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What's New - Issue 56, April 2014

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In this issue:

  • What's On - Forthcoming events from April 2014 onwards
  • What's New - New reports and initiatives
  • What's What - Preserving the Pause: the TIMBUS Approach to Digital Preservation, Paul Gooding, DPC
  • DPC Member Report - Digital Preservation in Parliament, Christopher Fryer, Parliamentary 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


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Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Systems Developer
Salary Range: £31521.05 - £36992.94 per annum
Post type: Full Time, Fixed-Term for 2 Years
Location: Glasgow
Closing Date: 11th May 2014

This is the key post in the development and delivery of the Kelvin Hall Online Portal that represents the state of the art in cross collection searching and content delivery. The post-holder will design, develop, implement and evaluate a Portal that will provide public access to the collections of Glasgow Museums, The Hunterian and the Scottish Screen Archive. Duties include designing and developing databases, websites and web-based services conforming to a very high standard of accessibility, including optimisation for mobile devices, and documentation. This post will help progress the project partners’ reputations as world-class providers of innovative online access to cultural heritage resources and services.

For more information see: http://bit.ly/1kbqHZv


Created on Monday, 28 April 2014 09:07

Registration is now open for the next in the series of the DPC’s ‘Technology Bytes: Tools and Services for Digital Preservation in Bite-Sized Chunks’ Series. The fourth session, which will be brought to us by Martin Springell from Tessella / Preservica, will take place on Wednesday 7th May at 1300.

Following the success of our 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 only to this webinar series where vendors and tool developers will present the tools they currently support and their plans for the future.

Individually, each webinar will privilege members with a deep dive into the latest tools and an insight into technology trends. They will help members assess 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 cross-question developers. Collectively the series will ensure that DPC members have a comprehensive catalogue of the digital preservation market place, shortening the routes to procurement of digital preservation services and matching product development to their needs.

Places are limited and registration is essential, for members-only. For more details and to register, see:



Vacancy at University of Edinburgh, Library and University Collections

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Digital Preservation Curator
Salary Range: £30,728 to £36,661 per annum
Post type: Full Time, Fixed-Term for 2 Years
Location: Edinburgh
Closing Date: 8th May 2014

The Digital Preservation Curator will take the lead on the development and management of a Digital Strong Room as a trusted digital repository for collecting, preserving, and providing access to the born-digital and digitised archival collections. With a degree and postgraduate qualification in library, archival, or information science and a track-record of applying this within a digital environment, you should have the ability to work with diverse project partners and others.

For more information see: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk (Ref: 029037)


Vacancy at Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

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Digital Scholarship Support Officer
Salary Range: Grade 7 - £29,837 - £36,661 p.a.
Post type: Full Time, Fixed-Term for 2 Years
Location: Oxford
Closing Date: 1st May 2014

The Bodleian Libraries is seeking a Digital Scholarship Support Officer to establish a new research data archiving service. This is a key post working in the rapidly growing and strategically important area of research data management (RDM). You will be expected to deliver reliable, user-centric services within an environment of rapid change and external statutory requirements. You will be a central point of contact for Oxford researchers and students seeking digital scholarship services.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wishes to work in this new and rapidly developing area of digital academic libraries. Applications are invited from candidates with demonstrable experience in front line service support and in establishing production services.

You will have experience of delivering excellent services to a wide range of users, and a sound understanding of research data management principles. The postholder must demonstrate co-operative and collaborative working as part of a wider team to meet departmental and institutional strategic objectives.

For more information see: http://bit.ly/1fdnht8


Informal Notes from Digital Cultural Heritage Roadmap Project meeting now available

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Informal notes from the DCH-RP project Concertation Workshop in Tallinn in April 2014 are now available for DPC members.

http://www.dpconline.org/members/conference-reports (Login Required)

DCH-RP is a coordination action supported by EC FP7 e-Infrastructures Programme, launched to look at best practice for preservation standards in use. The project aim to harmonize data storage and preservation policies in the digital cultural heritage sector; to progress a dialogue and integration among institutions, e-Infrastructures, research and private organisations; to identy models for the governance, maintenance and sustainability of the integrated  infrastructure for digital preservation of cultural content. It involves 13 partners from EU countries and will move to external partners from Europe and other countries.

