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Vacancy at the University of Melbourne: Research Data Curator

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Research Data Curator
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Position Type: Permananent, Full Time
Salary: 90,341– 97,783 AUD p.a. plus 17% superannuation
Closing date: Friday 13 February 2015 (AEDT – Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

The University of Melbourne is advertising for a Research Data Curator to work within the Research group at Research & Collections (University LIbrary). This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research.The successful candidate will be a highly flexible, collaborative and innovative individual, committed to providing the best possible service to our research community. The role requires a range of operational and project-based activities that will advance the Library’s strategic objectives for expanded research data identification, management, curation and preservation support, tools and services.

  • For more details and to submit an application, see: http://jobs.staff.unimelb.edu.au/ci/en/job/885097/research-data-curator
  • For enquiries, contact: Leo Konstantelos, Tel: +61 3 90356125, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
   

DPC members invited to take part in new VeraPDF Project Webinar for Review of Functional Specification - Tuesday 3rd February 2015

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), with the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF), the PDF Association, Dual Lab and KEEP SOLUTIONS – otherwise known as the VeraPDF Consortium – have been awarded a PREFORMA first phase design contract under the PDF/A strand and are seeking consultation for phase 1 of the project.

PREFORMA (PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives) is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission, under its FP7-ICT Programme. PREFORMA’s objective is to develop open source validation tools for three file format standards including PDF, TIFF and a video format to support long-term preservation in memory institutions. For more information click here.

Starting work in November 2014, the VeraPDFa Consortium is gathering requirements from our collective members and the community in memory institutions and industry to build an authoritative conformance checker for PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3.

The proposed software architecture will be presented to the PREFORMA panel in March 2015. The panel will then make a further selection amongst suppliers from phase 1 (research) to proceed to phase 2 (development).

As part of the phase 1 consultation, the OPF is holding a webinar to gather feedback on the functional specification of the validator tool, particularly on the policy requirements for memory institutions. The project is still in the competitive design phase of the PREFORMA call to tender and would like to ensure that our documentation represents real requirements, endorsed by our collective members, to increase our chance to proceed to phase 2 of the project. If we are successful in progressing to phase 2, we will then be in a position to take in to account your requirements when building the PDF/A validator.

DPC members, and particularly any specialists and enthusiasts on the subject of PDF validation, are invited to attend this webinar to present the VeraPDF functional specification and other documentation for your feedback. 

Overview of the Webinar

  • Introduction and context
  • Overview of validator and the functional specification (focussing on policy checking)
  • Discussion and feedback

The webinar will take place on Tuesday 3 February at 12 noon GMT / 13:00 CET and will last approximately one hour. The webinar will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend at this time. 

The documents will be circulated in advance to allow time for review before the webinar.

Register now: https://openpreservation.clickmeeting.com/vera-pdf-webinar/register?lang=en

   

Registration now open for the third in the series of the DPC’s ‘Technology Bytes’ and ‘Digital Preservation in Action’ Webinar Series.

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The third sessions, which will be brought to us by Sarah Middleton of the DPC/ 4C Project and Chris Fryer of the Parliamentary Archives will take place on Wednesday 11th and Wednesday 18th February 2015.

The second series of 'Technology Bytes' webinars and a new series on ‘Digital Preservation in Action’ offer a deep dive into some of the available tools, techniques and their practical application in real organisations. Both series will provide an opportunity understand the strengths of some of the newest tools and innovations available, how these might be best applied to digital preservation in practice, as well as providing a platform for members to voice their needs and concerns directly to representatives of a wide range of tool developers and providers.

Places are limited and registration is essential, for members-only. For more details and to register, see the DPC website: 

   

Recording from DPC 'Digital Preservation in Action' with Maureen Pennock at the British Library now available

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The recording from the first in our new series of DPC 'Digital Preservation in Action' with Maureen Pennock at the British Library is now available. Members can watch the recording of Maureen's presentation in the members area of the DPC website using their login. 

   

Call for Consultancy: Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals

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Call for Consultancy: Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals, Digital Preservation Expert
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
Date Issued: 19th Jan 2015
Closing Date: 26th Jan 2015

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), requires an expert consultant in digital preservation management to support the acquisition and implementation of a digital preservation system. The consultant must have experience of, and expertise in, the acquisition and implementation of digital preservation systems for institutions. The consultant must be independent of any vendor of digital preservation systems. The consultant’s advice and actions must be consistent with current digital preservation standards (e.g.ISO 14721 and ISO 16363) and best practices. English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For this consultancy, the consultant will be required to work, and provide all deliverables, in English.

