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Vacancy for Preservation Audio Engineer with the British Library

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  • Job title - Preservation Audi Engineer
  • Location - St. Pancras, London
  • Fixed Term Contract until June 2017, Part time - 2 days per week
  • £26,000 per annum (£10,400 pro rata salary)
  • Closing Date: 13 March 2016

The British Library has a part-time vacancy for a Preservation Audio Engineer to work two days per week to support the safeguarding of the British Library’s recorded sound collections as part of a large-scale preservation programme.

Main tasks will include producing digital transfers of sound recordings from endangered media in the British Library’s collections to internationally agreed standards and according to agreed targets, creating technical metadata relating to digital audio files, assessing and quality checking digital transfers and related metadata, managing digital files held on networked storage, logging digitisation work carried out and providing progress reports.

Candidates will have a relevant degree-level qualification or equivalent experience in a professional audio archive, be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of and familiarity with audio recording, playback and transfer technologies, and have an in-depth knowledge of both obsolete sound carriers and contemporary digital formats.

Applicants will have proven experience in using digital audio workstations, creating metadata relating to digital audio resources, strong IT skills and an ability to assess the quality of audio recordings by listening.

Knowledge and understanding of theories, tools and processes relating to digital preservation and experience in working with metadata formats and standards such as MARC21, RDA, XML and METS are desirable.

Visit the British Library Website for more details 


Webinar 16th March - 'Born Digital: pre or postnatal care'

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On March 16th, the second joint DPC/NCDD webinar entitled ‘Born digital: pre or postnatal care?' will take place. Dutch specialist in the field of the acquisition of born digital material, Chido Houbraken will share his own experiences with participating members. There’s limited capacity, so be sure to sign up soon.

Pre or postnatal care?

In his presentation, Chido will show the results of the NCDD project ‘Born digital collection’ that focuses on how institutions decide upon acquiring born digital collections. The project report describes the current situation in the Netherlands and also provides scenarios that can guide institutions in their future choices regarding the acquisition of born digital collections. With the aid of two case studies, Chido will also explore the consequences of the timing of preservation efforts: should we be acting right up front at the creation of born digital material, or can it wait? Lastly, participants will be invited to give their feedback on the ‘decision tree’ that is being developed to support the decision whether or not to acquire a born digital collection.

Interested? Here's what to do next:

  • Date: 16th March 2016; Time 1300-1400 (GMT)
  • Registration is not necessary for DPC members, but if you would like to reserve a place, email info [at] dpconline [dot] org
  • The webinar will use the DPC's WebEx system. To join by PC, the webinar open this link at 1255 on 16th March 2016
  • To join by phone, dial +44 (0)203 478 5289 and give the meeting number 232 306 390

More information

NCDD (the Dutch National Digital Coalition for Digital Preservation) and DPC (the British Digital Preservation Coalition) have teamed up to organize a series of monthly webinars in 2016, with alternate speakers from the British and Dutch preservation field. All webinars are recorded and made available online. Keep an eye on the agenda for upcoming webinars and other joint events.


'Preserving Transactional Data' Briefing Day, 17th March - Full Programme Announced

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Places are still available for the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and UK Data Service Briefing Day on Preserving Transactional Data. This one-day event will take place in London on 17th March and features a keynote address by author of the report 'Preserving Transactional Data' Sara Day Thomson, plus speakers from the UK Data Archive, University College London and GESIS, the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences who will discuss the issues facing long-term access to data that result from single, logical interactions with a database.

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration closes one week from now. The event is free for DPC members and ESRC Big Data Network centres. The event fee is £250 for all other attendees.

