC members and project partners.  It will be released to the public on 15th February.

DPC members can access the report here: 'Preserving Social Media' (login required)

Partners within the ESRC’s Big Data Network who are not DPC members can access the report by request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   

Preserving Transactional Data Briefing Day 17 March - registration now open to DPC members and UK Big Data Network centres

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DPC and the UK Data Service are pleased to announce that registration is now open to members for Preserving Transactional Data: a Briefing Day. The one-day event will take place in London on 17 March, hosted by DPC with a range of speakers to discuss the issues facing long-term access to data collected routinely by government and other organisations.

Registration is limited to members for two weeks, opening to the public on Friday 12 February.
For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1Qx0ibn 

Preserving Transactional Data: a Briefing Day

A Joint Workshop with the Digital Preservation Coalition and the UK Data Service
17 March 2016, 09.30 to 16.00 
Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, London 

Free for DPC members and ESRC Big Data Network centres

The DPC and UK Data Service invite you to join our Briefing Day on Preserving Transactional Data—data that result from single, logical interactions with a database. From energy usage to student enrolment, routinely collected data present a valuable resource for research and analysis. The Briefing Day will bring together practitioners who work with transactional data across multiple sectors, including data science, archives, libraries, and academic research. The Briefing Day will also introduce the Technology Watch Report developed through a 15-month study in support of the ESRC's 'Big Data Network' programme. The Briefing Day and report provide an overview of maintaining transactional data for long-term access and the accompanying challenges posed by forms of big data.

Transactional data, whether created by interactions between government database systems and citizens or by automatic sensors or machines, hold potential for future developments in academic research and consumer analytics. Reliable transactional data has the power to improve services and investments by organisations in many different sectors. For some forms of data, value accumulates over time, creating the conditions for longitudinal analysis; and conditions for relatively short lived data to offer reproducible results. To release their true value, such data sets need to be effectively curated and preserved.

The Briefing Day will feature a range of case studies to represent management and preservation strategies based on end user needs and regulatory frameworks. The evolving technologies and systems that generate transactional data introduce new questions about how to approach digital preservation. The speakers at this Briefing Day will address emerging trends in the development of new approaches to preserving digital objects as more than 'just data'.


Topics will include:

  • definition and characteristics of transactional data as ‘big data’
  • legal and ethical challenges to preserving data captured for purposes other than research
  • methods for capture and curation of transactional data
  • defining the technical difficulties posed by transactional data
  • developing solutions for database management and preservation
  • restrictions to sharing and merging transactional data
  • de-identification and problems of access to transactional data
  • case studies of capture and preservation of transactional data
  • archiving to meet the needs of researchers
  • documentation of transactional data
  • collaboration for best practice and more equal access

How to register?

Registration is currently open to members only . General Registration will open Friday 12 February 2016 Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close one week before the event and early booking is recommended as we expect this event will be popular. There are [eventplacesleft] places currently available and [waitinglistplacesleft] spaces on the waiting list. The event is free for DPC members and ESRC Big Data Network centres. The event fee is £250 for all other attendees.

The attendance fee can be paid by cash or cheque (Payable to 'Digital Preservation Coalition') on the day or in advance. If you register for a place and cancel within 7 days or don't come on the day, you will be charged a non-attendance fee of £250. We will issue receipts for all payments received.

   

Help The National Archives develop services for academics and researchers

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The National Archives are running an online survey to find out more about the needs of academics and researchers, the ways in which they might work more closely with the academic and scholarly communities, and to help inform the development of services.

If you are an academic, early career researcher, postgraduate student or independent researcher, The National Archives would like to hear from you. The survey takes around 10-15 minutes to complete and will cover, amongst other things:

•             Key changes and challenges in the research and academic landscapes in the next five years
•             Ways in which The National Archives might support and work more closely with academics, research students, research bodies, and the scholarly community
•             Identification of perceptions of The National Archives and its role 

This project is part of a wider commitment to advancing knowledge through academic liaison and interdisciplinary research, as set out in their four-year business plan, Archives Inspire 2015-19.

DJS Research, a market research company, has created the survey and will be analysing the results. As an independent market research company, abiding by the Market Research Society Code of Conduct, DJS Research ensures all data and personal details collected remain protected, confidential and unattributed.

The survey will be available until 12 February 2016, please follow the link to participate: http://bit.ly/1NU6upl

   

Webinar 17th Feb: PERICLES Sheer Curation Tools

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The DPC is delighted to invite members to join a webinar on Wednesday 17th February 1400-1500 with the PERICLES project.

PERICLES is a 4-year EU-funded RTD project (Feb 2013 – Jan 2017). This webinar will briefly outline the key concepts that are guiding the PERICLES research and development and introduce you to notions of “digital ecosystem”, “model-driven approach”, “scenario-based testbeds” and “sheer curation”. The overarching aim of PERICLES is to propose a novel approach on how to manage change in digital environments, taking it beyond the challenges of technological obsolescence, with the aim of ensuring long-term availability of digital information. The project outcome will be a testbed demonstration of the overall approach, which by its very nature does not aspire to constitute a system in itself, but describes means and deploys tools that support change management in digital environments. Most of the tools and their integration into a testbed are still work in progress. Two tools that the project developed first, the PET and the PeriCAT, were needed early on for substantiating and informing other more complex components of the project. However, they are also effective as stand-alone tools, applicable both for preservation and other purposes.

