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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.

   

Our digital memory tomorrow: winners announced for the Digital Preservation Awards 2014

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The winners of the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards 2014 have just been announced, at an exciting ceremony hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition at the Wellcome Trust in London.

Created in 2004 to raise awareness about digital preservation, the Digital Preservation Awards are a prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations that have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our digital memory is accessible tomorrow.

‘In its early years, the Digital Preservation Award was a niche category in the Conservation Awards’, explained Laura Mitchell, chair of the DPC.  ‘But year on year the judges have been impressed by the increasing quality, range and number of nominations. I’m delighted to report that, once again, we have been exhilarated by the quality and number of the nominations. We have given awards to four individuals and organisations that show an incredible depth of insight and subtlety in approach to the thorny question of how to make our digital memory accessible tomorrow. ’

Full list of winners

Four agencies walked away with awards for their exceptional contribution to ensuring the long-term security of digital collections:

The OPF Award for Research and Innovation presented by Ed Fay, OPF and Sandra Collins, Digital Repository of Ireland.
The University of Freiburg and partners with ‘bwFLA Functional Long Term Archiving and Access.’

The bwFLA (Functional Long Term Archiving and Access) project provides distributed, scalable and cost-effective cloud-based ‘emulation as a service’ preservation framework. The judges were commended the project for its ability to enable convenient access to emulation technology for preservation of born-digital assets. 

The DPC Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation presented by Rachel Bruce, Jisc and Tim Gollins, The National Archives
Alasdair Bachell from the University of Glasgow with ‘Game Preservation in the UK.’

Alasdair’s work builds on a report of preservation practices carried out by the video games industry, and examines the video game industry's attitudes towards preservation in the UK. The judges were impressed with the recommendations for the games archival community the report provided and that the work represented such a comprehensive study of records management practices in the games industry.

The NCDD Award for Teaching and Communications presented by Marcel Ras, KB/NCDD and Ingrid Dillo, DANS.
Adrian Brown for his ‘Practical Digital Preservation: a how to guide for organizations of any size.’

Based on his own experience of building operational digital preservation services in three different institutions, Adrian’s book ‘Practical Digital Preservation: a how-to guide for organisations of any size’ provides practical guidance tailored to smaller organizations. The judges said that this resource stood out for providing smaller organisation with the confidence, tools and knowledge to develop their own digital preservation capabilities.

The DPC Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy presented by Maureen Pennock, British Library and Paul Wheatley.
University of Manchester for their ‘Carcanet Press Email Archive.’

The University of Manchester Library holds outstanding eighteenth and nineteenth-century literary correspondence collections, relating to Samuel Johnson, Elizabeth Gaskell and others; a testament to the golden age of letter-writing. Judges were delighted with the way the Carcanet Press Email Preservation Project has ensured that some of the fruits of email’s golden age are similarly safeguarded for future generations.

The contributions of nine other exceptional finalists were also marked in the ceremony introduced by Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library, one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history. 

   

DPC new Strategic Plan launched for 2015-2018

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) launched its new Strategic Plan for 2015-2018 at the 4C/DPC ‘Investing in Opportunity’ Conference at the Wellcome Trust yesterday.

“By realising its goals, the intention of the Strategic Plan is to sustain the Coalition’s vision to make our digital memory accessible tomorrow,” explains William Kilbride, Chair of the DPC.

This shared vision lies at the core of the DPC’s Strategic Plan, embodied in a new mission statement and supported by four strategic objectives.

Mission

‘We enable our members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections and raising awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges they face. We achieve our aims through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.’

Strategic Objectives

Responding to the changing environment of digital preservation, the DPC will pursue four strategic objectives, to provide:

  • Competent and responsive workforces ready to address the challenges of digital preservation
  • A political and institutional climate responsive to the need for digital preservation
  • Better tools, smarter processes and enhanced capacity in digital preservation
  • Closer and more productive collaboration within and beyond the Coalition

The Strategic Plan lays out the direction for the DPC over the next three years, but also recognises that it is the very Coalition itself which enables the mission to be followed, and the vision achieved.

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.

   

Prestgious International Award to DPC Founding Secretary Neil Beagrie

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On the eve of our own awards ceremony in London on Monday DPC is delighted to share news of a major award to the DPC's founding secretary Neil Beagrie

At a ceremony in Hollywood on 23 October 2014, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) awarded the 2014 SMPTE Archival Technology Medal to Neil Beagrie in recognition of his long-term contributions to the research and implementation of strategies and solutions for digital preservation.

SMPTE_HonorsAwards_2014ArchivalTechnologyMedal_NeilBeagrie_MedResThe full citation for the award reads “Mr. Beagrie played a key role in the development of a collaborative approach to the study and dissemination of knowledge relating to Digital Preservation, Research Data Management, Digital Curation and Data Archives.  He was responsible for establishing the Digital Preservation Coalition, with major members from industry, national libraries, broadcasters and archives. In addition, he was responsible for establishing the digital preservation program within Jisc.  This program helped to create the Digital Curation Centre, which seeks to actively manage, preserve, and curate digital data throughout the research lifecycle.”

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition said: “‘I am delighted to hear that Neil’s work is being recognised with this well-deserved accolade.  He is highly regarded among colleagues in the UK and internationally for his calm, approachable manner, his clear advice, and the high standards he sets.  These virtues are woven into the fabric of the Digital Preservation Coalition, an organisation which he helped create.  I extend congratulations on behalf of all of the DPC’s members and staff, and we are honoured that DPC should be associated with this award.”

Rachel Bruce, Deputy Chief Innovation Officer, from Jisc added: “This award is recognition not only of Neil’s enormous contribution to digital preservation over the years but also the work he has done to clarify and explain aspects of managing research data. This has focused particularly on economic perspectives with the ‘Keeping Research Data Safe’ phases of work and more recently with an influential series of reports on the value of data centres. We are delighted that SMPTE has honoured Neil in this way, it is very much deserved, and we are pleased that some of the initiatives that Jisc has established, such as the digital preservation coalition and our research data programmes and services, are acknowledged as globally valuable.”

The SMPTE is the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries.

The SMPTE Archival Technology medal recognizes significant technical advancements or contributions related to the invention or development of technology, techniques, workflows, or infrastructure for the long-term storage, archive, or preservation of media content essence.

Pervasive, fluid and fragile: digital data is a defining feature of our age. The creative industries, Government, research and education, health, the heritage sector, and private life depend on digital materials to satisfy ubiquitous information needs. Digital preservation is an issue which all organisations and individuals will need to address. The 2014 award can also be viewed as a reflection of:

  • the growing importance of digital preservation to major industries such as film and television as their content is dominated by digital; and
  • the profile that digital preservation and research data management in the UK has achieved internationally in the last decade and the impact of the UK Digital Preservation Coalition and Jisc innovation programmes.

Others recognised by the SMPTE at the 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony included George Lucas and John Logie Baird.

   

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