See the Full Programme and Register Now


Vacancy for Data Scientist (fixed-term) with UK Data Service

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  • Job Title - Data Scientist, UK Data Service
  • Location - Colchester
  • Job Category - Senior Support
  • Salary - £28,982-£37,768 per annum
  • Closing date - 13 March 2016
The UK Data Service is seeking two data scientists to join our Big Data team to work as part of a data team tasked with investigating strategies, methods and tools for supporting new and novel forms of data. The ability to think algorithmically in relation to handling and presenting data will be a key asset of the post holders. We are actively seeking one candidate with experience in working with large datasets in the field of energy research.
These are exciting opportunities for you to develop your portofolio of data science skills and play a key role in enhancing the way the UK Data Service appraises, quality assesses (QA), describes and brokers access to new and novel forms of data. You will contribute to developing and testing new analytics, visualisation and software tools for understanding big data for use within our Hadoop open data platform.
Finally the role will involve scoping the potential for linkage of diverse data sources through geographic and other forms of identifiers.
You will help build capacity within the UK Data Service so that knowledge about handling new and novel forms of data can feed into everyday practices and processes. Contributing to external teaching and training and journal articles are also part of the job. The end goal is to plan and develop a holistic workflow and integrated seamless user experience for accessing data and information products.
These posts are full-time and fixed term until 30th September 2017. Due to the nature of the work in the UK Data Archive applicants who are offered employment will be subject to a vetting procedure before the appointment is confirmed.
Appointment to these posts will be made at either Grade 7 or Grade 8 dependant on skills and experience.

Please use the link below for a full job description, person specification and further information relating to this post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please telephone (01206 874693/873521).

Recording now available for PERICLES ‘Sheer Curation Tools’ webinar with Christine Sauter and Fabio Corubolo

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The recording from the first in the DPC and NCDD’s webinar series with Christine Sauter and Fabio Corubolo on the PERICLES Project's Sheer Curation Tools is now available online. Members can watch the recording in the members’ area of the DPC website using their login. 


The next webinar in the series will be held on Wednesday 16th March at 2pm (GMT). More details to follow soon.


DPC York moves to Historic England offices

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We’ve moved! DPC York has moved in with our friends and colleagues at Historic England. From February 2016 you will be able to find us at 37 Tanner Row, York.


The new DPC office on Tanner Row is close to York Railway Station, providing easy access for all visiting DPC members!

The DPC team is excited about the move. “Co-locating with Historic England means we have a great chance to learn more about the digital preservation needs of one of our longest standing members, as well as benefitting from an unbeatable city centre location of course!” says Sarah Middleton.

Mike Evans, Head of Archive for Historic England is also enthusiastic, “access to digital objects is a growing priority for the Archive, so we are delighted that the DPC has moved into our York offices providing us with the opportunity to work more closely together.”

All other DPC team members can still be found at the DPC’s office in Glasgow, which is the point of contact for all administrative enquiries.

DPC members are very welcome to visit the new York office at any time - we’ll do our best to give you a tour Historic England would be proud of!

Updated contact details can be found on the DPC website.


‘Preserving Transactional Data:’ A Digital Preservation Coalition Briefing Day, London, 17th March 2016

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the UK Data Service invite you to attend a Briefing Day on ‘Preserving Transactional Data’. This one-day event will take place in London on 17th March and will discuss the issues facing long-term access to data that result from single, logical interactions with a database.

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About the event

Whether created by interactions between government database systems and citizens or by automatic sensors or machines, transactional data hold potential for future developments in consumer analytics and academic research. Reliable transactional data has the power to improve services and investments by organisations in many different sectors. For some forms of data, value accumulates over time, creating the conditions for longitudinal analysis; and conditions for relatively short lived data to offer reproducible results. To release their true value, such data sets need to be effectively curated and preserved.

This Briefing Day will bring together practitioners who work with transactional data across multiple sectors, including commercial business, data science, archives, libraries, and academic research. Speakers will address emerging trends in the development of new approaches to preserving digital objects as more than 'just data'.

The DPC will introduce its latest Technology Watch Report on Preserving Transactional Data, developed through a 15-month study in support of the ESRC's 'Big Data Network' programme, and participants will be provided with an overview of maintaining transactional data for long-term access and the associated challenges posed by forms of big data.

Evolving technologies and systems that generate transactional data introduce new questions about how to approach digital preservation and attendees will be presented with a range of case studies to represent management and preservation strategies based on end user needs and regulatory frameworks.

Topics will include:

  • legal and ethical challenges to preserving data captured for purposes other than research
  • methods for capture and curation of transactional data
  • defining the technical difficulties posed by transactional data
  • developing solutions for database management and preservation
  • restrictions to sharing and merging transactional data
  • de-identification and problems of access to transactional data
  • case studies of capture and preservation of transactional data
  • archiving to meet the needs of researchers
  • documentation of transactional data
  • collaboration for best practice and more equal access

How to register?

