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Vacancy at Trinity College Dublin - Metadata Cataloguer

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Metadata Cataloguer

Position Type: Full-time, Temporary (till 9th April 2017)
Location: Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Salary: This appointment will be made on the Assistant Librarian scale at a point in line with current pay policy
Closing Date: 12 Noon on 17th April 2015

Applications are invited for the post of Metadata Cataloguer - Digital Resources & Imaging Services (DRIS) at the Trinity College Library Dublin. The person appointed will join the Digital Resources & Imaging Services team and be responsible for all activities relating to the creation of metadata for the output of DRIS (original and complex copy) and its input into all associated repositories (internal and external) with a primary focus on the Trinity College Library Digital Collections Repository (http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie). Metadata creation will occur to a variety of standards including but not limited to Dublin Core and MOD. The candidate will support the introduction of additional standards and best practices as defined by internal and external collaborative projects, international best practices, and departmental requirements.

Candidates should have a postgraduate qualification in Librarianship or Information Studies or Archival Studies and expertise in international standards for bibliographic description and authority control. He/she will have an excellent knowledge of such topics as digital metadata schema, metadata interoperability and the emerging RDA standard. This person will be comfortable initiating independent research to create original and complex copy metadata, and for the verification of copyright status when necessary. The post will be a full-time temporary appointment until 9th April 2017.

For more information see:https://jobs.tcd.ie


Job vacancy - Research Metadata Specialist at The University of Sheffield

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The following full time, permanent post is available with The University of Sheffield:

  • Research Metadata Specialist
  • Permanent position in the The University Library
  • Grade 6 £24,775- £28,695 per annum

The Research Metadata Specialist post is a University-wide post to assist the University and its researchers in the creation, preservation and discovery of metadata relating to their research data. Based in MDS, the post reports to the Resource Discovery Manager.

You will work closely with the University Research Data Manager and the Library Metadata Manager to establish procedures and standards for research metadata and to advocate their adoption within the University. You will provide training and assistance in their implementation. You will coordinate the collection and dissemination of such metadata to enable a registry of University research data (RD) to be produced. You will liaise with colleagues within the University and Library, and with peers at other institutions in the region and beyond, to help develop emerging standards and best practice in the RD metadata area.

You will be familiar with the research landscape and the data outputs produced, and the requirements of research funders for making these outputs discoverable.You should have a first degree or postgraduate qualification in research-based subject discipline, together with relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant knowledge, training and experience. Familiarity with the research data lifecycle, together with knowledge of issues and challenges related to the management, curation and archiving of research data is essential.

Closing Date: 2nd April 2015

Apply at www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs


Vacancy at the DPC: Communications Officer (Maternity Cover)

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Communications Officer (Maternity Cover)
Location: Glasgow or York
Salary: Grade 6 or 7 (27,057- 40847 GBP pro rata)
Position Type: part time (50%) temporary (provisionally to 1st April 2016)
Deadline: 17th April 2015 at 1200

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) seeks to employ or second a Communications Officer to support our strategic plan during a period of maternity leave. Applications should be submitted by email not later than 1200 on Friday 17th April. Shortlisted candidates should be ready to present themselves for interview in the week commencing 27th April.

The postholder will take a key role in the delivery of the DPC's first strategic objective - a political and institutional climate responsive to the need for digital preservation – and will contribute to delivery of our other three strategic objectives as required. This objective requires a commitment to advocacy on behalf of the digital preservation community. Following a work plan previously established, but with latitude to develop and elaborate where necessary, you 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. You will seek to understand and articulate the needs of our members, encouraging and supporting the development of tools, services and standards that are of benefit to all.  You will manage DPC’s communications activities on a daily basis.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a high-profile and wide-ranging role.  Recruitment will be to the DPC offices in Glasgow or York and is available immediately till the return of the post holder (provisionally 1st April 2016) at 50% FTE.

For more information see these further particulars.


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


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