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Vacancy at the Bodleian Libraries: Technical Officer/Research Software Engineer (Polonsky Fellow)

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Technical Officer/Research Software Engineer (Polonsky Fellow)

Location: Osney Mead, Oxford
Salary: (Grade 7) £30,738 - £37,768 with a discretionary range to £41,255 p.a. (an annual market pay supplement of up to £1,448 may be payable and is subject to review)
Position Type: Full Time / Fixed Term (2 years)
Closing Date: 12.00 midday on Monday 13 June 2016

The Bodleian Libraries and Cambridge University Library have received substantial funding from the Polonsky Foundation to appoint six Polonsky Digital Preservation Specialists for a joint 2-year project. Three posts will be based at each institution, and will work collaboratively to address the development of systems and services to support the long-term preservation of the libraries' digitised and born-digital cultural heritage collections. The six posts offer an exciting opportunity to help shape the digital preservation activities at two of the world's foremost research libraries, and to share with other the knowledge and experience learned.

As a Technical Officer/Research Software Engineer you will undertake research and training to build upon your expertise in the technical issues surrounding digital preservation and your awareness of the tools, systems and projects that seek to address these issues. You will also develop and/or implement digital preservation applications and services with the Bodleian Libraries, contribute to the development of a business case and sustainability plan for digital preservation operations, disseminate the key findings of your work to at least one conference and submit one journal article per year based on your work in collaboration with colleagues. You will be expected to work closely with the rest of the Polonsky team based at both Oxford and Cambridge, as well as with colleagues in BDLSS.

You will have an honours degree or postgraduate diploma, preferably in library or information science, or computer science or equivalent skills and experience, demonstrable knowledge of at least two object orientated programming languages, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a matrix team and with stakeholders. You will also have experience of implementing and documenting complex software, working with open source software, a version control system, and release management. A postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in a field relevant to digital preservation in any subject or discipline is desirable.

Travel to other sites, conferences and institutions in the UK and internationally will be required.

Owing to the nature of this post, candidates will be required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland check as well as a financial background check. The possession of a criminal record or poor financial background will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.This post is part of a pilot scheme testing a new Supporting Evidence form in place of the more usual 'supporting statement'. Please ensure that you carefully read the How to Apply section provided in the Job Description, which you can download below along with the required Supporting Evidence form. Your application cannot be considered without this form. You will also be required to upload your CV as part of your application.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on Monday 13 June 2016 can be considered. Interviews are anticipated to be held in late June 2016. The interview panel will comprise of representatives from both Universities.

For full details and to make an application, visit https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=123531


Digital Preservation Awards 2016: Don’t miss out, submit your nominations by 26th July

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With just a couple of months left to submit your nominations, do not miss your opportunity for recognition at the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to maintaining a digital legacy.

Send us your nominations by 12noon on Tuesday 26th July and be in with a chance of being named the best in your field of expertise.

Entry to the Digital Preservation Awards is free and open to all organisations and individuals, so apply now!


Vacancy for Web Archivist at the British Library

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  • Job title - Web Archivist
  • Salary - £29,000 Boston Spa or £32,000 St Pancras
  • Type - Permanent. full Time (36 hours per week)
  • Location - Based in St Pancras, London or Boston Spa, West Yorkshire

This is an exciting opportunity to join the British Library’s renowned Web Archiving Team and contribute to the development of the UK's National Web Archive collection. Working closely with the Lead Curator, you will drive the appraisal, description and preservation of the Web Archive. Your key responsibilities will be to ensure that websites are adequately captured, curated, highlighted and used. You will work with a range of tools to describe and collect UK websites ensuring that they meet quality criteria and that the metadata requirements of the collection are met. You will work with curators across the British Library and Legal Deposit Libraries to ensure that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute to collection development by using our specialist web archiving tools.