For more information see: http://www.unmict.org/en/recruitment

   

The University of Sheffield joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

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The DPC is delighted to welcome the University of Sheffield Library as its latest member.  

‘This is an exciting time to be involved in Digital Preservation at the University of Sheffield’, explained Tracey Clarke, Assistant Director for Academic Services.  ‘We’re in the process of recruiting a new Digital Preservation Officer and are currently tendering for systems.  We’re writing a digital preservation policy, establishing a collections schedule and enhancing how we handle digital research outputs.’

‘Joining the DPC adds momentum to this important development.  It raises our profile in digital preservation, lets us access know-how and gives assurance that we’re developing best practice.’

‘It’s a great pleasure to welcome Sheffield University to the DPC’, said Laura Mitchell, Chair of the DPC and Deputy Keeper of the Records of Scotland.

‘I am pleased but not surprised at how much the DPC’s membership has grown in the last few years.  The benefits and opportunities which membership brings are increasingly aligned with the strategic imperative which so many institutions face in safeguarding and exploiting valuable digital resources.  As a full member, Tracey and colleagues will be able to shape the work of the DPC around their own needs and have significant influence on the direction of the Coalition in the future.’

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Recording from DPC 'Technology Bytes' with Brian Lavioe from OCLC Research now available

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The recording from the first in our new series of DPC 'Technology Bytes: Tools and Services for Digital Preservation in Bite-Sized Chunks' with Brian Lavioe from OCLC Research is now available. Members can watch the recording of Brian's presentation in the members area of the DPC website using their login. 

   

The DPC is delighted to announce that Paul Wheatley will be joining our staff in March as Head of Research and Practice

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Paul has a long track record in digital preservation, having worked on diverse projects including the much celebrated ‘CAMiLEON’ project which evaluated strategies for emulation and which is credited with rescuing the BBC Domesday Disk.  He has worked at the British Library and the University of Leeds, leading the Jisc-funded ‘SPRUCE’ project which delivered a series of tightly-focused problem-solving hackathons for institutions across the UK.  More recently Paul has been working as an independent consultant providing specialist advice on a range of digital preservation issues.

‘I am delighted to be joining the DPC’, said Paul.  ‘I have been involved in the DPC since before its foundation and have always been impressed by the scale of its output and its collaborative mission.’

‘Paul will be well-known to many in the Coalition already’, explained William Kilbride of the DPC. ‘Colleagues are certain to give him a warm welcome in his new role. The Head of Research and Practice has a distinctive mission to build capacity among DPC members, either through direct support, or through thoughtful and targeted research.  Paul brings a unique blend of skills and experience to this role and I am looking forward to working with him.’

   

Registration now open for the next in the series of the DPC’s ‘Technology Bytes’ and ‘Digital Preservation in Action’ Webinar Series.

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The second sessions, which will be brought to us by Johan van der Knijf of the National Library of the Netherlands and Fran Baker of the University of Manchester, will take place on Wednesday 28th January and Wednesday 4th February 2015.

The second series of 'Technology Bytes' webinars and a new series on ‘Digital Preservation in Action’ offer a deep dive into some of the available tools, techniques and their practical application in real organisations. Both series will provide an opportunity understand the strengths of some of the newest tools and innovations available, how these might be best applied to digital preservation in practice, as well as providing a platform for members to voice their needs and concerns directly to representatives of a wide range of tool developers and providers.

Places are limited and registration is essential, for members-only. For more details and to register, see the DPC website: 

   

Vacancy at The National Archives: Senior Digital Archivist (Maternity Cover)

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Senior Digital Archivist (Maternity Cover)
Location: Kew, London
Position Type: Full-time, temporary (6 months with possibility of extension)
Salary: £31,227
Closing Date: Sunday 18th January 2015 at midnight 

The National Archives seeks to appoint a Senior Digital Archivist to cover a period of maternity leave.Building on our award-winning experience in the preservation of digital records we are developing a new Digital Records Infrastructure (DRI) to sustain our rapidly increasing digital collection. This system will preserve a huge range of digital material in a wide variety of formats. You will be leading a small team that liaises with staff across The National Archives and with other government departments including high-profile Inquiries, to ensure that all digital material in The National Archives' custody meets the standards required for ingest and preservation in DRI, ensuring the security and integrity of the record throughout the process. The nature of the work undertaken means that you will be required to undergo Security Check clearance.

   

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