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Digital Archivist Vacancy at Lancaster University

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Digital Archivist

Library, Lancaster University
Salary:   £32,277 to £37,394
Closing Date:   Thursday 15 January 2015
Interview Date:   Tuesday 03 February 2015
Reference:  A1116

http://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A1116

You will be responsible for developing services, systems and procedures to support the long-term preservation of research data and other digital assets of the University. With good technical knowledge and skills in these areas, you will contribute to a fast-paced and responsive team. You will have the aptitude and skills to develop relevant systems and services and innovate in a rapidly evolving environment. We are looking for potential as much as for existing competence, and we expect that the post holder may develop the post in distinctive ways that suit their areas of interest and expertise, together with assisting in the delivery of the University and Library’s strategic plan.

For further information and informal discussion of the role, please contact Masud Khokhar, Head of Digital Innovation This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it +44(0)1524 594236

Applications from people in all diversity groups are welcome.

   

Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives - Slides now available

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Thank you to all who attended the ‘Current Trends and Future Directions for Digital Imaging in Libraries and Archives’ conference with the Wellcome Trust on Monday 10th November and for making it such a success! We are pleased to announce that slides from the event are now available, and can be found on the events page of the DPC website.


   

PrestoCentre Preservathon: Paris, 3rd and 4th December - Registration now open

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PrestoCentre Preservathon: Select the best technology partners and service providers for your future MAM system

PrestoCentre Preservathons are two-day hands-on events developed around main themes and challenges in audiovisual digitisation, preservation and long-term access. During the first day, attendees will work together in small groups. Activities include workshops, roleplaying, demonstrations, presentations, writing and negotiation exercises (e.g. call for tender, SLA). Each Preservathon includes a competitive element. The second day is organised as a mini-conference including concise presentations and demonstrations of the results and experiences from the first day, a ceremony to award the winning group, and a short but informative review on the subject, including the state of relevant technology, related research, and open questions.

Find out more and register.

   

The DPC will enable ‘closer and more productive collaboration within and beyond the Coalition.’

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As part of its new Strategic Plan for 2015 – 2018 released on Monday 17th November, the DPC will facilitate closer and more productive collaboration within and beyond the Coalition.

DPC Business Manager, Carol Jackson explains that “this requires good governance, transparency and trustworthiness on behalf of the DPC, as well as a commitment to openness, respect and mutuality from members.”

The DPC will develop, foster and maintain partnerships so that all agencies involved in providing or enabling long-term access to digital resources can flourish and benefit from an effective and productive relationship with the DPC.

The Coalition encourages coherence, maximises impact, and welcomes new contributions to the field of digital preservation, and will continue to monitor and maintain its relevance and effectiveness.

By realising its goals, the intention of the Strategic Plan is to sustain the Coalition’s vision to ‘make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.’

For more information about joining the DPC, visit the member page of the website and download the abridged version of the new Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018.

   

Vacancy at University College London: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Information Governance

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Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Information Governance
Job Type: Full time, Permanent
Salary: Grade 8: £41,430 - £48,873 per annum; Grade 9: £53,119 - £57,760 per annum
Location: London, UK
Closing Date: 16th December 2014

Please note and draw to the attention of anyone who might be interested that there is a vacancy in the Department of Information Studies at University College London for a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in the field of Information Governance. This post which has just been advertised (with a closing date of December 16th) will suit an individual with a strong and proven track record in research and teaching in information governance and records management.

Further details on the post and how to apply can be found at http://tinyurl.com/kwtlxwkIf you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Andrew Flinn ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Anne Welsh ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). For enquiries about the application procedure please contact Kerstin Michaels ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ); tel: 020 7679 2107.

   

The DPC commits to providing ‘better tools, smarter processes and enhanced capacity in digital preservation.’

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As part of its new Strategic Plan for 2015 – 2018 released on Monday 17th November, the DPC will provide members with better tools, smarter processes and enhanced capacity in digital preservation.

Executive Director of the DPC, William Kilbride explains that “this requires a real commitment to research and development. We will help members to understand and refine their own requirements, connect them to world class expertise in digital preservation and help them to communicate lessons learned from development projects.”

