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Registration Open for Making Progress in Digital Preservation, 15th September, London

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to invite you to join us for a workshop at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, London, on 15th September 2015 which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Making Progress in Digital Preservation.’

Digital preservation - representing all the activities necessary to ensure that digital objects and data can be found, accessed and deployed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence, media failure or creator dependency - is a growing challenge for agencies and individuals in all kinds of contexts.  Our generation has invested as never before in digital resources and we've done so because of the opportunity they bring. Digital collections have grown in volume, complexity and importance to the point that our children are baffled by the inefficiencies of the analogue age. Pervasive, fluid and vital: digital data is a defining feature of our age. Industry, commerce, government, law, research, health, social care, education, the creative industries, the heritage sector and private life depend on digital materials to satisfy ubiquitous information needs and expectations. But digital objects are fragile: at risk of loss, corruption or obsolescence, not to mention unlawful alteration or theft.  Collection managers, IT officers, academic researchers, broadcasters, developers and industrial regulators need to ensure that the digital collections which they use and depend upon are accessible for the long-term: but training in these new skills can be hard to acquire.

For several years now the DPC and partners have offered an introductory one day workshop called 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' which is designed to outline approaches and tools which will help organisations assess their digital preservation needs and plan their response.  This has proven popular but we recognise the very great need to follow on with something which takes organisations forward in the response: from assessment into action.  This new workshop 'Making Progress in Digital Preservation' is designed to meet that need.  Responding to the greater subtlety required when implementing policies and plans, this workshop will examine three key areas of organisational needs: policy, resources and technology.  By the end of the workshop - which will include time for networking and sharing - participants will be equipped with practical targets for implementing digital preservation, as well as guidance and tools to make those targets achievable.

Who should come?

  • Collections managers, records managers, librarians and archivists in all institutions, but especially in commercial agencies
  • IT managers and chief technology officers, chief information officers in institutions or agencies with a need for long-lived data
  • Staff looking to gather or exploit 'big data' for corporate goals
  • Students and researchers in information science and related fields
  • Researchers with interests in research data management

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration is open until 8th September 2015 at 17:00.

Attendance is free for DPC members and costs £30 per person for non-members and can be paid by cash or cheque on the day or by cheque in advance (receipts will be issued).

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

Look out for more exciting event announcements coming soon from the DPC!


Upcoming International Conference on E-Journal Archiving at the University of Edinburgh

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Registration Open for Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving

September 7th 2015, University of Edinburgh

An international conference organised as part of the Jisc-supported Keepers Extra project, 'Taking the Long View' brings together international archiving agencies, representatives of national libraries from around the world, and research libraries and consortia to exchange knowledge, share ideas and discuss requirements for potential global collaboration to increase preservation coverage and tackle the 'long tail'.

The importance of assuring continuing access to e-journal content has long been recognised. Many institutions now have e-first collection policies that require archiving of serial content before e-only or print disposal actions can be taken. Nations are introducing legal deposit systems for electronic material. Yet analysis undertaken as part of the Keepers Registry has shown that over 80% of continuing resources assigned an ISSN have yet to be archived. The need for 'conscious coordination' of international activity is clear (Lavoie and Malpas, 2015). It is imperative that we now take the long view and consider if and how we can work together to address the challenge of stewarding the digital scholarly record.

Marking the 40th anniversary of the ISSN International Centre and the 20th anniversary of EDINA, this event presents a networking and briefing opportunity in which librarians can learn about a wide range of international activities, experiences and perspectives on the archiving and preservation of serial content, and gain insight into the operations and ambitions of some of the most important archiving agencies and initiatives from around the world.

More details and instructions on how to register are available on the conference website: http://keepers2015.blogs.edina.ac.uk/

For more on the Keepers Extra project and the Keepers Registry, visit our blog: http://thekeepers.blogs.edina.ac.uk/


Vacancy at JFC Brunssum for 5 Archivist positions

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Created on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:45

Staff Assistants (Digital Preservation, Archival Reference & Access and Archival Processing)

Location: Brunssum, The Netherlands
1 Staff Assistant (Digital Preservation), NATO Grade B-4
1 Staff Assistant (Archival Reference and Access), NATO Grade B-3
3 Staff Assistants (Archival Processing), NATO Grade B-3
Position Type: Full time: 2 year term
Closing Date: 17th August 2015

Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum, in The Netherlands, is one of two NATO Joint Force Headquarters. They are currently recruiting for 5 Archivist positions; Staff Assistant (Digital Preservation), Staff Assistant (Archival Reference and Access) and three Staff Assistants (Archival Processing). These are NATO International Civilian positions with an estimated project duration of two years.

For more information about these positions, please visit the website.

Further instructions for applicants including how to apply


Society for Imaging Science and Technology have issued a call for papers

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The Society for Imaging Science and Technology have issued a call for papers for their upcoming ‘Archiving 2016’ conference to be held in April 2016. The conference presents the latest research results on digitization and curation, provides a forum to explore new strategies and policies, and reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field.
Prospective authors are invited to submit original work for presentation at the 2016 conference in any technical areas relating to the following proposed topics:

  • New developments in imaging technologies (digitization of 2D/3D materials and of audio/visual materials)
  • Curation/management of images, and AV materials, digital art, social media, etc.
  • Imaging practices from around the world

The deadline for conference paper submissions is 4th October, 2015.        

