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Monday, 29 July 2013 10:36
Presentation from the DPC's most recent Briefing Day - Preserving CAD - at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in London are now available. Presentations by Alex Ball (DCC/UKLON at the University of Bath) and Sophie Herail of Airbus were recorded and will be available as a webcast in due course. For the presentation as well as a link to Alex Ball's Technology Watch Report which was launched at the briefing see: http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/64-preserving-computer-aided-design-cad?xref=70
‘Preserving CAD’ - New Tech Watch Report enables continuous access to design
The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to introduce the latest in its series of topical Technology Watch Reports, Preserving Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Written by Alex Ball, and published electronically, this report provides a comprehensive overview of the development of CAD technologies, the threat caused by its own innovative application and its vendors’ drive to add ever more features which can render valuable and strategically vital information unusable.
A specialist in digital curation at the Digital Curation Centre and UKOLN at the University of Bath, Alex writes ‘CAD is an area of constant innovation…, resulting in CAD systems that are ephemeral and largely incompatible with each other.’ The report examines the key standards, techniques and technologies developed in an attempt to slow the seemingly inevitable obsolescence associated with native CAD formats.
Having outlined some of the critical issues surrounding CAD preservation, as well as some of the potential solutions, Alex reminds us that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer to the problem. He urges anyone with an interest in the long term viability of CAD data to ‘consider an advocacy programme which raises awareness of the importance of standard formats and high quality format migration,’ with a view to providing greater interoperability and better support for CAD users.
Dr Ray Moore of the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) explains that ‘within archaeological practice CAD continues to play an important role, and this report provides useful background information that augments the recently updated Guides to Good Practice produced by ADS and Digital Antiquity.’ He elaborates, stating that ‘the report proves a useful starting point for those wishing to understand and develop preservation strategies and compliments subject specific guidelines.’
UK Principal Technical Expert in long term preservation for the aerospace sector, Sean Barker goes further, calling the report ‘compulsory reading for anyone with CAD data that they expect to last more than ten years.’
The report is primarily aimed at those responsible for managing repositories with CAD content, but will also appeal to creators of CAD content who want to make their models more amenable to preservation.
The not-for-profit DPC is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation. The coalition ensures its members can continue to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through knowledge exchange, capacity building, assurance, advocacy and partnership. Its primary objective is raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues. The DPC Technology Watch Reports support this objective through an advanced introduction to topics that have a major bearing on its vision to ‘make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.’
Read Alex Ball’s report ‘Preserving Computer-Aided Design (CAD)’ by downloading from the DPC website now: http://dx.doi.org/10.7207/twr13-02
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:19
The DPC is commissioning a second edition of its popular Technology Watch Report Series 'Preserving the Data Explosion: Using PDF' by Betsy Fanning.
The report was first released in 2008 provided a guide and discusison of the use of the PDF/A standard, newly released at the time. The report has been popular but the technologies associated with PDF/A have changed considerably since then and two new versions of the standard have been published since, most recently in 2012. The report will conclude with recommended actions for the digital preservation community, and a clear indication of the agencies or individuals that are required to take up these actions. Recommendations will include: why use PDF and/or PDF/A?; benefits, limitations and risks (e.g. to development and application); implementation and use of PDF/A; policies, best practices, and guidelines.
DPC Technology Watch Reports are specifically designed to meet the needs of our members and this topic has already been the subject of a lively briefing day and debate in March 2013 (notes available). Members are invited to comment on a draft outline of this report before it is commissioned. Comments are welcome particular by the mid August 2013. A revised, finalised outline will be published thereafter.
The draft outline is online at: http://www.dpconline.org/component/docman/doc_download/895-twrpreservingwithpdfaoutlinedraftforcommentjuly2013
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 15:43
DPC is hosting the last in its current series of members’ briefing days in London this Friday on the topic of Preserving Computer Aided Design, in part to mark the launch of the new DPC technology Watch Report of the same name by Alex Ball of UKOLN/DCC at the University of Bath. At the same time we are experimenting with a new online collaboration tool called ‘WebEx’ which will allow us to give a simple online broadcast of events to invited guests. So the DPC is looking for volunteers from among its members who might be interested in the subject and want to try this out.
The webcast will cover the first two presentations in the morning and, because this is a bit experimental we will be restricting numbers and asking for clear evaluation from those who participate. It’s also our intention to record the session and make it available post-fact to members.
The programme for the webcast is as follows:
1015 - Check-in and registration for offsite participants (Sharon McMeekin, off site)
1030 - Welcome and introductions (William Kilbride, DPC on site)
1035 - Preserving CAD: an overview (Alex Ball University of Bath / DCC/ UKOLN on site)
1115 - LOTAR and European Aerospace Industry (Jean-Yves Delaunay, off site)
Thereafter - Brief discussion
1145 - end of webcast, event continues
All times UK time
If you are interested, please contact william_at_dpconline.org further details. Latest possible expressions of interest please by 2200 on Thursday 25th.