The DPC has committed to facilitating and supporting the development of tools and methods that offer credible and achievable routes to longterm preservation for digital resources managed and created by members and their partners. In this way the Coalition aims to ensure that members can progress more quickly in the development of digital preservation solutions.

By realising its goals, the intention of the Strategic Plan is to sustain the Coalition’s vision to ‘make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.’

For more information about joining the DPC, visit the member page of the DPC website and download the abridged version of the new Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018.

   

Vacancy at CERN: Data Curation Manager

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Data Curation Service Manager at CERN
Location: CERN, Switzerland
Salary: commensurate with seniority. Entry-level remuneration for this job category is in the range of 96'000-109'000 CHF/year, net of taxes.
Job Type: Full Time, Fixed term (5 years)
Closing date: January 11th, 2015.

CERN is seeking a Data Curation Service Manager to take responsibility for the design, development, deployment and operation of curation services for data (and other relevant scientific artefacts such as software or figures) across multiple platforms, in synergy with the scientific community and in partnership with relevant CERN services and emerging global initiatives.  Some activities are now launching, such as a Open Data portal for the LHC results  and the integration of data within our flagship subject-specific digital library: INSPIREhep.net. Other services need to be designed, harmonising the requests and contributions of all stakeholders. All services leverage existing activities for data citation and attribution (DataCite, ORCID, CreativeCommons licenses), need to interoperate with other relevant initiatives (arXiv, figshare, GitHub, HEPData, Zenodo and systems by scientific publishers) and support the scientific community to address Open Science policies of CERN Member States.

The Data Curation Service Manager will:

  • Operate CERN data curation services: oversee the ingestion of data in the appropriate platform at CERN or elsewhere; liaise closely with the user community and the relevant services at CERN to assure that appropriate information is either captured or promptly generated in order to make data discoverable, attributable and citable, both immediately and in the long-term future; implement emerging standards across the data curation workflow at CERN, including licensing and Open Access aspects when requested.
  • Integrate and harmonize data curation services for the High-Energy Physics community across services operated at CERN (e.g. across experimental collaborations, INSPIRE, the Open Data portal, the future Analysis Preservation Framework) and beyond (e.g. third-party repositories both community operated and commercial ventures, publishing companies, initiatives in the Member States), seeking synergies and avoiding duplication of effort, while assuring wide discoverability and resilient linkage of data and optimizing solutions at the service of the High-Energy Physics community.
  • Convene all stakeholders in the High-Energy Physics community (large and medium-sized collaborations as well as across the theory community and neighboring disciplines) and other relevant services at CERN to continuously monitor, improve and harmonize data ingestion and curation workflows.
  • Explore existing and evolving needs of the community for the expansion and scalability of data curation services and propose effective and economic multi-lateral solutions for their implementation.
  • Liaise with external initiatives, at the European and Global level, to integrate emerging best practices within all CERN data curation services. Support the High-Energy Physics community in addressing emerging requirements of funding agencies.
  • Explore opportunities for external funding of R&D projects to expand interoperability of CERN and external relevant systems.

CERN Staff is hired from its Member States [http://jobs.web.cern.ch/content/member-states]

More information on benefits is available at: http://cds.cern.ch/record/1664325/files/Employment_Conditions_EN.pdfA

Full vacancy note can be found at http://jobs.web.cern.ch/job/11269

   

The DPC aims to achieve ‘A political and institutional climate responsive to the need for digital preservation.’

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As part of its new Strategic Plan for 2015 – 2018 released on Monday 17th November, the DPC seeks a political and institutional climate responsive to the need for digital preservation.

“This requires a commitment to advocacy on behalf of the digital preservation community,” says Head of Communications and Advocacy for the DPC, Sarah Middleton.

“We will help key decision-makers and opinion-formers understand the opportunities and challenges of long-term access to digital collections and encourage them to act, ensuring that public and institutional policy, legislation and regulation enable robust digital preservation infrastructures.”

The DPC also commits to understanding and articulating the needs of members, encouraging and supporting the development of tools, services and standards that are of benefit to all.

