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Vacancy at the Parliamentary Archives: Head of Preservation & Access

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Head of Preservation & Access
Location: London
Position Type: Permanent, Full time
Salary: £47,636 - £60,824 per annum
Closing Date: 17 October 2014

Would you like to lead preservation and access at the Parliamentary Archives in London?

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to lead the development and management of preservation and online access at a major national archive, with a particular emphasis on developing innovative digital services for users. The Preservation & Access team of 10 staff brings together responsibility for preservation of records in all forms, their cataloguing and digitisation, disaster planning, and the provision of online access to records, finding aids and other services. Key strategic priorities for the team include building an expanding range of innovative online services for users, the future development of our archives management system, embedding digital preservation as business-as-usual and expanding the range of digital records to be ingested, and continuing to develop our exemplary collection care service and digitisation programme.

You will be an experienced information management professional, with excellent leadership skills and proven experience of improving online access to archival information, underpinned by a high level of familiarity with major development trends in ICT, and the ability to innovate and act as an ‘intelligent client’ for the Archives. You will be familiar with the full range of activities in the Preservation & Access portfolio, with proven experience of managing teams or projects to support strategic aims in at least one area. You will have excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills, and experience of leading or participating in project or programme boards and developing successful business cases.

For more details see the vacancy notice, job description and application form at: http://www.parliament.uk/about/working/jobs/

For an informal chat, please contact Adrian Brown on +44 (0) 20 7219 3071 or at brownad [at] parliament.uk


Vacancy at The National Archives, Kew: Senior Developer

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Senior Developer
Salary: starting up to 55,000 GBP
Location: Kew, West London 
Post type: Full time till 31st May 2016
Closing Date: Thursday 25th September 2014 at midnight

Building on our award-winning experience in digital preservation, The National Archives has developed a new Digital Records Infrastructure (DRI) system to acquire, store and preserve our rapidly increasing digital collection. Operating at petabyte-scale, this system will ensure the long-term preservation of the UK government’s records. Records such as government websites, the records of significant public inquiries, the decisions and deliberation of senior officials, ministers and prime ministers and the nation’s digitised history from the 11th to the early 21st century are all to be preserved in the system.

As a senior developer, you will play a key role in the enhancement of this innovative and high-profile system, ensuring that it remains capable of handling the latest digital records as new record formats are presented to the archives for permanent preservation. The system comprises a series of batch-processing workflows constructed predominantly in Java, Scala, XSLT and XML Schema running in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment. You will influence the future design of the system and will be responsible for setting technical direction, mentoring staff, undertaking code review and also writing code yourself. You must be an expert in at least one or more programming languages, with a good level of knowledge of others; familiarity with Linux would also be an advantage.

You should be passionate about technology and information management, and your own skill development. Your creativity and experience will be essential to the organisation to inform and shape the design of new workflows that you will need to translate into efficient operational code. You will be motivated to find solutions to complex problems and will frequently look for opportunities to do things better. You will liaise with Heads of Department, technical staff throughout the Technology Directorate, and colleagues across The National Archives and beyond; the role will be varied and challenging. #

For more information see: http://ig24.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_nationalarchives01.asp?newms=hm and follow relevant links.


Vacancies at RCAHMS: Two Digital Archives Officers

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Digital Archives Officers
Post type: Full time, Fixed Term Appointment until 31st March 2016
Pay Band C - £22,022 to £28,448
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing Date: 1st October 1200 (Local time)

RCAHMS is keen to recruit two Digital Archives Officers to work as part of the Collections Team within the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and Historic Scotland. The post holders will assist with day-to-day duties relating to the digital collections including archive ingest, processing accessions, cataloguing and liaison with depositors; assist with the preparations for and implementation of a proprietary digital preservation repository system; and work to deliver and improve access to the digital collections.

It is essential that the successful post holders have a degree in Information Management or another relevant discipline and/or relevant work experience, as well as experience of working with a range of digital resources and technologies and a good knowledge of applied digital curation.

Successful applicants will have access to a generous total reward package that includes:   

  • A competitive salary and defined benefit career average pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave, plus 4.5 days privilege leave in addition to 7 bank holidays
  • flexible working arrangements
  • childcare vouchers
  • cycle to work voucher scheme
  • on-going development and training opportunities

RCAHMS is an equal opportunities employer which embraces diversity and which promotes equality of opportunity. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our minimum selection criteria. RCAHMS are a certified gold healthy working lives and cycle friendly employer.Closing date for the return of completed applications is at 12.00 noon on 1st October 2014. An interview date will be decided once the applications have been received and sifted.

