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Vacancy at The British Library: Repository Manager

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Come and join us as custodians of the UK's national collection of digital content

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to work at the cutting edge of repository management and help ensure the Library can preserve its digital collections far into the future. Working closely with colleagues from across the Library, you will be part of our Digital Preservation Team and be a leading source of expertise in long term system management. You’ll work with colleagues to ensure our repository infrastructure and processes are of sufficiently high quality to meet the Library’s legal obligations and support us in our role as the nation’s digital cultural memory. 

The successful candidate will care about the longevity of the British Library’s digital material and be motivated to work with both content owners and technical colleagues to manage the day to day running of the repository and keep watching watchful eye over repository development initiatives. You will be educated to degree level in a relevant discipline and your knowledge and experience with preserving digital collections will be of particular importance.

This is a fixed term post for two years, based at Boston Spa. The post holder will be expected to travel on occasion, either to other Library sites, nationally, or internationally.

Closing date: 19th February 2015.

 For more details and to apply, visit bit.ly/163VyYN 


iPres2015, Call for Papers Announced

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iPRES is the premier international conference on the preservation and long term management of digital materials. The iPRES 2015 will be held on November 2-6, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Contributions are currently being sought that present research and innovative practice in digital preservation.

The iPRES 2015 conference is seeking contributions from research and innovative practice in digital preservation.  For more details see:


Vacancy at Strathclyde University: Institutional Repository Support Assistant (open contract)

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The University of Strathclyde has a commitment to boldness and innovation as part of its core institutional values, and we believe that our engagement with Open Access and repository development is a significant example of this commitment. Therefore, in furtherance of these values, the Library and Information Resources of the University is now seeking to appoint an Institutional Repository Support Assistant to work on materials and records deposited in the Institutional Repository.

The role will include the use of both PURE (the University’s research information system) and Strathprints (the Library’s Open Access Institutional Repository). The work involves validating metadata, including correcting, generating and approving metadata, which describes a wide variety of scholarly outputs. You will need to be able to understand and interpret research funder Open Access deposit policies, have some knowledge of copyright matters, liaise with academic departmental administrators and authors, and be able to manipulate digital files. An attention to detail and the ability to work with colleagues across the department are key requirements for the post. You will have a good general education to SCE Higher or equivalent. A recognised qualification in information management would be an advantage. Some experience of working with research data or publications, including online record creation and amendment to a high level of accuracy, would also be an advantage.

There may be a requirement for the post-holder to carry out late evening and weekend shift duties on a rota basis.

For full details of the post and to apply online, please visit: http://goo.gl/PZem9J

To request an application pack, contact Human Resources, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XQ, tel 0141 553 4133, quoting ref: 14533.

Closing Date Sunday, 15 February 2015.


DPC Offers Scholarships for the Digital Preservation Training Programme, March 2015

Created on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 15:05

The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two fully funded scholarships to attend the upcoming March 2015 instance of ULCC’s intermediate level Digital Preservation Training Programme – The Practice of Digital Preservation at Senate House, University of London, London.

The Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) is designed for all those working in institutional information management who are grappling with fundamental issues of digital preservation. It has recently been redesigned and is now offered as two separate courses: an introductory course and an intermediate course.  The two scholarships offered in this call are for the 3-day intermediate level course.

The Practice of Digital Preservation is aimed at those practitioners who are already working in digital preservation and who wish to broaden their working knowledge of the field. It is ideal for practitioners in all sectors who want to know more about applying practices in their day-to-day work. This practitioner course builds on and complements the Introduction to Digital Preservation. Students who attend are expected to be familiar with the OAIS Model, its concepts, and its terminology. It also aims to give students confidence in continuing to maintain their own current awareness afterwards through further reading, future professional development training and continuing to develop their own practical skills through their own continued experience of engaging with digital preservation.

DPTP is operated and organised by the University of London Computer Centre and is working towards conformance with the skills and competency levels defined by the DigCurV Curriculum Framework. It is supported by the Digital Preservation Coalition which originally helped to establish the course in 2005. There is more detail about the course online at http://www.dptp.org/.

See the attached announcement giving details of this programme or visit the ULCC/ DPTP website for details of the course. Please use the scholarship application form when applying for this grant.


HSBC Archives joins the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)

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The DPC is delighted to welcome HSBC Archives as its most recent member. 

HSBC's archives are one of the most important business collections in the world. The archives contain the historical records not only of HSBC, but also of many of the banks which have been acquired by HSBC and its predecessor companies.

‘HSBC Archives are pleased to join the DPC,’ says James Mortlock, Digital Archives Manager at HSBC. ‘We have recently launched our global digital archives system and hope to use our membership to broaden our knowledge of new approaches to digital preservation and learn and share best practice with fellow DPC members.

‘The addition of HSBC Archives to the DPC is tremendous news’, said Laura Mitchell, Chair of the DPC and Deputy Keeper of the Records of Scotland. ‘We are happy to see more banks and businesses joining the coalition, and look forward to their membership adding a new perspective on digital curation from within a corporate environment.’

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Vacancy at Sheffield University: Digital Preservation Manager

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Digital Preservation Manager
Location: Sheffield
Salary: grade 7 (£29,552 to £37,394 per annum)
Closing Date: 16th Feb 2015
Position Type: Fixed term (18months) Full Time

The University of Sheffield Library is one of the UK’s leading academic libraries. As well as supporting the research, learning and teaching activities of the University of Sheffield, it provides library services for the NHS in South Yorkshire through its Health Sciences Library.