By realising its goals, the intention of the Strategic Plan is to sustain the Coalition’s vision to ‘make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.’

For more information about joining the DPC, visit the member page of the DPC website and download the abridged version of the new Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018.

   

Vacancy at the United Nations: Information Management Officer

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Information Management Officer, United Nations
Location: New York
Salary: P4
Location: New York
Closing Date: 12th January 2015

This position is located in the Department of Management (DM), Office of Central Support Services (OCSS), Archives and Records Management Section; the incumbent will report to the Section Chief.

Within delegated authority, the Information Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Contributes to the formulation of overall policies, procedures, objectives and guidelines affecting the development and maintenance of the Organization’s non-current records and archives and delivery of reference services, archival description and systems management within the Organisation’s information management governance framework.
  • Conducts policy-oriented research and drafting on the applicability of information technology to records and archives using data from internal and external sources to: develop Section policies, guidelines and procedures in keeping with technological developments, e.g., strategy for long-term preservation and retrievability of electronic records.
  • Assesses and makes recommendations relating to the use of information management systems from an archives management perspective.
  • Conducts relevant research and specifications for information management technology and innovations relevant to archives management and service delivery.
  • Provides advisory services Organization-wide on recordkeeping practices based on needs, business process, workflow, technical architecture and information resources analysis;
  • makes recommendations relating to recordkeeping practices, improvement and implementation strategies, resource requirements, file plans, retention schedules and procedures for transferring records and archives to the section.
  • Leads engagement with all stakeholders to develop strategies for integrating records created in diverse systems into digital preservation systems and repositories; leads and manages the archival preservation programme.
  • Evaluates applications and cost-effectiveness of services in relation to technology options and prepares data and recommendations for decision-making.
  • Ensures the preservation of information assets with continuing value by appraising records according to their administrative, legal, financial and/or historical value.Manages the delivery of reference services to public and internal clients.
  • Ensures access to records with continuing value by managing the application of international cataloguing and indexing standards for intellectual control and retrieval; advises internal and external users regarding the use of the Section’s holdings; and assures the delivery of records and/or copies.
  • Develops and implements policies and guidelines relating to the preservation of and access to digital archives by establishing metadata requirements;
  • retains schedules for incorporation into electronic recordkeeping systems; transfers, maintains security protocols; and selects standards for digitisation of finding aids and records and their electronic dissemination.
  • Manages information security by enforcing security-classification restrictions;
  • facilitates declassification reviews by liaising with records-originating offices; and ensures the physical security and safety of the Organization’s records.
  • Carries out managerial responsibilities at the unit level relating to compliance with administrative requirements, programme planning, policy and procedure recommendations, budgeting, human resources and facilities management.
  • Develops client outreach strategy and programme and coordinates its implementation.
  • Represents the Section, as required, in departmental offices and at working groups, task forces and other fora, advocating recordkeeping and/or archives perspectives and standards.Evaluates the performance of vendors and certifies invoices, as necessary.
  • Guides, trains and supervises professional and general service staff in the various records information management functions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

For more information and to apply see: https://inspira.un.org/psc/UNCAREERS/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/UN_CUSTOMIZATIONS.UN_JOB_DETAIL.GBL?Page=UN_JOB_DETAIL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=36599&

   

The DPC commits to helping members develop ‘Competent and responsive workforces ready to address the challenges of digital preservation.’

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As part of its new Strategic Plan for 2015 – 2018 released on Monday 17th November, the DPC will help members develop competent and responsive workforces by providing skills, training and professional development.

“We will provide tangible outcomes to our members in the form of training,” explains Head of Training and Development for the DPC, Sharon McMeekin. “We will also encourage the proliferation of high-quality training by others and support colleges and universities seeking to develop curricula in digital preservation too.”

The DPC also aims to provide authoritative labour market intelligence for employers, students and teachers alike, enhancing the relevance of training and extending the competence of staff. In this way the Coalition hopes to become a forum for detailed and timely knowledge exchange between members for the benefit of all.

By realising its goals, the intention of the Strategic Plan is to sustain the Coalition’s vision to ‘make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.’

For more information about joining the DPC, visit the website and download the abridged version of the new Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018.

   

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