For more information see: http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/jobs/digital-archives-officers


Vacancy at King's College London: Research Associate/Developer (Digital Preservation)

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Location: London, UK
Salary: 32277to 38511GBP p.a. Plus London allowance of 2323GBP
Contract: Full-time, till 31 Jan 2017
Closing date: 23 September 2014

King’s College London is seeking to recruit a Research Associate/Developer to work on the EU FP7 project PERICLES, which has been funded as part of the EU’s Digital Preservation programme. More information about the project can be found at the project website http://pericles-project.eu/.The post is in the Centre for e-Research, part of the Department Digital Humanities, which undertakes a wide range of collaborative research projects across King’s, as well as with other UK universities, with European institutions, and internationally with HE library and research institutes.The post holder will work as a Research Associate/Developer, working closely with research staff at King’s and at partner institutions. Specifically, the post holder will be expected to contribute to the on-going research being carried out by KCL staff on PERICLES, which currently includes:

  • Modelling and implementing appraisal processes for born-digital material, including digital forensics.
  • Modelling conceptual change to support long-term understanding of digital content.
  • Capture and analysis of unstructured user workflows and analysis of user context.
  • Using formal models to represent dependencies and assess risk to digital content.
  • Design practices for digital preservation systems.

The post will require a combination of theoretical work, design and implementation of proof-of-concept tools and other software components, and evaluation. The successful candidate will be expected to have demonstrable research skills in an area of applied computing or information science (e.g. digital preservation, semantic web, machine learning, data analytics, information retrieval), and to possess software development skills (e.g. Java, Python) and a knowledge of a range of computing technologies of relevance to preservation systems, e.g. XML, databases, web services.

The full-time appointment will be made within the Grade 6 scale, currently £32,277 to £38,511 per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance. The post is fixed-term until 31 January 2017 The closing date for receipt of applications is 23 September 2014


Vacancy: Digital Library Developer, Library Services, LSE

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Vacancy for Digital Library Developer at The London School of Economics and Political Science

Location: London, UK
Salary: £33,450 to £40,462 p.a. inclusive
Contract: Full-time, Open-ended
Closing date: 12 September 2014 at 23:59

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. The Library of LSE provides one of the best social science collections in any university – supporting the research and teaching of LSE as well as opening its doors to the wider world.

The Digital Library Developer is responsible, with a co-developer, for the development of the Digital Library, by managing, maintaining and growing the Digital Library’s infrastructure: its storage and preservation repository, middleware and web presence. The post-holder is therefore expected to be a “full stack developer”, able to develop and manage both the Digital Library’s underlying repository infrastructure (based on the Fedora repository technology) and the web presence that makes the Library’s materials and collections available.

You will have substantial knowledge and experience of a variety of programming languages. Of particular use will be Ruby in the Ruby on Rails environment, the language in which our repository middleware (Hydra) is written in. Also of vital importance will be front-end web development skills, as the post has an emphasis on further developing the Digital Library’s web presence, so knowledge of HTML5, Javascript and CSS will be very important. As well as programming skills, you will be experienced in developing documentation, providing technical expertise on web and library technologies, working with stakeholders in developing Digital Library and other library services, contributing to strategy and policy, and contributing to the broader work of the team and of the Library more generally.

This is a very exciting time for LSE Library Services with the ongoing development of our Digital Library to acquire, preserve and provide public access to digital collections, as well as the introduction of the Women’s Library @ LSE – Europe’s largest collection of material relating to the lives of women. The Digital Library is emerging as a sector leader in providing preservation and access for LSE’s digital collections, and this is an opportunity to contribute to this cutting-edge service and to the Library’s emerging digital scholarship strategy. The job will appeal to anyone interested in applying their computer programming and development skills to new challenges in the Museums, Libraries and Archives space.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Neil Stewart, Digital Library Manager, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In addition to a good salary the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/JobsatLSE and select “Vacancies”. If you have any queries about applying on the online system, please e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it quoting reference 1432345.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 September 2014 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications. Interview date is 25 September 2014.


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