These notes are intended to provide an informal briefing for members of the DPC not able to attend in person.  They only represent the sessions that WK was able to attend was able to make notes.  For an authoritative and comprehensive report, readers are encouraged to contact the organisers or speakers directly.


Our digital memories tomorrow – the Digital Preservation Awards 2014

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The Digital Preservation Coalition and partners is delighted to announce that nominations for the Digital Preservation Awards 2014 are now open!

Created in 2004 to raise awareness about digital preservation, the Digital Preservation Awards are the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organisations that have made significant and innovative contributions to ensuring our digital memory is accessible tomorrow.

‘In its early years, the Digital Preservation Award was a niche category in the Conservation Awards’, explained William Kilbride of the DPC.  ‘But in each round the judges have been impressed by the increasing quality, range and number of nominations.  Last time we added two new awards. This time there will be five. The expansion is a direct result of the growth in importance and sophistication of digital preservation solutions.’

‘We run these awards for the whole community of people interested in digital preservation.  So we’re asking that whole community to spread the word and to support the awards.’ 

The Award for Research and Innovation celebrates significant technical or intellectual accomplishments which lower the barriers to effective digital preservation.  It will be presented to the project, initiative or person that has produced a tool, framework, standard or idea that has (or will have) the greatest impact in ensuring our digital memory is available tomorrow. Won in 2012 by the PLANETS project, this year the award is being sponsored by the Open Planets Foundation (OPF), the successor body to the award winning project.

‘We’re excited to be associated with the awards this year’, said Ed Fay of the OPF ‘and we’re delighted that this award retains such a realistic focus.  Digital preservation could not progress without innovative and practical problem solving.  This work is often taken for granted, so it’s important that we celebrate it properly.’

Recognising the international reach of the awards, the Award for Teaching and Communications is being sponsored by the Dutch Digital Preservation Coalition Nationale Coalitie Digitale Duurzaamheid or NCDD).  This award celebrates campaigner that raise awareness about the need for digital preservation and those who have contributed by offering specialist training.

The University of London won this award in 2012 for their Digital Preservation Training Programme. Richard Davis of the university’s computer centre reflected on the experience saying, “it was great to receive recognition for our work, and to be assured that the training our students are receiving is respected in the digital preservation community. This has given us the confidence to go on to invest in, develop and improve the programme since then."

2014 sees the introduction of three new awards namely ‘The DPC Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation,’ ‘The DPC Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy’ and ‘The DPC Award for the Most Outstanding Digital preservation Initiative in Industry.’

‘Of the new awards, I am most excited by the student award’, said Sharon McMeekin, Head of Training and Skills at the DPC.  ‘The workforce is going to need new kinds of competencies to deal with new kinds of problems. Universities and colleges are making important strides in providing students with these new skills.  We are keen to encourage and identify the next generation of leaders who will make digital preservation mainstream.’
The Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy has been introduced to celebrate the practical application of preservation tools to protect at-risk digital objects.

‘In the last few years digital preservation has moved from a research topic to a practical reality’ explained Maureen Pennock of the British Library.  ‘This means our processes are maturing and that we’re poised to have a greater impact on people’s experience of digital objects.  Concrete efforts to safeguard the digital legacy will bring great rewards, and practitioners who undertake them deserve to be celebrated.’
The Award for the Most Outstanding Digital preservation Initiative in Industry recognises the development of digital preservation made in more and more commercial or industrial contexts.

‘We’re of the view that digital preservation is a concern for all, but it’s noticeable that case studies of good practice from commercial or industrial settings are all too rare, said William Kilbride of the DPC.  ‘Commercial entities are not motivated to share their experiences.  But we also know that digital processes can have a profound impact on creating extending new kinds of business.  For example ‘big data’ has driven innovation in the economy; the clever deployment of legacy digital assets has opened up a ‘long tail’ of commerce.  These and other innovations are only sustainable because practical preservation measures are in place and we’d like to hear more about them.’