Full details of the programme for the briefing day are available online at: http://www.dpconline.org/events/details/64-preserving-computer-aided-design-cad?xref=70
Vacancy at LSE Library: Digital Library Developer
Digital Library Developer
Post Type: Permanent, Full-Time
Location: Central London
Salary: £32,469 - £39,276 per annum inclusive
Closing date: 4 August 2013
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. LSE Library has been developing its digital library services for several years and we are now seeking a second Digital Library Developer to join a team of technical and domain experts building our digital collections for the future.
LSE Digital Library provides capacity for the collection, preservation, and online delivery of a range of digital collections, including digitised manuscripts and maps, audio-visual content such as prominent public lectures, the repository of LSE research outputs, digital archives of individuals and organisations, and official publications. Over the next few years we will be exploring new forms of collecting, including web harvesting and social media, as well as new forms of interaction such as geo-discovery, mobile, semantic data mining, and visualisations.
The Digital Library team works end-to-end through user research, prototyping, development, test, and deploy. You will work alongside one other Developer, a Systems Administrator, and a User Experience Architect to identify and adapt open-source technologies, and contribute code and new tools back to the community. You will also be a key member of the cross-library working group of collection, metadata, resource discovery, and preservation experts who are transforming the way the library collects and makes material available in the digital world.
This is a very exciting time for LSE Library with the development of our digital library to acquire, preserve and provide access to digital collections, the introduction of the Women’s Library @ LSE – Europe’s largest collection of material relating to the lives of women – together with a building development project to enable the library service to grow and flourish. This is an opportunity to be an integral part of our emerging digital strategy during a period of significant change in the Library’s history.
In addition to a good salary the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.
To apply for this post please go to lse.ac.uk/JobsAtLSE and select “Vacancies”.
Applications must be received by 4 August 2013 (midnight UK time). Regrettably, we cannot accept any applications received after this date. The provisional interview date is 21 August 2013.
DPC releases 2nd edition of popular 'Preservation Metadata' Technology Watch Report
The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) releases its latest in the series of topical Technology Watch Reports today. The second edition of ‘Preservation Metadata,’ written by Brian Lavoie and Richard Gartner, focuses on new developments in preservation metadata, since the last report, made possible by the emergence of PREMIS as a de facto international standard.
Specialists in the field of electronic information provision for digital preservation at OCLC Research and the Centre for e-Research at Kings College London, Brian and Richard pick up from the first edition of the report, reminding us ‘it is no exaggeration to assert that preservation metadata, and the PREMIS Data Dictionary in particular, have become part of best practice underpinning responsible long-term stewardship of digital materials.’
The report goes on to outline key implementation topics that have emerged since the publication of the PREMIS Data Dictionary, including community outreach, packaging, tools, PREMIS implementations in digital preservation systems and implementation resources.
Neil Beagrie, Director of Charles Beagrie Ltd and Managing Editor of the DPC Technology Watch Reports praises the new edition, noting that it “is a deservedly popular report first published in 2005 …extensively updated to reflect developments over the past eight years in preservation metadata practice.”
Adrian Brown, Director of the Parliamentary Archives concurs, calling it ‘an excellent report, clearly and accessibly written, neutral, thorough, and fulfilling the brief. It is likely to be of interest to the DPC membership, and also to a much wider audience.'
’The report will be well received by digital preservation practitioners interested in learning about the key developments in preservation metadata, especially as these developments concern the PREMIS Data Dictionary; and will appeal to anyone seeking to learn more about the general topic of preservation metadata.
The not-for-profit DPC is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation. The coalition ensures its members can continue to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through knowledge exchange, capacity building, assurance, advocacy and partnership. Its primary objective is raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues. The DPC Technology Watch Reports support this objective through an advanced introduction to topics that have a major bearing on its vision to ‘make our digital memory accessible tomorrow'.
The second edition of ‘Preservation Metadata’ is the latest in the state of the art Technology Watch Reports that give an advanced introduction to ensuring that high-value and vulnerable digital resources can be managed beyond the limits of technological obsolescence.
Read Brian Lavoie and Richard Gartner’s report ‘Preservation Metadata’ by downloading from the DPC website: http://dx.doi.org/10.7207/twr13-03
'Open Data' Presentation Slides now available online
Slides from our Open Data Briefing Day in York on Friday 5th July are now available online. A huge thank you to our speakers for coming to talk to us, many at short notice, and providing a comprehensive overview of this topical issue, from various perspectives. Thank you also to our attendees for some engaging discussion and debate, and making the day a resounding success. Your feedback has been very positive too with many people commenting on the quality and range of the speaker sessions.
