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University of Glasgow advertises Lord Kelvin Adam Smith PhD Scholarship

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Lord Kelvin Adam Smith PhD Scholarship: ‘Counting sheep and other amazing creatures: managing animal surveillance to invigorate intelligent response to animal disease outbreaks'.

  • The deadline is 12 noon, Friday 13 January 2017

About the Project

Contingency planning for exotic disease outbreaks has been at the top of the agendas for UK & Scottish government policy makers, the livestock industry, and the public, after the animal disease outbreaks in the recent past (e.g. Foot & Mouth Disease in 2001 & 2007). Rapid detection and response to disease incursions is only possible if there are effective & resilient disease surveillance systems with ongoing capacity to detect, assess & disseminate disease intelligence. In Scotland, the responsibility for animal data collection (for surveillance purposes) is borne by a range of local government organisations and industry stakeholders. However, the purposes and procedures for data collection vary and may be fragmented across different domains, and may be hampered by limited resources in remote regions. As both the volume of data, and types of technologies employed change and grow rapidly, the sustainability of surveillance data quality, data retention schedules, and procedures for disease outbreak data and disease surveillance strategies are not completely transparent. This project aims to build forward-looking policies regarding data preservation in emergencies as well as in “peacetime” with the aim of bringing harmonisation to current practices, and to improve learning models of disease spread/control that might mitigate economic consequences of exotic and, in some cases, endemic animal diseases.


European Central Bank tender for Digital Archiving and Preservation

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The European Central Bank (ECB) has issued a tender for the provision of a DAP solution to enable the business to address and mitigate the risks to the authenticity and usability of information and provide the long-term management and preservation of its digital information holdings. The mission of the DAP service is to provide the ECB with the means to safeguard its institutional memory and meet the legal and regulatory requirements in reference to the retention of and public access to its information. The DAP service will be comprised of 2 distinct components, the first being the preservation function and the second being an archive function for the ingested digital unstructured records with a retention period of 15 years and longer. The success factors will be that the ECB is able to maintain access to readable, intelligible, identifiable, retrievable, understandable and authentic information for as long as needed and that the ECB's service level requirements are met.

Find out more and submit proposal


Registration Is Open for 'What I Wish I Knew Before I Started' DPC Student Conference 2017

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The DPC, with support from the University of London, the Archives and Records Association, and the Information and Records Management Society, is pleased to invite students, researchers and new professionals in archives, records management and librarianship to a one-day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation.

This conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation. The day will open with a consideration of digital preservation basics and a scan of emerging trends in digital preservation. In the afternoon, a group of invited speakers will reflect on ‘what I wish I knew before I started’, or 'what I actually do all day' giving delegates an advantage in their own career development and helping those who frame the curriculum a chance to extend their students' readiness for the workplace. The day will end with a round table session, allowing delegates to ask questions about digital preservation practice and careers.


Digital Preservation Awards 2016 – Winners Announced!

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Leading organisations and practitioners in Digital Preservation came together on 30th November at the Wellcome Collection in London, to celebrate the culmination of the exciting Digital Preservation Awards 2016.

Hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and introduced by the Chair of Judges, Adrian Brown of the Parliamentary Archives, the evening celebrated the achievements of those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to maintaining a digital legacy.

In a year which saw the greatest number and quality of nominations received to date, those selected as finalists faced tough competition from entries across Asia, Europe, North America, Australasia and the Middle East making this the most international competition so far.


The Digital Preservation Awards 2016 is LIVE

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At 7pm tonight, the Digital Preservation Coalition's quest to find and celebrate the very best work in digital preservation across all sectors comes to an exciting finale with the presentation ceremony for the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards 2016 at the Wellcome Collection in London. 


The prestigious Digital Preservation Awards is the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to maintaining a digital legacy, and the ceremony is available to watch live online for those unable to join us in person.

Watch the Digital Preservation Awards Live


DAH Scholarships Available for DPASSH 2017

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The Digital Repository of Ireland, in collaboration with the Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) PhD Programme, is offering scholarships to attend the Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Science, and Humanities (DPASSH) conference, which will take place 14-15 June 2017 at the University of Sussex, Brighton. Priority will be given to current DAH PhD students (although applications will be considered from others), and to those who are submitting an abstract to the conference.

 For more information, go to http://dpassh.org/news/


Vacancy for City of Culture Digital Archive Software Developer with University of Hull - deadline extended to 30th Nov

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  • Job title - City of Culture Digital Archive Software Developer
  • Salary - £32,959 - £38,183 a year
  • Location - University of Hull
  • Deadline for applications extended to 30th November 2016

The University of Hull is a Principal Partner in the City of Culture 2017 celebration. The City of Culture enterprise is a considerable undertaking that has been led by the City of Culture Company, working with a series of Partners from the City, the region and nationally. The University is contributing considerable value in kind as well as direct input to the City of Culture, including research on the evaluation of the impact of the year and the development of a digital archive as part of the legacy of the cultural activities taking place. The creation of a digital archive for a City of Culture is a new venture in establishing processes and software systems to curate and preserve a wide variety of materials. No such previous archive has been created and the opportunity exists to develop a blueprint for how such archives might be built in the future, as well as contributing to the growing community body of knowledge and expertise on preserving digital materials generated through cultural activity. 


Assistant Archivist (9 month maternity cover) with Bank of England

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  • Job title - Assistant Archivist
  • Organisation - Secretary's Department, Bank of England
  • Location - London
  • Type - maternity cover

To cover a period of maternity leave starting in March 2017 the Bank of England Archive is looking to recruit a cataloguing archivist to work on a varied collection of material from one of the Bank’s core areas, Financial Stability. The Archive is currently moving from a 30 to 20 year-release period in line with The National Archives and is now processing records from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. This period covers significant developments within the Bank and in the wider economy, including changes in the operation of monetary policy, bank failures, ‘Big Bang’, privatisation, alteration to supervisory arrangements, central bank independence, and much more. Files from the Financial Stability area reflect many of these activities, and will be consulted by internal and external users. 

Reporting to the Archive Manager, the post will make a critical contribution to the achievement of the Archive’s cataloguing objectives and through this, will aid the wider understanding of the Bank and its work.

Click for more information and to apply for this role.


DPC Invites Members to its 14th Annual General Meeting

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DPC is delighted to invite members to the 14th Annual General Meeting of the DPC which will be held at 16:15 on Tuesday 29th November 2016 in the Livery Room of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists' Hall, 39a Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7JN. The meeting is expected to end at approximately 17:00. Tea and coffee will be available from 16:00. The AGM will be chaired by Laura Mitchell, Chair of the Digital Preservation Coalition.

The Agenda is included below and the full papers are available in the members’ area of the DPC website: http://www.dpconline.org/members/general-meetings.


Remember to Register: E-ARK Conference, 6th-8th December, Budapest

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The E-ARK Project is pleased to invite you to attend their final conference and workshops to be held at the National Archives of Hungary from 6th-8th December 2016. Registration to the conference and accompanying workshops is free but places are strictly limited and selling out fast!

About the Conference

The E-ARK Conference aims to bring together inspiring keynote speakers with presentations on the innovative standards and tools developed by the project. Over the three days attendees will gain a detailed understanding of the practical solutions offered by E-ARK outcomes. On the third day, we will offer delegates who wish to remain in Budapest the opportunity to gain direct hands-on experience of the E-ARK tools and solutions.


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