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The Future of Registry Services for Digital Preservation - an invitation to DPC members

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Staff of the National Digital Heritage Archive at the National Library of New Zealand have been working on the development of a new generation of registry services for digital preservation, seeking to extend the capability and community involvement in services like Totem, Pronom and UDFR. Although relevant to the digital preservation community in Europe, this work has so far been focussed primarily on needs and uses cases from the Southern Hemisphere. 
This work is now maturing, and NLNZ is seeking better links with digital preservation practitioners in Europe, with a view to fostering participation and community ownership.  They have asked if DPC would be willing to help as this topic will interest many DPC members.  Although the ultimate aspiration would be to provide some kind of shared infrastructure, at this point they are seeking to present their work, to understand our needs and to build a little momentum.  Consequently DPC is inviting it's members to a webinar on Thursday 20th February with Steve Knight and Pete McKinney who will present their work and invite discussion from DPC members. 

If you would like to attend then please contact william_at_dpconline_dot_org.  There are 25 places available and the meeting will be recorded.


University of East London joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

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The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the University of East London as its latest member. 

‘UEL’s Library and Learning Services manage substantial and growing collections which are of long-term value, including publication and data repositories and curated digital collections’, explained Laura Mitchell, chair of the DPC.  ‘The collections are diverse in type, including digitised and born-digital materials including some 15000 images alone. The staff are committed to ensuring that these remain discoverable, authentic and useable in the long term.’

‘UEL will soon add a new research data repository to their digital infrastructure.  As a university, research and teaching outputs are highly prized, so ensuring their continued availability supports the fundamental mission of the organisation.’

‘Library and Learning Services is proud to join the Digital Preservation Coalition’, said Adjoa Boateng, Head of Information Services at the University of East London.  ‘It’s a sign of how committed we are to managing digital material on behalf of the University. By joining the DPC we will be joining a network dedicated to ensuring trustworthy and reliable access to objects of continuing value through technological changes.’

‘The University of East London is developing a tremendous track record for innovation in research data management and it’s wonderful that they have joined’, said William Kilbride of the DPC. ‘They are our sixth new member in as many months, which have included the Universities of Hull, Aberystwyth and Warwick as well as CyMAL and UEL’s near neighbour the Lloyds Banking Group.  The challenge of long term access, and the benefits of collaboration are becoming more obvious as more institutions deal with the growing importance and scale of their digital assets.’


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The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to welcome the University of Hull as its latest member.
‘Hull has made an outstanding contribution to the development of institutional repositories in the UK’, said Laura Mitchell chair of the DPC.  ‘Although they have been working in digital preservation for many years, their contributions to the ground-breaking AIMS project and Hydra tools have brought them into more direct contact with the digital preservation community lately.‘
‘Perhaps the most exciting element of their work is the way that are making their institutional infrastructure available for 3rd parties.’
‘Digital preservation has become very real for us in recent years’, explained Chris Awre, Head of Information Management at the University. ‘It has implications across the our repository and our archive service as well our academic interests.  It’s a whole new research field in its own right and we have been fortunate to be involved in a range of innovative explorations of how to manage and preserve digital collections.
‘Membership of the DPC will enable us to both share these insights and take our developments to the next level through collaboration with others, working together in this field through the Coalition.’
‘We’re delighted to welcome Hull to the Coalition, said William Kilbride of the DPC.  ‘As well as the repository and archive services, the School of Arts and New Media are developing academic programmes in digital curation, pointing to the range of expertise that they bring.
‘They are our fourth new member in as many months.  The challenges of ensuring long term access to valuable digital content, and the benefits of collaborating to ensure this, are clearly becoming evident across a range of institutions.’


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The Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer four fully-funded scholarships to attend the Digital Preservation Training Programme at the University of London Union, London, 7th–9th April 2014.

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 provides the skills and knowledge necessary for institutions to combine organisational and technological perspectives and devise an appropriate response to the challenges that digital preservation needs present. DPTP is operated and organised by the University of London Computer Centre with contributions from invited experts. 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 the Digital Preservation Training Programme costs £700 per person (excluding VAT). However, the Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer four full scholarships which meet the costs of the course. 

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 twelfth time the DPC has offered scholarships to attend the course.  Successful applicants will be asked to help promote the course and the work of the coalition. The DPC has supported a total of fifty five scholarships to attend this course.The deadline for applications is Friday 21st March at 1200.


4C at the Ninth International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC)

The 4C Project is hosting a workshop at the Ninth International Digital Curation Conference in San Francisco on 24 - 27 February 2014. The workshop will be a great opportunity to learn, communicate and influence. The 4C Project takes the cost of digital curation as its starting point but is necessarily interested in related questions such as the value and sustainability of digital assets and ultimately how to design curation to be as effective and efficient as possible with scarce resources available to support it. The IDCC conference is a valuable opportunity for the 4C Project and the community to examine how feasible it is to determine the cost of curating research data and to showcase and refine related work.

For more information see the DCC website: http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/idcc14/workshops

Please note: Early Bird registration closes today, January 31st 2014.

For further information and latest news on the 4C project visit our website at:  http://4cproject.eu/


SCAPE Consultation: Preservation Monitoring in your Teabreak

The SCAPE Project has launched a new web based consultation today and is seeking participants to help understand preservation events, threats and opportunities.

