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Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 21:42

Archive staff at the University of St Andrews are looking for input from DPC members who look after literary collections within their archive, or who look after personal collections of individuals.

The research is looking at the attitudes of archivists and authors to social media and how they can collaborate to ensure an author's social media content is preserved in perpetuity along with their print and/or digital archives. The research focuses on the digital legacy of the life and work of an author which may find its way into a specialist or institutional archive either by bequest, donation or purchase. It is the cultural norm today for published and aspiring authors to use an ever bewildering array of digital technology to write and draft new pieces of work, to build their profile and to communicate with friends, peers and business associates. Social media is one example of technology that is so ingrained in the way of life it is more instinctive, and efficient, to log in to Facebook or Twitter or a blog site and post information that can be instantly accessed by the public, than it is to write a letter.

Archivists are therefore invited to participate in a brief, anonymous, online survey on social media and thoughts on its long term preservation.



What's New - Issue 55, March 2014

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In this issue:

  • What's On - Forthcoming events from March 2014 onwards
  • What's New - New reports and initiatives
  • What's What - Many Hands Make Light Work of Digital Preservation, Sarah Norris, DPC
  • Who's Who - 60 Second Interview with Anne Archer, Lloyds Banking Group Archives
  • Who's Hiring - The Digital Preservation small ads
  • Your View? - Comments and views from readers

What's New is a joint publication of the DPC and DCC


Vacancy at the University of St Andrews: Applications Developer

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Applications Developer (Research Computing)
Salary Range: £30,728 - £36,661 pa
Post type: Permanent / Full Time
Location: St Andrews
Closing Date: 9th April 2014

IT Services at the University of St Andrews is looking for a highly motivated individual with a strong interest in e-Research to join the Research Computing Team as Applications Developer (Research Computing). The team currently consists of two liaison staff and one Applications Developer.   

Owing to its focus on supporting research, the team has, where feasible, adopted an open development method, which includes the use of open source software and open standards in preference over proprietary software and standards. As a result the Application Developer (Research Computing) will work in the exciting context of growing national and international developer communities.In addition to developing solutions from scratch, recent technical implementations have included use of Fedora Commons, Islandora, Alfresco, CKAN and Wordpress. Engagement with relevant Open Source communities is expected.  

In addition to developing technical solutions to meet the needs of research projects from across the University, this post represents a fantastic opportunity for the successful candidate to work within the important institutional contexts of the new and rapidly growing areas of research data management and digital preservation. 

The successful candidate will possess a degree or equivalent in Computer Science or in another relevant subject with a significant IT component. Experience in designing, developing and testing software using a range of technologies and programming languages is essential. The role also requires a thorough and methodical approach and the ability to communicate technical information to a range of technical and non-technical audiences.   It is essential that the successful candidate either has or is willing to develop expertise in supporting the rapidly developing technical needs of electronic research across a wide range of academic subjects. This includes the ability to develop new skills as required, such as TEI, RDF and OWL, the W3C Linked Data standard; and relevant metadata standards such as TEI header, VRA Core 4, Dublin Core.  While all production servers used by the Research Computing Service are maintained by the IT Services Systems Team, Application Developers are expected to maintain and configure test and development servers running Debian Linux and Apache/Tomcat along with relevant server-side software.

For more information and to apply see: https://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/ViewVacancy.aspx?enc=mEgrBL4XQK0+ld8aNkwYmBED6j/L8x5qPpAPoMesmIBnvAyRo21WPFDwzfyhMUMMQznY1VfI5wlBsFdgwbdkfjrUCnjHWzfaCkUbA5UbeqjfAFC/lH3+voGcpOu/emng


Vacancy at ULCC: Web/Repositories Developer

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Web/Repositories Developer
Salary Range: £31,970 - £38,795 pa inc LW
Post type: Permanent / Full Time
Location: London
Closing Date: 23rd March 2014

ULCC is looking for a talented and enthusiastic web and database developer to join its award-winning Academic & Research Technologies team. The position includes contributing to a wide range of projects and services supporting academic research, digital libraries and archives, assisting our customers in developing new and innovative solutions to manage research data and information.

Activities you will be involved with include:   

  • Working with customers of our repositories service in getting the most out of their EPrints repositories.   
  • Developing solutions for research data management and long-term preservation of digital objects and digitisation projects   
  • Supporting academic, library and archives projects using open source web applications such as WordPress, MediaWiki, Omeka, Scripto, Moodle   
  • Working with colleagues in the University and partners and clients nationally and internationally.

We are looking for a professional, flexible and creative individual with the following skills:   

  • Excellent working knowledge of Web development and system configuration on LAMP stack (PHP/Perl)   
  • Solid understanding of Web technologies in academic libraries/research/publishing   
  • Able to work effectively individually or as part of a team    First-rate organizational & communication skills   
  • Experience of project management and supervising staff would be a plus

For more details and to apply see: http://ig29.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_universityoflondon01.asp?newms=jj&id=111091&aid=18048


Digital Preservation Coalition at Jisc Digital Festival 2014

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is on stand 19 at Jisc Digital Festival 2014 which starts today for two days, 11th – 12th March, at Birmingham International Conference Centre.

The festival will showcase and celebrate the very best in UK digital talent by bringing together experts and providers from the higher education, further education and skills sectors to share ideas and best practice. The DPC’s stand 19 will provide an opportunity for members and non-members to discuss their digital preservation work, and receive practical ideas, tips and resources to take away and use within their institutions.

The DPC will also announce today, that the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards will make its return for 2014. The Digital Preservation Awards is the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to maintaining a digital legacy, with the gala ceremony becoming a hotly anticipated date for all events diaries.

This year promises to be bigger and better with more categories and a greater chance to secure one of the prized Digital Preservation Awards.

