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Registration Opens for 'What I Wish I Knew Before I Started': DPC Student Conference 2016

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The DPC, with support from the Archives and Records Association and the Institute for Historical Research, is pleased to invite students and researchers in archives, records management and librarianship to a one day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation set to take place on Friday 22nd January at Senate House, Malet Street, London.

This conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation.  The day will open with a consideration of digital preservation basics and a scan of emerging trends in digital preservation.  In the afternoon, a group of invited speakers will be invited to reflect on 'the things they wish they knew before they started', or 'what I actually do all day' giving students an advantage in their own career development and helping those who frame the curriculum a chance to extend their students' readiness for the workplace.

Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance to guarantee a seat. Registration is free and priority will be given to students currently undertaking a degree programme in archives studies, records management, librarianship or related subjects. Please visit the event page for more information on the conference and to register for your place.


New DPC Technology Watch Report available; ‘Personal Digital Archiving’

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The DPC, Gabriela Redwine and Charles Beagrie Ltd are delighted to announce the public release of the latest DPC Technology Watch Report ‘Personal Digital Archiving’, written by Gabriela Redwine, Digital Archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

This free peer-reviewed report is aimed at individuals who are concerned about how best to manage and preserve their own personal digital archives, as well as professionals who advise people on how to select and best preserve such digital content.

‘The term personal digital archiving refers to how individuals manage or keep track of their digital files, where they store them, and how these files are described and organised’, explained Gabriela Redwine. ‘People keep personal archives for many different reasons and the ubiquity of personal computing devices and the ease with which files can be duplicated often means that the same digital files can exist in multiple locations simultaneously.’

The report provides an overview of the key issues related to personal digital archiving, arguing for the importance and urgency of preserving personal files, while also acknowledging the difficulty of managing digital files that include a combination of digitised and born-digital materials. There is a short introduction to the role of cultural heritage organisations, in the history of personal digital archiving, as well as current initiatives, which sets the stage for resources and recommendations for individuals who want to be proactive about saving their own digital materials.

‘Our Technology Watch Reports are available open access as a distinctive contribution to the dissemination of good practice in digital preservation, but are framed directly around the needs of our members who help suggest topics and help us turn ideas into sustained and significant advice that addresses their requirements, explained William Kilbride of the DPC.

Neil Beagrie, managing editor of the Technology Watch Report series on behalf of the DPC added, “Personal archiving is where digital preservation most directly affects non-specialists as well as curators. This title in the Technology Watch Report series is likely to be of interest not only to DPC members and the digital preservation community but also to a wider public internationally.’

Personal Digital Archiving’ is published by the DPC in association with Charles Beagrie Ltd. Neil Beagrie, Director of Consultancy at Charles Beagrie Ltd, was commissioned to act as principal investigator for, and managing editor of, this Series in 2011. He has been further supported by an Editorial Board drawn from DPC members and peer reviewers who comment on text prior to release: William Kilbride (Chair), Janet Delve (University of Portsmouth), Marc Fresko (Inforesight), Sarah Higgins (University of Aberystwyth), Tim Keefe (Trinity College Dublin), and Dave Thompson (Wellcome Library).

The full report can be accessed online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7207/twr15-01


Two Vacancies at Tate: Conservation Technician and Senior Conservation Technician

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Senior Conservation Technician, Time Based Media
Position type: Permanent, Full-time (36 hours per week)
Salary:£24,360 per annum
Location: London - Tate Store, Southwark
Closing date:18 December 2015 at 17:00

Conservation Technician, Time Based Media
Position type: Fixed-term (7 months), Full-time (36 hours per week)
Salary:£21,011 per annum
Location: London - Tate Store, Southwark
Closing date:18 December 2015 at 17:00

Tate is seeking a Conservation Technician and Senior Conservation Technician, (Time Based Media) to work within our Time Based Media (TiBM) Conservation team.

The Senior Conservation Technician (Time Based Media) will support programme activity across a wide range of exhibitions and displays. The initial focus of the role will be on the preparation of the new Tate Modern displays as we prepare for the opening of the new gallery spaces in June 2015.   The Senior Conservation Technician (Time Based Media) needs to be able to work independently on the preparation and installation of time based media artworks across the Tate sites. The time based media collection covers a broad spectrum of artworks, covering both analogue and digital technologies. The role will require the ability to provide specialist technical advice to a range of stakeholders and effective communication skills.  You must be able to demonstrate strong technical knowledge and skills required for the preparation of time based media artworks. You must have a pragmatic approach to problem-solving, have excellent communication skills, and be able to work flexibly and under pressure. Good end-user IT skills are required, along with specialist design programmes such as experience of using Vector Works or CAD.

The Conservation Technician (Time Based Media) will provide technical support for the time based media artwork collection, with a focus on supporting the exhibition and display of artworks through media and equipment checking, sourcing and preparing equipment for display and updating Conservation Records. You will assist the Senior Technicians and Conservators with the exhibition and display of the Time Based Media artworks selected for the New Tate Modern displays. You must have technical knowledge of a wide range of media including film, video, audio and slides, as well as experience of installing time based media artworks. You will able to demonstrate the practical skills required for handling TiBM art works and for checking and servicing equipment. You must have a pragmatic approach to problem-solving and good communication skills including experience with databases, CAD and image processing programmes. You will have effective time-management skills and be able to work flexibly as part of a team or alone. This position is offered on a fixed-term contract of 7 months.