Preserving E-Books - consultation opens for new DPC Technology Watch Report
The DPC is adding another new report for its popular Technology Watch Report Series on the topc of 'Preserving E-Books'. The report - to be commissioned from Amy Kirchoff and Sheila Morrissey of Portico, will provide a guide to current developments, practical and emerging issues which organisations are facing in preserving eBooks. Issues to be addressed include: eBook ownership and licensing, copyright, Variant editions, maximising accessibility, packaging and partitioning eBooks, eBooks as networked content, formats for preservation, preserving scanned books, legal deposit, privacy and business models for sustainable preservation.
DPC Technology Watch Reports are specifically designed to meet the needs of our members. So members are invited to comment on a draft outline of this report before it is commissioned. Comments are welcome particular by the end of July 2013. A revised, finalised outline will be published in August 2013.
The draft outline is online at: http://www.dpconline.org/component/docman/doc_download/892-twrebooksoutlinedraftforcommentjuly2013 [PDF login required]
Vacancy at DANS: Project Acquisition Manager (0.8FTE)
Project Acquisition Manager
Post Type: Fixed Term (2 years) Part time (0.8FTE)
Location: The Hague
Salary: €3,227 - €4,418 per month (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch universities, scale 11)
Closing Date: 18/07/2013
DANS promotes sustained access to digital research data. For this purpose, DANS encourages researchers to archive and reuse data in a sustained manner, e.g. through the online archiving system EASY. DANS also provides access, via NARCIS.nl, to thousands of scientific datasets, e-publications and other research information in the Netherlands. In addition, the institute provides training and advice, and performs research into sustained access to digital information. Driven by data, DANS ensures that access to digital research data keeps improving, through its services and by taking part in national & international projects and networks. DANS is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
For a two-year period we require the services of an enthusiastic Project Acquisition Manager working 30.4 hours per week (0.8 FTE) (Vacancy number DANS-MPP-2013-06-NL)
Where will you be working? DANS is a growing organisation, which currently employs a staff of 50. DANS provides services to various national and international research infrastructures enabling researchers to archive and share their research data. DANS participates in a wide variety of national and international projects.
What will you be doing?
- You will be seeking national and international funding opportunities for new projects.
- Often in collaboration with external partners, you will coordinate the realisation of project proposals and draw up these proposals with the relevant DANS content experts.
- You will provide project budgets in terms of time as well as money.
- You will maintain and expand a lively network of potential project funders and partners.
- In addition to acquiring projects, coordinating and supervising projects may also be part of your responsibilities.
What do we expect from you?
- You hold a university degree.
- You have knowledge of digital developments in science (eScience, eHumanities).
- You are familiar with the national and international funding landscape surrounding DANS.
- You have a relevant and large, national and international network.
- You have extensive experience in acquiring, setting up and coordinating national and international projects.
- You are a good negotiator, a fast switcher, and you are used to working against tight deadlines.
- You possess good writing and editing skills.
- You have a good command of both written and spoken English.
What will you earn? Depending on your age and experience, your gross salary will be between €3,227 and €4,418 per month (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch universities, scale 11) on a full-time, 38-hour basis. This will be a temporary appointment for two years.
Where is your workplace? DANS is located at the Anna van Saksenlaan in The Hague, within walking distance of Laan van NOI Station.
Registration for 'Open Data' Briefing Day - 5th July 2013, York Science Park - NOW OPEN
Monday, 24 June 2013 12:53
Registration has now opened for our much anticipated briefing day on the topic of ‘Open Data’ at York Science Park on Friday 5 July.
This briefing day is in response to a call for more information on the subject from members following the release of the first White Paper in 2012, and how this new potential may be addressed and/or harnessed. More recently still, the movement is gathering pace with Stephan Shakespeare’s Review in May this year, as well as the Government’s own response to that review, the recent EU Directive, and the G8 Open Data Charter released just days ago.
This DPC briefing day will follow our Director's Group Meeting on Thursday 4th July, and aims to provide an overview of the subject of Open Data, presenting participants with some of the relevant implications from these recent activities. Leaders in the field will be invited to foreground their own work and their practical concerns about Open Data, and recent case studies will demonstrate how a selection of organisations have managed the concept. Participants will be invited to reflect on their own needs and an extended discussion will follow.
- Invitation to join the 4C workshop: “What does it cost? – EU to Assess the Cost of Digital Curation”
- New ‘Preservation Metadata (Second Edition)’ Technology Watch Report released to DPC members
- Member Registration Open for 'Preserving CAD' Event - IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London - 26th July 2013
- Presentations from Getting Started in Digital Preservation (Aberystwyth) now published
- Vacancy at King's College London: Research Associate (Digital Preservation)
- New web-archiving report tackles 'moving target' of preserving digital memory
- Vacancy at Trinity College Dublin / Digital Repository of Ireland: Systems and Storage Developer
- The 4C consultation is now open!
- Vacancy at the British Library: Digital Preservation Officer
- Vacancy at The National Archives: Development Lead for Digital Records Infrastructure
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