Visit the DPC at stand 19 at Digifest for information on how to enter the Digital Preservation Awards 2014 or visit the Awards page of the DPC website: http://www.dpconline.org/advocacy/awards/digital-preservation-awards-2014/awards-2014-preregistration



'Technology Bytes: Tools and Services for Digital Preservation in Bite-Sized Chunks' - Session one now open for member registration

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Following the success of the hugely popular event 'Procuring Preservation: Writing and Understanding Requirements in Digital Preservation ' in December 2013, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is pleased to invite members to a series of 'Technology Bytes' webinars over the coming months, offering a deeper dive into the various tools and technologies available within the marketplace.

Hailed as ‘one of the most useful events ever held,’ attendees found particular value in ‘getting competing suppliers and potential customers to engage in an open discussion’ at the Procuring Preservation event, and were pleased to have the right ‘mix of people together to talk to each other.’

Following up the suggestion from the Procuring Preservation ‘un-conference,’ the webinar series is a ‘next step’ and an opportunity understand the strengths of products 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 solution providers.

The webinars will interest:

  • Collections managers, librarians, curators and archivists in all institutions
  • IT managers and procurement managers in memory institutions
  • Records managers in institutions with a need for long-lived data
  • CIOs and CTOs in organisations with commercial intellectual property
  • Vendors and developers with digital preservation solutions
  • Researchers with interests in research data management

The webinars start at the end of March and take place every two weeks until June:

  • Wednesday 26th March, 1pm - Matthew Addis, Arkivum
  • Wednesday 9th April, 4pm - Courteney Mumma, Artefactual
  • Wednesday 23rd April, 1pm - Porter Olsen, BitCurator
  • Wednesday 7th May, 1pm - Mike Quinn, Tessella
  • Wednesday 21st May, 1pm - Nir Sherwinter, Ex Libris
  • Wednesday 4th June, 1pm - Luis Faria, KEEP Solutions
  • Wednesday 18th June, 1pm - Michelle Kimpton, Duraspace

Registration is now open for the first session with Arkivum on Wednesday 26thMarch: http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/76-procuring-preservation-vendor-webinar-series?xref=83%3AArkivum

The webinars are available to members only and free of charge, but places are limited so early registration is recommended. Registration for subsequent dates will be announced in due course and all webinars will be recorded and published to the members’ area of the DPC website.


Digital Preservation Awards 2014 launched at Jisc Digital Festival

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The Digital Preservation Coalition is proud to announce that the prestigious Digital Preservation Awards will make its return this year. The Digital Preservation Awards is the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations who have made significant and innovative contributions to maintaining a digital legacy, with the gala ceremony becoming a hotly anticipated date for all events diaries.

"The threats to the digital estate are distinctive, and the tools and processes of traditional archiving and conservation are not sufficient to ensuring ongoing access anymore," explains Executive Director of the DPC William Kilbride. "We need a strong community and people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and work hard to make progress in digital preservation. This awards ceremony celebrates and recognises that hard work, and we believe it is vital for encouraging others to do the same."

Established in  2004, the Digital Preservation Awards' hunt for this years’ outstanding contributors will begin as details of the Digital Preservation Awards will be announced at the Jisc Digital Festival (Digifest) on 11th – 12th March this year.

Last year big winners on the night included the University of London Computer Centre for their Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP); the PLANETS project which brought together memory institutions, small businesses, major technology providers, and research institutions from across Europe to build practical services and tools to help ensure long-term access to digital cultural and scientific assets; and the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York for its innovative business model which allows it to preserve an extraordinary range of data while providing free access to all comers. 

This year promises to be bigger and better with more categories and a greater chance to secure one of the prized Digital Preservation Awards.

Visit the DPC at stand 19 at Digifest for information on how to enter the Digital Preservation Awards 2014. More details will be announced shortly on the DPC website: http://www.dpconline.org/advocacy/awards/digital-preservation-awards-2014


Created on Monday, 03 March 2014 12:26

DPC is delighted to announce that registration is now open for two more iterations of its popular ‘Getting Started in Digital Preservation’ roadshow – in London 4th April and in St Andrews 2nd May: http://www.dpconline.org/events

The workshops are free for members and heavily subsidised for the public so they are filling quickly and early registration is recommended. These two dates have been added in response to special requests by DPC members.  More dates will be added later in the year elsewhere in the UK and Ireland.  DPC is interested to hear from any other members who might be willing to host a roadshow.


CyMAL joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

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The DPC is pleased to announce that the Welsh Government, through its CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales division joined the coalition on 18th December 2013.

‘The Welsh Government is concerned with ensuring the safekeeping of Wales’ digital resources, for access now and in the future. CyMAL is the policy division which promotes and protects the culture and heritage of Wales by supporting its museums, archives and libraries,’ explains Linda Tomos, CyMAL’s Director.

‘Digital preservation is a key challenge for museums, archives and libraries in Wales,’ she continues. ‘Membership of the DPC provides us with opportunities to share knowledge and expertise and collaborate with the wider digital preservation community. By joining DPC as an Associate Member we will be better positioned to support the sector in Wales to develop its digital preservation capacity, and play an active role in this community.’

Executive Director for the DPC, William Kilbride welcomed the Welsh Government to the coalition. ‘We are delighted that the Welsh Government has joined the coalition. As our fourth Welsh member, we are really looking forward to working with CyMAL to support and develop professional standards, expertise and skills, as well as facilitating research and baseline information across this sector in Wales.’

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Recordings from 'The Future of Registry Services' now available for members

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The recent DPC Webinar with the National Library of New Zealand on the Future of Technical Registry Services was recorded.  It is now available for members to view along with documents supplied to participants. 


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