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Vacancy for Digital Development Officer at The National Archives

18 August 2017

Kew, Richmond upon Thames, London.

£26,075

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New 'Preservation with PDF/A’ Technology Watch Report released to DPC members

Added on 31 July 2017

PreservingPDF CoverThe Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and Charles Beagrie Ltd are pleased to provide DPC members with a preview of the latest in the series of Technology Watch Reports. Preservation with PDF/A by Betsy A. Fanning (AIIM) provides a comprehensive review of the standard and its use, in order to help readers best ensure the integrity of their digital information. The member preview provides an opportunity for readers from member organisations to provide peer feedback and commentary. Please direct any comments to info [at] dpconline [dot] org before public release in the next month.

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Information Scientist Herbert Van de Sompel to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

Added on 27 July 2017

HVDS captionThe Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE are pleased to announce that Herbert Van de Sompel, research scientist at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

Nominated by over a dozen highly respected members of the information science community, Van de Sompel is widely recognized as having created robust, scalable infrastructures that have had a profound and lasting impact on scholarly communication. Adept at applying theory to practice, nominating colleagues noted that the application of some of his groundbreaking work has become an integral part of the core technology infrastructure for thousands of libraries worldwide, helping to connect information across the Internet, and constantly working to further his dream of “a scholarly communication system that fully embraces the Web.”

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DANS joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 20 July 2017

Data Archiving and Network Service (DANS) has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) this week, becoming its newest Associate member.

Underpinning and continuously improving its services through research on sustainable access to digital research resources, DANS was a member of the 4C Project (Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation) and was part of the team which developed the Curation Costs Exchange (CCEx). Launched in 2014, the CCEx is a community owned platform which helps organisations of any kind assess the costs of curation practices through comparison and analysis. Allowing the CCEx aims to provide real information about costs to help make more informed investments in digital curation. 

“DANS is a wonderful, world-leading organisation, well known to many in the digital preservation community.  Their list of achievements and history of innovation is daunting, but even more important has been the openness and generosity which characterizes their approach. They have been at the forefront of some very important initiatives over the years, like the Data Seal of Approval, the Research Data Alliance and the 4C Project,” says Executive Director of the DPC William Kilbride. “DANS was a key partner in the development of the Curation Costs Exchange, work which we will sustain and progress as we continue to collaborate on our shared challenge of digital preservation.”

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Vacancy for Disc Imaging Technician, Digital Preservation at the British Library

3 August 2017

Boston Spa, West Yorkshire

£19,500 per annum

Full-Time

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Vacancy for IT Infrastructure Manager at National Library of Scotland

14 August 2017

Edinburgh

£39,547 per annum (pay award pending)

Full-Time

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Durham University Joins the DPC

Added on 14 July 2017

The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes Durham University as its latest Associate Member this week.

While the University looks after parchment, paper and other physical documents going back centuries, digital material presents new challenges for both storage and retrieval. A new Digital Repository will provide capacity for the storage, preservation and dissemination of digital material of all kinds; including open access research publications, research data, theses, digitised versions of items from archives, rare books, museum and art collections, and the archives of the University. The repository is crucial to the University’s dissemination of research outputs, compliance with research funding requirements, and managed access to digital resources of all kinds, for research, education, administration, external engagement and communication.

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Consultancy opportunity for Digital Preservation Expert with UNICEF, New York

18 July 2017

Headquarters Locations: United States of America

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Call For Papers: Workshop "After the Digital Revolution", Manchester, 14-15 September 2017

Added on 13 July 2017

How can we improve the preservation and access to born-digital records in literary and publishers’ archives?

“there lie in his hoards many records that few now can read, even of the lore-masters, for their scripts and tongues have become dark to later men.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

While we still have letters, manuscripts and other physical documents from the past centuries, we are in danger of losing digital documents created in the last decade. Literary scholars rely on the traces left by writers – from correspondence to drafts – which now take the form of born-digital records. Publishing historians also need access to the records left by publishing companies. Emails and other digital forms of communication have largely replaced letters and memos, and yet, safeguarding digital archives remains an enduring challenge for archivists. Electronic records risk becoming unreadable due to rapidly changing formats and technologies. Even when digital archives are actively preserved, they are often closed to researchers due to data protection and other issues. To paraphrase Tolkien, the scripts and tongues of our digital age risk becoming dark to later men.

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