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Vacancy at the British Museum: Analyst Programmer (Support)

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Analyst Programme (Support)
Location: London
Salary: £31,365 – £36,722
Position Type: Full Time, Permanent
Closing Date: Monday 15th May 1200

The British Museum’s Information Services department are hiring a new Analyst Programmer- Support to provide support for existing applications and interfaces, improve the development environment to reduce support requests, to analyse requirements and develop new application software, in collaboration with colleagues inside and outside IS. This is an excellent opportunity to leverage your experience to support world-class researchers and the operations of the 2nd most visited Museum on the planet.

This is an exciting time to join the development team of Information Services. While the initial primary focus of the role will be to provide 2nd and 3rd line support for existing legacy systems, the technology landscape of the museum will be radically changing in the next 12-36 months to deliver innovative strategic aims and this role will be part of the team implementing new systems and technologies. The aims which technology is expected to enable include an emphasis on mobile (both for staff and visitors), flexible working, data-centric decision-making requiring a consolidation of systems and data, CRM and a new website including new ways of integrating changing data and tracking visitors.

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent and be experienced in writing or supporting applications and object-oriented design and programming. The successful candidate must also have experience of database and application design, in support of user requirements and also have had worked within a formal project environment. You will also have good written and oral skills and be able to capture and accurately reflect user requirements, and to produce good-quality documentation. A measure of rigor, when testing and developing information models, is also required.

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6.5 million visitors in 2014, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

   

Vacancy at Imperial College London: Research Data Support Manager

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Research Data Support Manager
Location: London
Salary: 43530-52630GBP
Position Type: Full time, Fixed term (two years)
Closing Date: Midnight 26th May 2015

Imperial College London is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced individual to establish, promote, and manage a service incorporating all aspects of research data management including organisation, description, preservation, and discoverability of College research data. Under the direction of the Team Leader Education and Research Support, and in close cooperation with the Scholarly Communications Officer in the Research Office, the Research Data Support Manager is responsible for shaping and developing the service and engaging proactively with Imperial’s community of researchers in provision of training, guidance, and awareness support.

The post-holder will work closely with other Library teams and in partnership with College stakeholders, including the Research Office and ICT, to ensure a cohesive and researcher-centric service is provided. This is a 2 year fixed term post in the first instance. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Ruth Harrison, Team Leader Education and Research Support ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 020 7594 7245) for an informal discussion about the post. Interviews for the post are anticipated to take place in mid-June.

For further details and to apply for the post, please go to http://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants (Job Reference Number: SS 2015 097 GW).

   

Beaford Archive seeks consultant to assist with Digital Preservation and Management Plan

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The Beaford Archive seeks a consultant to help draft a Digital Preservation and Management Plan for a major new heritage project.  The plan should align to the Open Archival Information System reference model and reflect current research and good practice in the area of digital preservation from organisations such as The Digital Preservation Coalition, The National Archives and The British Library.

   

DPC Offers Scholarships for DPTP - An Introduction to Digital Preservation

Created on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 13:35

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two scholarships to attend the upcoming June 2015 instance of ULCC’s DPTP – An Introduction to Digital Preservation course at Senate House, University of London, London.

An Introduction to Digital Preservation is an entry-level course aimed at complete beginners who wish to learn more about the field. The course is ideal for starters in all disciplines who want to know more about digital preservation. The course is a starting point. It passes on awareness of subjects that need to be investigated in more depth, so those attending can expect a good deal of further reading afterwards and practical follow-up training / experience on their own behalf. The complements the regular Digital Preservation Coalition Event "Getting Started in Digital Preservation", and has been devised in full co-operation with the DPC.

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: An Introduction of Digital Preservation costs £570 per person (including VAT). However, the Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two full scholarships which meet the costs of the course. 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 seventeenth time the DPC has offered scholarships to attend DPTP courses. Successful applicants will be asked to help promote the course and the work of the coalition. The DPC has supported a total of eighty 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. Applications close at 12:00 on 18th May.

   

Vacancy at Liverpool John Moores University: Digital Innovations Project Officer

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Digital Innovations Project Officer
Location:     Liverpool
Salary:     £25,513 to £30,433
Position Type:     Permanent, Full Time
Closing Date:     19th May 2015

Liverpool John Moores University is appointing a Digital Innovations Project Officer to provide specialist project support on behalf of Library Services in its ongoing programme to develop and enhance digital library services to support learning, teaching and research. You will have experience of digital projects in libraries and/or archives in the HE sector, with a focus on innovation. Additionally you will demonstrate an ability to foster excellent working relationships with colleagues internally and externally, liaise with stakeholders and demonstrate a commitment to innovation and change.

   

Vacancy at British Library - Technical Analyst (Digital Preservation)

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Technical Analyst (Digital Preservation)

Position Type: Full-time, Permanent
Location: British Library, Boston Spa, UK
Salary: £28,450-£33,041
Closing Date: 31st May 2015

The British Library is one of the World's greatest research libraries, committed to providing researchers with access to reliable digital content now and into the future. Our digital collection is one of the most exciting and heterogeneous in the world, containing everything from digitised books and newspapers to born digital maps, eBooks and sound.