In 2012 a special award was given to mark the tenth anniversary of the DPC.  The DPC Decennial Award was won by the Archaeology Data Service. ‘ADS were thrilled to be named the winner of the DPC Decennial Award 2012, said Catherin Hardman ADS’s Deputy Director. ‘To be judged as deserving by so many respected peers within the digital preservation community made the recognition even more meaningful. Our raised profile since the award has been instrumental in us remaining of the 'go to' places for digital preservation as the repository landscape continues to change and develop.”

The Digital Preservation Awards are open to all. There is no restriction on public or private sector and there is no restriction to whether the applicant is a member of the DPC or where they are based. 

The Digital Preservation Awards have been celebrating excellence for 10 years now and is being supported by some leading organisations in the field including the NCDD and Open Planets Foundation. Hosted by the Wellcome Trust, their newly refurbished London premises will add to the glamour of the awards ceremony on Monday 17th November.

The finalists and winners will attract significant publicity and a deserved career boost, both at organisation and individual level. Those who walk away with a Digital Preservation Award on the night can be proud to claim to be amongst the best projects and practitioners within a rapidly growing and international field.

Full criteria for each category and the rules of entry are provided on the DPC website:

The deadline for entries is 28th July 2014, so to be in with a chance of gaining recognition for all your hard work, enter the Digital Preservation Awards 2014 today.


Created on Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:48

We're pleased to announce that the video of our recent 'Technology Bytes' Session with Courtney Mumma of Artefactual is now available for DPC members online at:


… remember that you need a user name and password to access this.  If you need to register then you can do that online at:



Vacancy at King's College London: PhD Studentship

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PhD Studentship in Digital Humanities / Information Management
Salary Range: Stipend and fees
Post type: Full Time
Location: London
Closing Date: 31st May 2014

Technical Narratives: method, purpose, use and value in the technical description and analysis of software-based artApplications are invited for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Partnership Award at King’s College London and Tate, to investigate two main questions: How are software-based artworks to be described and represented for the purposes of preservation, understanding and access? What constitutes technical art history for software-based artworks?

The term ‘software-based artwork’ refers to art where software is the primary artistic medium. These works form complex systems exhibiting a range of dependencies on changing hardware, commercial software, interfaces or technological environments. Software-based artworks may include bespoke elements coded by the artist or their programmer, and many are interactive or involve complex systems that exhibit particular behaviour, such as responding to a visitor or searching for keywords on the internet.

We invite applications from candidates from a range of different backgrounds, which may include conservation, digital preservation, digital humanities, information science, computer science or curatorial practice. Successful applicants will normally have a good first degree (at least 2.1, or international equivalent) in a relevant field, and will have obtained or be currently working towards a Masters degree at Merit level (or international equivalent) in a relevant field. If English is not a candidate’s native language, he or she will also need to satisfy the English language entry requirements of King’s College London.

For more information see: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/graduate/funding/database/index.php?action=view&id=563


Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:57

The EC-finded  E-Ark Project (www.eark-project.eu) is conducting a survey on best practice in digital preservation online at:


The Project will collect information about current solutions for digital archiving in Europe. You can help us to understand the methods, tools and standards which are relevant to you. Your feedback will be analysed and the outcome will be included in our published best practice recommendations for digital preservation.  We will write to inform you when these are published and where you can download them. All answers are anonymised so no information which you provide will be publicly attributed to your institution.All memory institutions, digital preservation or electronic records management solution providers and other related parties are welcome to participate. Questions are categorized by responder’s type. This means that you shouldn’t be bothered with questions that aren’t relevant for you.

As the survey has focused questions it should take about 15 minutes to complete. We would be grateful if you could complete the survey before April 30. Your participation will make an important contribution to improvement in digital preservation practices. Please feel free to invite colleagues to take part in this survey.

For more information about E-Ark see: www.eark-project.eu


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