More information about the call for papers can be found on their website:



Vacancy at the DPC: Business Manager

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Business Manager
Location: Glasgow
Salary: Grade 7, points 32-39 (£33,242- £40847)
Position Type: Full Time, Permanent
Closing Date: Monday 17th August 1700

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) seeks to employ a Business Manager to fill a post recently vacated. Applications should be submitted by email not later than 1700 on Monday 17th August. Shortlisted candidates should be ready to present themselves for interview on Wednesday 26th August.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a high-profile and important role. Recruitment will be to the DPC offices in Glasgow and is available immediately. The post is offered on a full time, permanent basis. You will work to ensure smooth running of this growing, strategically important and internationally respected membership organisation. You will provide corporate support for operational and project delivery with the goal of ensuring closer and more productive collaboration among the coalition’s 51 members and our many partners and allies around the world.

For more details see: Attached Person Specification and Further Particulars

For an informal and confidential conversation about this post (after 3rd August 2015) please email william.Kilbride_at_dpconline.org or call 0141 330 4522.


Technology Watch Report on Preserving Social Media draft outline Available for Consultation

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As part of a study commissioned by the UK Data Service under their Big Data Network programme, DPC will be releasing a new Technology Watch Report on Preserving Social Media. The authors, Sara Day Thomson and Paul Wheatley, have created a draft outline of the report's contents to circulate to DPC members for consultation, available below as a PDF. Feedback is welcome by email to info_AT_dpconline.org preferably by Monday 3rd August, but comments received after that date are welcome. The report will be released later this year.


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as its newest member, July 2015

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The DPC is delighted to welcome The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as its latest full member. 

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is a non-departmental public body set up to ensure that the UK’s 17 designated civil public sector nuclear sites are decommissioned and cleaned up safely and efficiently. Managing Director of the NDA National Archives, Simon Tucker recognises the enormous challenge of maintaining access to digital resources and believes 'the DPC’s expertise in long-term digital information management will bring major benefits to our information governance programme.'

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition said 'I am very pleased to welcome the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to the DPC and believe that the expertise which DPC members share can help provide solutions to some of the challenges being faced by the NDA National Archives. They have a diverse range of records and I look forward to helping them safeguard their digital legacy.'

‘Nuclear power is heavily regulated sector with lifecycles for data and products running to many decades.  That creates urgent and important requirements for first class records management and preservation.  It’s great that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has joined us and we hope that other regulators will follow their lead.’

Laura Mitchell, Chair of the DPC also welcomed the NDA and noted 'It is wonderful to hear that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority have a strong commitment to digital preservation and I look forward to hearing more about their new Archive facility which is being planned for Wick.'

More information about the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority can be found on their website 

Further information about the UK’s new Nuclear Archive building in Wick 

Benefits of joining the DPC 


Vacancy at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Library & Archives Information Manager

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Created on Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:38

Library & Archives Information Manager

Location: France, various locations: La Muette, Boulogne and Sèvres
Salary: 3 229 EUR per month (depending on experience)
Position Type: Two year fixed term (with possibility of renewal)
Closing Date: 19th August 2015
Interviews: Paris, between 31 Aug - 1 Sept
Job Reference Number: 09986

The OECD’s mission – Better Policies for Better Lives – is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The Organisation provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.

The Digital, Knowledge and Information Service in the Executive Directorate (EXD/DKI) provides digital solutions to support and enhance the OECD’s global role in building knowledge, communicating with the world and interacting with governments to inform and influence policy making. EXD/DKI is recruiting an Information Manager who will report to a team leader in the Knowledge and Information Management Unit.

Please visit the website for more information and to apply for this position

For more information about the OECD, visit the website


Vacancy at The British Library: Digital Preservation Intern

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Created on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:45

Digital Preservation Internship at the British Library

Location: Boston Spa, Yorkshire
Salary: £7.85 per hour (UK Living Wage)
Position Type: Full time (36 hours per week)
Duration: 6 month Internship (to be completed on or before 31 March 2016)
Closing Date: 8th July 2015
Interview Date: 16th July 2015

The British Library is pleased to be able to offer an internship opportunity in the Library’s Digital Preservation Team. The intern will contribute to activities associated with the Library’s 2013 – 2016 Digital Preservation Strategy and the post-holder will work closely with colleagues on a project to preserve legacy content acquired on hand held media as part of a hybrid acquisition (i.e. part digital, part physical). The placement will involve desk research and content analysis around digital preservation and sustainability issues, as well as practical work to identify, locate and retrieve content. Other opportunities will exist to learn about different aspects of the digital preservation team’s work, as well as our engagement with external expert digital preservation organisations and partners.

The internship is particularly well suited to candidates or recent graduates of a library/archives/information science degree course.

Please visit the website for further information on this position and to download a job description.

To apply, please visit www.bl.uk/careers www.bl.uk/careers quoting vacancy ref: COL00209.


Invitation for submission of expression of interest (EOI) from United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (UN-MICT)

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Created on Thursday, 25 June 2015 22:41

Vendor to supply preservation and management of digital archives system required by UN-MICT

Location: Arusha, Tanzania and The Hague, Netherlands
Date Published: 24th June 2015
Closing date: 16 July 2015
EOI Number: EOIUNMICT11199

United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (UN-MICT) request expressions of interest from vendors who can supply, implement and maintain a system for the long-term preservation and management of digital archives in compliance with the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) framework.

Companies can only participate in solicitations of the UN Secretariat after completing their registration (free of charge) at the United Nations Global Marketplace


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