This is a great new role within the digital preservation team to help contribute to the preservation of our digital library content. As a technical analyst, you will help investigate digital preservation challenges faced by the library, using your analytical expertise and research skills to understand and explain the problems and solutions. Liaising with other Library colleagues, you will utilise your understanding of digital preservation challenges and solutions to contribute to the development and improvement of preservation processes and standards across the library.

Possessing excellent research and analytical skills, you will be confident in applying your technical expertise to investigating relevant challenges, relating both practical and theoretical results to derive potential risks and mitigation strategies. You will have good knowledge and experience of managing digital content, and be able to demonstrate excellent team-working and communication skills, being able to convey your interest in the long term preservation of our digital heritage collections.

For further information and to apply, please visit www.bl.uk/careers quoting vacancy ref: COL00119

   

New project on PDF files

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DPC is delighted to announce that it is a partner to a newly-funded project that will ultimately help develop tools to assess and validate PDF files.

Led by the Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association, the 'veraPDF' project brings together an end user community and a software industry rooted in the principle of interoperability based on ISO standardized technology. The consortium will generate authoritative corpora of test files and execute the development of a purpose built implementation checker, associated policy checker optimized for the use of digital preservationists, and metadata fixer software.The veraPDF consortium’s end product will be definitive conformance checking software for all parts and conformance levels of PDF/A under a permissive open source license together with a substantial and enthusiastic community supporting and extending the model.

The consortium consists of: Open Preservation Foundation, PDF Association, Dual Lab, Digital Preservation Coalition and KEEP Solutions.  It is funded by the European Commission through the 7th Framework Programme via the PREFORMA initiative. For more information see: http://openpreservation.org/news/preforma-starts-prototyping-phase/

   

DPC Offers Scholarships for DPTP - Web Archiving 101

Created on Friday, 10 April 2015 13:00

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two scholarships to attend the upcoming May 2015 instance of ULCC’s new DPTP – Web Archiving 101 course at Senate House, University of London, London.

This course is one day long and is aimed at anyone who has a specific interest in capturing , selecting and using web content for any kind of research and who also need to ensure that web content can persist and endure in an accessible and useable preservation environment.

The course will teach the basics of web archiving. It explores who is doing web archiving currently, why it can be useful, who uses web archives and why. It explains the selection process for content, records management and business needs, available tools and outsourcing as an option. It will also cover legal aspects of web archiving and the issues around the archiving of social media.

Full details of the modules and learning outcomes can be found here: http://dptp.org/courses/web-archiving-101-course-2/

DPTP courses are operated and organised by the University of London Computer Centre and are supported by the Digital Preservation Coalition which originally helped to establish the course in 2005. There is more detail about the courses available is online at http://www.dptp.org/

See the attached announcement giving details of this programme or visit the ULCC/ DPTP website for details of the course. Scholarships will cover the full course fees of  £240 but not travel costs. Please use the scholarship application form when applying for this grant. Applications close at 12:00 on 24th April.

   

Registration Now Open for 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' at PRONI, Belfast, 1st May 2015

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to invite you to join us for a workshop at PRONI, Belfast on 1st May 2015 which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Getting started in Digital Preservation.’

Registration is now open for this day long introduction which assumes no prior knowledge except a willingness to engage with digital preservation.  Through a series of presentations, case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to apply techniques of assessment, risk management and planning to help secure their digital collections.

Presentations and exercises will help participants:

  • Understand the range of issues associated with digital preservation
  • Survey and characterize a digital collection
  • Undertake preliminary risk assessment to manage their own digital collections
  • Understand preservation planning and write a basic preservation plan
  • Meet and network with others locally working in digital preservation

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance.  Registration is open until 24th April 2015 at 1700.

Registration is free for DPC members and costs £30 per person for non-members in attendance and should be paid by cash or cheque on the day or in advance.

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

There are also a small number of places still available for our London edition of the Getting Started roadshow on 23rd April 2015. Registration for this date is also available via the website.

Looking for an intermediate approach to Digital Preservation...? Details of our 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation' Roadshows are coming soon.

   

Vacancy at Trinity College Dublin - Metadata Cataloguer

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Metadata Cataloguer

Position Type: Full-time, Temporary (till 9th April 2017)
Location: Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Salary: This appointment will be made on the Assistant Librarian scale at a point in line with current pay policy
Closing Date: 12 Noon on 17th April 2015

Applications are invited for the post of Metadata Cataloguer - Digital Resources & Imaging Services (DRIS) at the Trinity College Library Dublin. The person appointed will join the Digital Resources & Imaging Services team and be responsible for all activities relating to the creation of metadata for the output of DRIS (original and complex copy) and its input into all associated repositories (internal and external) with a primary focus on the Trinity College Library Digital Collections Repository (http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie). Metadata creation will occur to a variety of standards including but not limited to Dublin Core and MOD. The candidate will support the introduction of additional standards and best practices as defined by internal and external collaborative projects, international best practices, and departmental requirements.

Candidates should have a postgraduate qualification in Librarianship or Information Studies or Archival Studies and expertise in international standards for bibliographic description and authority control. He/she will have an excellent knowledge of such topics as digital metadata schema, metadata interoperability and the emerging RDA standard. This person will be comfortable initiating independent research to create original and complex copy metadata, and for the verification of copyright status when necessary. The post will be a full-time temporary appointment until 9th April 2017.

For more information see:https://jobs.tcd.ie

   

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