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Vacancies

Vacancy at the British Library: Senior Software Engineer (Digital Preservation)

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  • Ref: COL00118
  • Position Type: Permanent   
  • SALARY RANGE: Boston Spa £28,450 - £33,041 St Pancras £31,858 - £36,087 (Grade B)
  • LOCATION: Boston Spa or St Pancras

The British Library is one of the World’s greatest research libraries, committed to providing researchers with access to reliable digital content now and into the future. Our digital collection is one of the most exciting and heterogeneous in the world, containing everything from digitised books and newspapers to born digital maps, eBooks and sound.

This is a great opportunity to help preserve our digital library content. As a software engineer within the digital preservation team, you will assess, develop and test digital preservation tools and services in a test-bed environment as part of a research programme. Liaising closely with Library colleagues, you will then help to integrate effective solutions into operational units, ensuring the authenticity and accessibility of digital collection content now and into the future.

Possessing excellent Java or .NET development skills combined with strong scripting experience, you will be able to quickly install, develop, test and debug software in a structured manner. You will also be able to demonstrate excellent team-working and communication skills, being able to convey your interest in the long term preservation of our digital heritage collections.

For further information and to apply, please visit www.bl.uk/careers quoting vacancy ref: COL00118

Closing Date: 19/04/2015

Interview Date: Boston Spa 12/05/2015 St Pancras 11/05/2015

 

UN ARMS seeks consultant to assist in revising SOPs for accessioning digital records

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  • Digital records management consultant
  • United Nations Secretariat Archives and Records Management Section

Background and context

The Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS) of the United Nations Secretariat identifies, preserves and provides access to  records that document the history of the UN. ARMS is responsible for all aspects of recordkeeping within the United Nations Secretariat, ranging from measures to ensure that UN officials create records in the course of their duties, through the management of records in UN offices, to preserving and making records of continuing value accessible as archives.

On an ad hoc basis ARMS has received digital records through a range of means and transfer instruments, and in a variety of formats and on a variety of media from Secretariat offices for over 10 years.   ARMS is currently developing an enterprise guidance/governance framework for a digital continuity and preservation programme to be implemented by a range of stakeholders in the Secretariat, including content providers and ICT professionals.

However, until an enterprise approach is fully implemented, it is likely that ARMS will continue to receive ad hoc transfers of digital records.  While established procedures and tools are in place for the transfer, acceptance, and accessioning of hard-copy records, they have not been fully developed for digital records and ARMS is seeking to develop Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) for ad hoc transfers of digital records in line with accepted best practices, norms and standards.

Term of Reference

ARMS seeks an expert to assist ARMS in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for accessioning digital records, in specific, by reviewing draft SOPs and related guidance and using three (3) case studies. The SOPs will be used by ARMS staff.

The consultant must have experience of, and expertise in, the acquisition and implementation of digital records that have digital continuity requirements. The consultant’s advice and actions must be consistent with ARMS’ target and current digital preservation standards (e.g. OAIS/ISO 14721, PAIMAS/ISO 20652, and ISO 16363) and best practices.

The consultant will work with an ARMS Project Manager to review the accession practices for three datasets that ARMS has received.  The datasets reflect the three principle ways in which, historically, digital archives have been transferred to ARMS.  The datasets contain highly sensitive information.  The records are of enduring value and will require preservation.

Objectives and targets

Improve processes for accessioning digital records by providing expert advice and assistance to ARMS.

Tangible outputs of the work assignments

Revised draft SOPs for the three datasets.  Summary information about the datasets:

  1. A dataset comprised of born-digital records in a variety of formats (Microsoft Office files, PDFs, audio files, video files, emails) and analogueThe dataset is approximately 20 GB. ARMS provided support to the creating office during the winding-down phase in 2014.
  2. Digital surrogates (preservation and access copies) generated from analogue originals already accessioned and/orThis collection is a combination of audio-visual records files extracted from floppy disks which were delivered on a multiple media (hard-drives and LTO tapes).  The total volume of this dataset is approximately 1.5 TB. All audio was digitized as WAVE and MP3 files, and all video was digitized as ProRes 422 and H.264 files.  Files from the floppies were largely backup files in text format. ARMS managed a preservation process in 2014 that produced the digital copies.
  3. A dataset comprising a database with digital object storage currently stored offline on secured external hard drives or on stand-alone servers. The database 47519 records and 11818 digital objects. It is a TRIM v.6 database running on a Windows SQL server, size total to about 200G; the digital objects are in PDF format, and the volume is approximatelyThe server has four hard drive backup copies, and a password secured LTO tape backup copy. ARMS managed the winding down and transfer of this dataset to ARMS in 2012-2013.

Delivery of Services

The consultant will work with ARMS for three (3) business days, including two days on-site at UN HQ in New York. 