Vacancy at King's College London: Digital Curation Teaching Fellow

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Created on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 17:58

Teaching Fellow, Digital Curation 

Location: London, UK
Salary Details: Grade 6: £32,600 to £38,896 (with additional London allowance £2,323)
Position Type: Full time, fixed term
Closing date: 2 December 2015
Reference: THW/15/059639/001276

King's College London are recruiting a Teaching Fellow in Digital Curation for a 9-month full time position in the Department of Digital Humanities. The post is available from the 1st January 2016. The successful applicant will deliver excellent postgraduate and undergraduate teaching on the highly popular MA in Digital Asset and Media Management and the BA in Digital Culture. They will supervise students undertaking MA dissertations on the MA Digital Asset and Media Management as well as assisting in convening the dissertation module including running workshops in research methods, allocating students to supervisors, and providing advice, guidance and research expertise across a broad range of dissertation research topics.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent work experience in digital curation or a related field, teaching experience in Higher Education ideally at both undergraduate and Masters level, and evidence of research and expertise in the field of digital curation.

More information including details of how to apply can be found here: http://bit.ly/21sgmRE


The Digital Preservation Coalition welcomes the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as its latest associate member, October 2015

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The DPC is delighted to welcome the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Libraries and Archives Service (LSHTM) as its latest associate member. The vision of LSHTM is to be a world-leading school of public and global health to address contemporary and future critical health challenges with the aim of fostering collaborations based on mutual respect and openness to share expertise throughout the UK and worldwide.

Victoria Cranna, Archivist and Records Manger said, “The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine makes a key contribution to public health research, particularly in the fight against Malaria and Ebola. We believe that it is essential for this research to remain accessible and understandable in the long-term, so that it can continue to have value to future researchers.”

William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC added, “We are delighted to welcome LSHTM and believe that by joining the Coalition, they will continue in their goal to gain a better understanding of how to manage their digitised and born-digital materials through collaboration with other members and beyond, thus making their collection accessible for all stakeholders.”

More information about LSHTM can be found on their website: www.lshtm.ac.uk


Vacancy at The National Archives: Conservation Manager, Digitisation Services

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Created on Monday, 23 November 2015 14:38

Conservation Manager, Digitisation Services

Location: Kew, West London 
Starting Salary: £25,816
Position Type: Full-time//Permanent
Closing Date: Midnight, Friday 18th December 2015
Job Ref: 1943x

The National Archives is recruiting a Conservation Manager in its Digitisation Services Conservation Team. The Conservation Manager in Digitisation Services will be expected to manage a digitisation preparation team to deliver the conservation elements and document preparation requirements of The National Archives’ digitisation agenda. The successful applicant will be involved in end to end project planning and management in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, providing guidance on conservation treatments, timescales and appropriate scanning equipment and processes.

For more details and to apply for this position, please visit the website: http://bit.ly/1R0pyIq


Filling the Digital Preservation Gap - Webinar 25th Nov

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DPC is deligthed to invite members to an informal webinar on Wed 25th November 1300-1400 with Jen Mitcham and Simon Wilson about their current project 'Filling the Digital Preservation Gap'  For more details on how to join ths event, see the full announcement on the DPC Events Page.


The Agenda and associated papers for the 13th Annual General Meeting of the DPC in Oxford on the 30th November have been published and are now available online for members. http://www.dpconline.org/members/general-meetings (login required)


Vacancy at National Library of Ireland: Web Archive 2016 Archivist/Librarian

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Web Archive 2016: Archivist/Librarian

Location: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Salary: €30,000 per annum (€574.93 per week)
Position Type: Full-time, Fixed-term for 15 months
Closing Date: Tuesday 24th November 2015 at 17:00 hrs

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is seeking a talented, self-motivated Archivist/Librarian to work on the National Library of Ireland's 2016 web archive.

Brief Description of Position

As part of the NLI's programme for 2016 which includes the strand Remembering 1916, Recording 2016, the NLI intends to capture and preserve the content of key websites that tell the story of 2016 online. This includes the centenary commemorations of the 1916 Rising and also commemorations of the Irish experience of the Battle of the Somme. The 2016 Web Archive Project Archivist/Librarian will be responsible for working on this with NLI staff to ensure that relevant websites are identified and captured and that all aspects of the web archiving process are completed in relation to this project.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a stimulating, challenging environment, and contribute to the creation of an online record of the documentary and intellectual output of Ireland in relation to the commemorative events of 2016.

For more details on the position and to apply, please visit the website: http://www.nli.ie/vacancies


Vacancy at HATII, University of Glasgow: RDM Systems Developer

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RDM Systems Developer

Location: Glasgow
Salary: Grade 7 (£33,574- £37768) 
Position Type: Open ended, funding until 31/7/2016 in the first instance
Closing Date: 6th December 2015
Vacancy Ref: 011641

The Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow is looking for a new systems developer to join the team. The post-holder will develop a number of applications relating to research data management and curation within HATII's portfolio of research projects.  The post-holder will work collaboratively in a team of software developers across multiple partner sites, and will liaise with the wider IT group within the College of Arts to deliver quality software for HATII's projects. 

For more details on the position and to apply, please visit the website: http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/jobs/vacancies/


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