The PET tool is a framework for extracting useful information from the environment where digital objects are created and modified. The extracted information supports object use and reuse.The PeriCAT tool is a framework of Information Encapsulation techniques, which can be used to aggregate information, such as those extracted by PET. It supports the user in the selection of the best encapsulation approach based on the scenario under consideration. By the end of the session, participants will have:

  • a clear impression of the PERICLES project research
  • a basic understanding of the use of the tools and their use cases
  • knowledge about the relevant documentation

Interested? Here's what to to next:

  • The webinar will use the DPC's Webex platform
  • Registration is not necessary for DPC members, but if you want to reserve a place, email
  • To join by PC, the webinar open this link at 1355 on Feb 17th
  • To join by phone, dial +44 (0)203 478 5289 and give the meeting number 236 975 395
  • The webinar will be recorded and available to DPC members afterwards

   

The National Archives wants to hear from you...

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The UK National Archives are running an online survey to find out more about the needs of academics and researchers and the ways in which they might work more closely with the academic and scholarly communities, and to help inform the development of their services.If you are an academic, early career researcher, postgraduate student or independent researcher, they would like to hear from you. The survey takes around 10-15 minutes to complete and will cover, amongst other things:

  • key changes and challenges in the research and academic landscapes in the next five years
  • ways in which The National Archives might support and work more closely with academics, research students, research bodies, and the scholarly community
  • perceptions of The National Archives and its role

This project is part of a wider commitment to advancing knowledge through academic liaison and interdisciplinary research, as set out in their four-year business plan, Archives Inspire 2015-19. For more information and to participate in the survey see:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/help-us-develop-services-for-academics-and-researchers/

   

Vancancies at Sheffield University: Lecturers and Senior-Lecturer/Reader

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Lecturers and Senior Lecturer/Reader (3 Posts)
Location: Sheffield
Salary: £38,896 to £46,414 per annum, with potential to progress to £52,219 OR £49,230 to £55,389 per annum, with potential to progress to £64,188
Contract Type: Permanent / Full Time
Closing Date: 18th Feb 2016

The Information School at the University of Sheffield is recognised nationally and internationally for its world-class research, excellence in teaching, and the achievements of its graduates. It is the leader in its field in the UK, achieving top-ranking positions for research environment and research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and ranked top in all previous national Research Assessment Exercises. It is a member of the international iSchools organisation, a group of leading cognate schools established to promote the role of the information field in shaping the future of the global information society.

We are currently investing in three strategic appointments in the following areas:

  • Informatics/ information management for health and well-being (including the use of digital information to support the delivery of health care; development and use of innovative methods to analyse health/medical data; evaluation of digital health/medical systems; use of digital media by health organisations, communities and patients/carers).
  • Information management and organisational intelligence (including business intelligence, business analytics and enterprise information management; the decision making context of information management/data science in a variety of organisational and business contexts).
  • Strategic management and information strategy (including strategic planning of information services; service quality management; change management and the strategic use of information within organisations and digital spaces in various organisational contexts).
  • Information systems in organisations (including IS strategic thinking, IS design and development, IS risk management and security and IS change management).

You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field, a well-established or developing research profile, proven teaching ability, a strong commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, and will make a key contribution to advancing the School’s competitive position.

We welcome applications from ambitious, highly motivated and talented individuals with research expertise that will complement and strengthen our existing research profile, and who will be keen to play an active role in enhancing the School’s national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence and innovation.

For more information see:

   

Digital Preservation Meets Big Data, Cambridge 14-15th March

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The University of Cambridge’s Big Data Strategic Research Initiative are pleased to announce a multidisciplinary conference on long term data preservation, to be held at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge on 14-15 March 2016.

As the worldwide volume of digital data undergoes exponential growth, Big Data technology allows unexpected value to be derived from existing and new datasets, and increasingly huge datasets to be recorded across all areas of academic research. As data volumes grow, and electronic storage deteriorates, the recoverability of this data is dependent upon curation of electronic archives and replacement of storage media, along with the ability to discover and access the data stored using technologies that may soon be obsolete. Decisions will need to be made about which data is kept, how it is stored, and how it can be accessed, in order that the scientific and human record from the current digital age is appropriately preserved for the future.

This two-day conference will address perspectives from across disciplines on long term data preservation and access, including technology, policy and historical perspectives on data as our human record. This conference is organised by Cambridge Big Data in partnership with the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network and the University Library, which celebrates its 600th anniversary in 2016. We acknowledge the kind support of EPSRC and Cambridge University Press in hosting this event.

Registration is now open for the conference – for full details on the programme please visit www.bigdata.cam.ac.uk/events/cambridge-events/our-digital-future-2016/programme/.

   

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