The University Library operates from 4 staffed sites: the Western Bank Library; the Information Commons; St George’s Library, and the Health Sciences Library.As part of its strategic planning, the Library is seeking to safeguard future access to the University’s digital outputs by means of a digital preservation system supported by appropriate policy and service delivery. The Library, along with internal stakeholders, will be adopting a full life cycle approach to digital preservation informed by the OAIS Reference Model. The University is currently out to tender for a digital preservation system with the intention of completing the procurement in the 2014-15 financial year.

Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, you will lead and directly support a strategic approach to the establishment of the University’s sustainable and robust digital preservation programme, starting with the implementation of the selected digital preservation system.

Educated to degree level, you will be able to think strategically as well as deliver operationally, be well organised and proactive, experienced in planning and managing projects, and will possess excellent communication and diplomacy skills. You will be enthusiastic about digital preservation and able to advocate and lead change in this developing area.

For more information see:  http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AKL498/digital-preservation-manager/


Early bird registration and DPC member discount available for DAM (Digital Asset Management) Europe 2015 event

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This year’s DAM (Digital Asset Management) Europe 2015 event will take place in London on 25-26 June, bringing a new and updated line up of speakers and sessions, topics and technologies. This is the premier destination for all DAM find out about the current happenings and future trends in the industry.

Subjects covered will include:

  • DAM in 2015: what will last and what will crumble?
  • How to select (or replace) a Digital & Media Asset Management System
  • DAM Governance and Stewardship
  • DAM and Web 3.0
  • Asset Rights Clearance an Important Next Step in the DAM Lifecycle
  • Developing DAM workflow solutions without IT
  • DAM Industry Surveys: How is DAM evolving? What are your peers saying? 

Two good pieces of news:

  1. There’s a super early bird discount of £200 for all registrations until 27 March 2015.
  2. All Digital Preservation Coalition members can save an extra £100 with special code “DPC100”

For full event details, speakers and to register, please refer to the event website: http://www.henrystewartconferences.com/dameu2015


Recording from DPC 'Digital Preservation in Action' with Johan van der Knijf on Jpylyzer now available

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The recording from the next in our series of DPC 'Technology Bytes' with Johan van der Knijf on the Jpylyzer tool is now available online. Members can watch the recording of Johan's presentation in the members area of the DPC website using their login. 


Vacancy at the University of Melbourne: Research Data Curator

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Research Data Curator
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Position Type: Permananent, Full Time
Salary: 90,341– 97,783 AUD p.a. plus 17% superannuation
Closing date: Friday 13 February 2015 (AEDT – Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

The University of Melbourne is advertising for a Research Data Curator to work within the Research group at Research & Collections (University LIbrary). This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research.The successful candidate will be a highly flexible, collaborative and innovative individual, committed to providing the best possible service to our research community. The role requires a range of operational and project-based activities that will advance the Library’s strategic objectives for expanded research data identification, management, curation and preservation support, tools and services.

  • For more details and to submit an application, see: http://jobs.staff.unimelb.edu.au/ci/en/job/885097/research-data-curator
  • For enquiries, contact: Leo Konstantelos, Tel: +61 3 90356125, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

DPC members invited to take part in new VeraPDF Project Webinar for Review of Functional Specification - Tuesday 3rd February 2015

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), with the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF), the PDF Association, Dual Lab and KEEP SOLUTIONS – otherwise known as the VeraPDF Consortium – have been awarded a PREFORMA first phase design contract under the PDF/A strand and are seeking consultation for phase 1 of the project.

PREFORMA (PREservation FORMAts for culture information/e-archives) is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission, under its FP7-ICT Programme. PREFORMA’s objective is to develop open source validation tools for three file format standards including PDF, TIFF and a video format to support long-term preservation in memory institutions. For more information click here.

Starting work in November 2014, the VeraPDFa Consortium is gathering requirements from our collective members and the community in memory institutions and industry to build an authoritative conformance checker for PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3.

The proposed software architecture will be presented to the PREFORMA panel in March 2015. The panel will then make a further selection amongst suppliers from phase 1 (research) to proceed to phase 2 (development).

As part of the phase 1 consultation, the OPF is holding a webinar to gather feedback on the functional specification of the validator tool, particularly on the policy requirements for memory institutions. The project is still in the competitive design phase of the PREFORMA call to tender and would like to ensure that our documentation represents real requirements, endorsed by our collective members, to increase our chance to proceed to phase 2 of the project. If we are successful in progressing to phase 2, we will then be in a position to take in to account your requirements when building the PDF/A validator.

DPC members, and particularly any specialists and enthusiasts on the subject of PDF validation, are invited to attend this webinar to present the VeraPDF functional specification and other documentation for your feedback. 

Overview of the Webinar

  • Introduction and context
  • Overview of validator and the functional specification (focussing on policy checking)
  • Discussion and feedback

The webinar will take place on Tuesday 3 February at 12 noon GMT / 13:00 CET and will last approximately one hour. The webinar will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend at this time. 

The documents will be circulated in advance to allow time for review before the webinar.


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