‘Preserving Transactional Data’: Member preview of new DPC Technology Watch Report now available

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The DPC, UK Data Service and Charles Beagrie Ltd are delighted to offer members a preview of the latest DPC Technology Watch Report ‘Preserving Transactional Data’ by Sara Day Thomson of the Digital Preservation Coalition. This report tackles the requirements for preserving transactional data and the accompanying challenges facing companies and institutions that aim to re-use these data for analysis or research, presenting the issues and strategies which emphasize preservation practices that facilitate re-use and reproducibility.


Vacancy for Digital Archivist (20-month contract) at National Library of Ireland

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The successful candidate will contribute to the RDA's European training programmes in research data and to the development of an open-access European database of knowledge about best practice in research data management and sharing.  In addition, and working with the Digital Collections team, the Digital Archivist will work to advance a series of born digital pilot projects, concentrating on different digital file formats and working through the full cycle from acquisition to preservation and online availability.  The person appointed will be expected to undertake European travel as required and to present their work at conferences and events internationally and in Ireland.


Consultancy Opportunity with Cambridge University Library

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Cambridge University Library (CUL) is planning to source and implement a new archival management system (AMS) for use by the Cambridge University Libraries, Colleges and other institutions associated with the University of Cambridge.

There is an initial requirement for an experienced consultant, with archives and/or extensive library experience, with an understanding of the hierarchical nature of archival cataloguing and the relevant archival standards, for the first phase of the project which should take approximately 2-3 months duration to complete. The consultant will work alongside the custodians of our archives, manuscripts and records to identify and analyse requirements, prepare a formal business case for approval and identify a range of potential products that could meet our needs.


Dates confirmed for Digital Preservation Awards Judging Panel Meetings

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DPA2016_LogoThe DPC is delighted to confirm dates for the Digital Preservation Awards Judging Panel Meetings for 2016. The meeting to agree shortlisted nominees will take place on Tuesday 30th August and and the final judging panel meeting to agree the winners will take place on Tuesday 11th October.


Webinar recording and new dates available

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Recording of 'The Sustainability of Born Digital Art' webinar with Gaby Wijers now available 

The recording of the latest DPC/NCDD webinar with Gaby Wijers entitled 'The Sustainability of Born Digital Art' is now available for members to view online. In this webinar Gaby talks to us about the current situation in the Netherlands concerns the sustainability of born digital art. Can we preserve it for the future, and what is needed to do so? Gaby uses examples from the research report on born digital art of the Dutch Cultural Coalition Digital Preservation (only available in Dutch) and the Transformation Digital Art project from the Dutch Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SMBK).

Upcoming and new dates in the DPC webinar programme


Vacancy for Technical Lead, Digital Collections at National Library of Ireland

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  • Job title - Technical Lead, Digital Collections
  • Location - National Library of Ireland, Dublin

The NLI's current digital services infrastructure combines open-source software, vendor-supplied products and locally-developed middleware and interfaces.  Core systems include a Library Management System, discovery and access systems and a digital repository system which currently manages over 40TB of digitised material.  The Technical Lead, Digital Collections will provide technical oversight and strategic leadership in developing and enhancing the NLI's digital services infrastructure to meet the NLI's core strategic objectives.


Webinar session from 'Preserve Better: Accreditation and Certification for Digital Archives and Digital Repositories,' 25th May - sign up now

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Next week's webinar session will be broadcast live from our DPC Briefing Day 'Preserve Better: Accreditation and Certification for Digital Archives and Digital Repositories' in London, on 25th May.

The session will follow the introductory session with William Kilbride and will provide an overview of accreditation and certification for archives, in particular trust, certification and digital preservation.

This session will take place at the earlier time of 10.30am - 11.15am and will be ideal for those unable to attend the event in person. Outcomes from the remainder of the day will be published as slides after the event, and we will live tweet throughout the day using the hashtag #dpc_pb.

If you would like to participate in the webinar session, please email sarah [dot] middleton [at] dpconline [dot] org by 12 noon, Tuesday 24th May.


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