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'Technology Bytes: Tools and Services for Digital Preservation in Bite-Sized Chunks' - Session two 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 next week and take place every two weeks until June:

  • Wednesday 26th March, 1pm - Matthew Addis, Arkivum: Registration now closed
  • Wednesday 9th April, 4pm - Courtney 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 second session with Artefactual on Wednesday 9th Aprilhttp://www.dpconline.org/events/details/76-procuring-preservation-vendor-webinar-series?xref=84%3AArtefactual

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.

   

Last few places remaining for 'Technology Bytes: Tools and Services for Digital Preservation in Bite-Sized Chunks' with Matthew Addis from Arkivum

Registration closes today for the first in the series of the DPC’s ‘Technology Bytes: Tools and Services for Digital Preservation in Bite-Sized Chunks’ Webinar Series. The first session, which will be brought to us by Matthew Addis from Arkivum, will take place on Wednesday 26th March at 1pm.

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 but there are still a few remaining. For more details and to register, see the DPC website: 
http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/76-procuring-preservation-vendor-webinar-series?xref=83%3AArkivum

Registration will close at 5pm this afternoon.

   

Created on Monday, 17 March 2014 14:36

The University of Hull and Trinity College Dublin invite fellow DPC members to the forthcoming Hydra Europe Symposium and HydraCamp Europe event, taking place in April at Trinity College, Dublin.  Details and booking information can be found at the links below.

Hydra offers a core repository solution which can be adapted to meet different needs.  It is open source software released under the Apache 2.0 licence, originally developed by the Hydra Project.  The Project now has 21 Partners and a wide range of users internationally working together as a community to add to Hydra's capability.  The events will showcase European work with Hydra and how the community can support local implementation.  In brief, the events will address the following themes.

Hydra Europe Symposium:

A non-technical lunchtime to lunchtime event for collection managers and owners to learn about Hydra and how it can support a wide range of digital content management needs.

  • What Hydra is and how it sits in relation to other digital repository solutions
  • Why use Hydra
  • How Hydra is being used to address a wide variety of digital content management needs (see http://projecthydra.org for an overview), including institutional repository, multimedia and digital preservation use cases, plus looking at research data management options
  • How to get going with Hydra
  • What the Hydra community is, how it works, and how it can support local implementations
  • Where Hydra is going in the future and how it will develop

Bookings - https://hydra-europe-symposium2014.eventbrite.co.uk

HydraCamp Europe:

A technical training event that enables developers to learn about Hydra and how to get up and running with a local solution.

  • Get up and running with Hydra technically
  • Hear about the components of the software and how they can be used - putting it into practice under the guidance of expert trainers
  • Learn about the Hydra development community and the software development processes this uses to ensure quality across institutional contributions
  • Explore options and address your needs
  • Leave with confidence to be able to take forward your own Hydra implementation

Bookings - https://hydracamp-europe2014.eventbrite.com

For more information on Hydra, please visit http://projecthydra.org or contact: Chris Awre (University of Hull), Dermot Frost (Trinity College Dublin), Anders Sparre Conrad (Royal Library of Denmark) of  Mark Bussey (Data Curation Experts)

   

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/socialmediasurveyforarchivists

   

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

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'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

   

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