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close one week before the event and early booking is recommended as we expect this event will be popular. The event is free for DPC members and ESRC Big Data Network centres. The event fee is £250 for all other attendees.

The attendance fee can be paid by cash or cheque (Payable to 'Digital Preservation Coalition') on the day or in advance. If you register for a place and cancel within 7 days or don't come on the day, you will be charged a non-attendance fee of £250. We will issue receipts for all payments received.

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About the DPC

The not-for-profit DPC is an advocate for digital preservation. The coalition ensures its members can continue to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, research and best practice, and enabling sustainability through partnerships. Its primary objective is raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues.

‘Preserving Transactional Data’ is the latest in a series of popular Briefing Days which support the coalition’s objectives and provide advice on how to manage high-value and vulnerable digital resources beyond the limits of technological obsolescence.

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Capturing the Conversation: New report highlights the need to Preserve Social Media.

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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and Charles Beagrie Ltd, with the UK Data Service, release the latest in their series of Technology Watch Reports today. ‘Preserving Social Media’ by Sara Day Thomson of the DPC, provides guidance for researchers wanting to access social media for research purposes, the institutions who support them, and all organisations with a need to preserve social media data.

The report describes the landscape of archiving social media, identifying the challenges associated with this task, and just some of the strategies which might be adopted in attempting to provide long-term access to such voluminous and unwieldy content.

This newest addition to the popular Technology Watch Series was commissioned by the UK Data Service with sponsorship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of their Big Data Network Support initiative.

‘The current ownership framework around social media data is very restrictive—mostly because of platform terms of service and developer agreements as well as the exclusive access of commercial data resellers,’ explains author Sara Day Thomson. ‘However, a number of strategies and case studies provide useful and legal avenues for ensuring long-term access to this valuable content.’

The report lays out a number of approaches to the preservation of social media data—a valuable resource currently at relatively high risk of disappearance if not actively addressed. For both small and large scale needs, this report applies methods to curate and archive user-generated content captured through platforms APIs. Many of these methods derive from the work of a handful of organisations at the forefront of this new field. Though the report addresses a number of significant challenges, it focuses on new developments and growing motivation across disciples to ensure that future generations have access to social media created today. 

Neil Beagrie, editor of the Technology Watch Report series on behalf of the DPC, added ‘The preservation of social media has a wide appeal and this report is likely to be of interest not only to DPC members, but many organisations throughout the digital preservation community who face the challenge of keeping user generated content through social media accessible in the future’.

‘Preserving Social Media’ is the latest in the series of popular DPC Technology Watch Reports which support the coalition’s objectives and provide advice on how to manage high-value and vulnerable digital resources beyond the limits of technological obsolescence.

Download ‘Preserving Social Media’ now


Vacancy for a Lecturer post the University of Sheffield, Faculty of Social Sciences, Information School

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Location: Sheffield
Position Type: Full-time
Salary: £38,896 to £46,414 per annum, with potential to progress to £52,219
Job Reference: UOS012726
Closing Date: 18 February 2016

The Information School at the University of Sheffield is recognised nationally and internationally for its world-class research, excellence in teaching, and the achievements of its graduates. It is the leader in its field in the UK, achieving top-ranking positions for research environment and research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and ranked top in all previous national Research Assessment Exercises. It is a member of the international iSchools organisation, a group of leading cognate schools established to promote the role of the information field in shaping the future of the global information society.

There is a vacancy for a Lecturer within the Faculty of Social Sciences, Information School.

For more information and to apply for this position, visit the website: http://bit.ly/1PXsUHC


DPC Offers Scholarships to Members for DPTP - The Practice of Digital Preservation, 14-16 March 2016, London

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The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two scholarships to attend the upcoming March 2016 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/.

Attendance at DPTP: The Practice of Digital Preservation costs £960 per person (including VAT). However, the Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer two full scholarships which meet the costs of the course fees. Applications are welcomed from DPC members and associates. The scholarship covers all tuition fees, course materials, access to online resources, lunch and refreshments. Travel, accommodation and subsistence are not funded.

This is the twenty-first time the DPC has offered scholarships to attend DPTP. Successful applicants will be asked to help promote the course and the work of the coalition. The DPC has supported a total of eighty six scholarships to attend DPTP courses.

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.


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