The consultation on preservation monitoring has 30 short questions which should take about 10 minutes to complete; perfect to do over your tea or coffee break this morning: http://survey.scape-project.eu/index.php/862812/lang-en

 “Anyone willing to preserve digital content will be aware of events that might constitute a relevant risk. In SCAPE we are developing tools that will allow you to detect risks before they cause any irreversible damage, “explains Luis Faria who is leading the consultation.

“We are looking for digital content owners to participate in our online consultation and help us develop tools that would help you to automatically detect problems with your own content, and events that might put it at risk.”

The SCAPE project is developing scalable services for planning and execution of institutional preservation strategies on an open source platform that orchestrates semi-automated workflows for large-scale, heterogeneous collections of complex digital objects. SCAPE will enhance the state of the art of digital preservation in three ways: by developing infrastructure and tools for scalable preservation actions; by providing a framework for automated, quality-assured preservation workflows and by integrating these components with a policy-based preservation planning and watch system. These concrete project results will be validated within three large-scale Test beds from diverse application areas.

Be part of the project and participate now! http://survey.scape-project.eu/index.php/862812/lang-en


Lloyds Banking Group joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

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The DPC is delighted to welcome Lloyds Banking Group Archives as our newest Full Member.

‘Lloyds Banking Group Archives represents the corporate memory of the group, taking in key records for permanent preservation,’ explains Helen Redmond-Cooper, Head of Archives & Museums at Lloyds. ‘We take in records of all formats, and the recent influx of digital material has brought about the beginnings of a digital preservation programme for the Group.’

‘We are keen to use our membership of the DPC to optimise this programme by learning about best practice in digital preservation from other coalition members,’ she adds, ‘and we particularly look forward to sharing our own interests and perspectives relating to the undertaking of digital curation activities in a corporate environment.’

Chair of the DPC Board, Laura Mitchell of the National Records of Scotland said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Lloyds to the DPC. As a private, financial organisation Lloyds brings a new dimension to DPC’s membership.  We have much to offer each other and Lloyds’ association with DPC promises to be of great mutual benefit.’

Communications Officer, Sarah Norris also welcomed Lloyds to the DPC. ‘We are really pleased to see the private sector becoming more involved in the coalition. With Lloyds’ links to the Business Archive Council and the ARA Section for Business Archives, we hope to encourage more businesses to join the DPC and share their own interests in digital preservation.’

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Vacancy at University of Essex UKDA: User Support and Communications Officer, Administrative Data Service

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The Administrative Data Service (ADS) is seeking a User Support and Communications Officer to provide communications for the ADS User Services function, and provide front line support for users on queries relating to data acquisition, linking, access, processing, and reporting.

The ADS is part of the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN), a highly innovative new infrastructure to facilitate linkage and analysis of routinely collected administrative data for research purposes. The ADS will act as the coordinating body for the Network, setting standards and acting as a first point of contact for all stakeholders. The ADRN was announced by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP and forms part of a major new government investment in ‘Big Data’.

The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in a relevant data using discipline. You will have excellent written and spoken communication and negotiation skills, and experience with sensitive data. Experience with user engagement or communications activities is essential.

This is a full time, fixed-term position based at the University of Essex until September 2018. Salary will be in the range of £28,132 to £30,728 per annum.

Full details including a job pack are available at the University of Essex website. Closing date is 6 February 2014.


Vacancy at the London School of Economics: Digital Library Manager

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Digital Library Manager
Salary Range: £41,451 to £47,992 p.a. inclusive
Full Time, Open-Ended
Closing Date: 23 January 2014
Interview Date: 6 February 2014

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. The Library of LSE provides one of the best social science collections in any university – supporting the research and teaching of LSE as well as opening its doors to the wider world.

The Digital Library Manager is responsible for the development and delivery of innovative digital library services, including building the collections through the capture of born-digital content and digitisation, digital preservation, and online user experience across the entire web presence of the Library. The post-holder is expected to engage with cutting-edge digital library practice in the wider community and lead the implementation of institutional solutions working with a range of specialists from across the Library.

You will have substantial knowledge and experience of the issues and developments associated with digital collections and services, ideally in an academic, arts or heritage setting. You will be familiar with technological issues but also have the ability to contribute towards strategy and policy and champion a user-led approach to the Library's web and digital content activities. With strong team management skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people you will be able to set high standards for the operational delivery of services as well as providing creative leadership as we innovate.

This is a very exciting time for LSE Library Services with the development of our digital library to acquire, preserve and provide public 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 modernisation project to enable the library to grow and flourish. This is an opportunity to be an integral part of our emerging web strategy during an exciting period of change.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Nicola Wright, Deputy Director of Library Services ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


Digital Repository Lead Developer Vacancy at the National Archives, UK

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Created on Monday, 13 January 2014 15:27

The National Archives, UK is currently advertising for a full-time, permanent Lead Developer based in Kew, West London, to deliver our new Digital Repository Infrastructure.

For details see http://tinyurl.com/kv3hme9.

Salary is up to £55,000 with a generous benefits package.

Closing date is Monday 20th January 2014 at midnight.


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