The consultant must be able to provide services before 8 May 2015 and deliver revised draft SOPs within two (2) weeks of on-site work at UNHQ.

Payment will be contingent of the completion of 3 days of service and delivery of drafts.

Project Management

ARMS will provide the consultant with:

  • Existing relevant SOPs (including drafts), standards and guidelines
  • Detailed technical information about TRIM, its configuration, metadata elements, etc.
  • Known contextual and technical information about the datasets
  • Information on resources, budget, ICT capability and requirements within ARMS and, as necessary, within the Secretariat.

Proposal requirements

  • Brief statement of the objectives of the consultancy
  • A list of similar materials developed by the proposer, with brief description and technical details, ideally supported by sample content
  • Two references
  • Fee, inclusive of all expenses, for the delivery of 3 days of services and draft SOPs

 Please submit proposals to Stephen Haufek, UN ARMS: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ARMS : https://archives.un.org/
 10 March 2015

 

Vacancy at the Parliamentary Archives, London: Head of Information & Records Management

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Head of Information & Records Management

  • Location: London
  • Position Type: Permanent, Full time
  • Salary: £49,083 - £61,741 per annum
  • Closing Date: 23 March 2015

Would you like to lead information and records management at the Parliamentary Archives in London?

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to lead the development and delivery of information and records management policy and practice at Parliament, and as an integral part of a major national archive, with a particular emphasis on engaging proactively with the challenges and opportunities of records management in a complex and rapidly-evolving technological and political environment. The Information & Records Management Service of 9 staff supports the administrations of both Houses; it develops, advises on and implements information management policies and practices (including the corporate Information & Records Management Policy) for the end-to-end management of current Parliamentary business information, including its retention and disposal, in order to meet operational business needs, statutory and fiscal requirements, and public expectations, and to mitigate corporate risks. It develops partnerships in the business to deliver workable, practical policies and solutions for managing information. Key strategic priorities for the team include contributing to the Meridio replacement project and leading the records management elements; developing and delivering a defensible disposal strategy; planning and facilitating an information management assessment across both Houses, including a review of Section 46 compliance; developing and embedding the concept of digital continuity  across Parliament; defining realistic, achievable and measurable performance indicators; and embedding and monitoring delivery of the customer service charter and recently-revised Information & Records Management Policy.

You will be an experienced information management professional, with excellent leadership, interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills, and proven experience of records management service delivery and of implementing and embedding electronic records management systems. This will be 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 experienced in managing and developing staff and leading or participating in project or programme boards. You will have excellent communication skills, an understanding of change management,  and an appreciation of the historical, legal and constitutional importance of the archive collections of Parliament.

For more details see the vacancy notice, job description and online application form at: https://houseoflordsjobs.engageats.co.uk/.

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

   

'Professor (HATII)' Vacancy with the University of Glasgow, School of Humanities

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College of Arts, School of Humanities

Professor (HATII)

Vacancy Ref: 010096

This is an exciting opportunity to lead and shape the future direction of research and teaching in the internationally-recognised Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) and the School of Humanities. This role provides the opportunity to take a well-known brand in the sector and build on its successes as well as leading new innovative developments through your transformative strategic, academic, and research leadership.

You will be able to demonstrate an international profile in one or preferably more of the areas of digital curation, information management, digital heritage, and digital humanities, and may have employment experience in the Gallery, Library, Archive or Museum sectors. As a result, you will be able to demonstrate the integration of the study of information with cultural and humanistic studies in order to bridge research and practice through knowledge exchange and technological implementation in the context of institutional settings such as cultural heritage organisations, museums, libraries and archives.

Salary will be within the professorial range and subject to negotiation

Closing date:  26 March 2015.

For further information and to apply for this job, visit: http://jobs.theguardian.com/job/6033226/professor-hatii-/?LinkSource=PremiumListing

 

Vacancy at The British Library: Repository Manager

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Come and join us as custodians of the UK's national collection of digital content

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to work at the cutting edge of repository management and help ensure the Library can preserve its digital collections far into the future. Working closely with colleagues from across the Library, you will be part of our Digital Preservation Team and be a leading source of expertise in long term system management. You’ll work with colleagues to ensure our repository infrastructure and processes are of sufficiently high quality to meet the Library’s legal obligations and support us in our role as the nation’s digital cultural memory. 

The successful candidate will care about the longevity of the British Library’s digital material and be motivated to work with both content owners and technical colleagues to manage the day to day running of the repository and keep watching watchful eye over repository development initiatives. You will be educated to degree level in a relevant discipline and your knowledge and experience with preserving digital collections will be of particular importance.

This is a fixed term post for two years, based at Boston Spa. The post holder will be expected to travel on occasion, either to other Library sites, nationally, or internationally.

Closing date: 19th February 2015.

 For more details and to apply, visit bit.ly/163VyYN 

   

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