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‘Cache in the Attic’ by William Kilbride
Deadline approaching to apply for DPTP Scholarships in May 2013
Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00
The deadline is approaching for DPC members to apply for three fully-funded scholarships to attend the Digital Preservation Training Programme at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 20th-22nd May 2013. Applications are due by 1200 on 3rd May.
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. Attendance at the Digital Preservation Training Programme costs £650 per person (excluding VAT). However, the Digital Preservation Coalition is pleased to offer three 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 tenth 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 forty six scholarships to attend this course
Vacancy at National Library of Scotland: Digital Preservation Officer
Digital Preservation Officer
Position type: Full time, Permanent
Closing Date: 13th May 2013
Salary: Band 6, £27,420 - £31,788
An exciting opportunity to preserve the nation’s digital heritage!
National Library of Scotland is seeking a dedicated information or digital technology professional with excellent digital preservation skills and experience to help preserve the nation’s digital heritage for future generations. You will play a key role in the on-going development of the Library’s digital preservation environment, policy, and strategies, and in ensuring that the digital content that the we create and collect today remains understandable and accessible in the future. The Digital Preservation Officer will be a key member of the Digital Assets Team, and will work with NLS staff and partners, and the digital preservation community across the UK and beyond.
Closing date for completed applications: Monday 13th May 2013
For more information please see the Library’s career site http://bit.ly/YwYti7
PREMIS and METS Event - Slides now available
Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:09
Slides from our PREMIS and METS event at the Pullman Hotel in London on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 are now available online. Thank you to our speakers for sharing an insight into this important subject and to our attendees for some engaging discussion and debate, making the day a resounding success. Feedback on the event has remained positive with many people commenting on the quality of the presentations which provided a good overview of both subjects, as well as a practical demonstration of how PREMIS and METS may be used within your own institutions.
Screening the Future, May 7-8 Tate Modern
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:40
DPC Member, Tate is hosting the 'Screening the Future Conference in London May 7-8
Screening the future is an annual showcase delivered by PrestoCentre and focusing on the latest trends in audiovisual preservation. This international conference brings together leaders in the fields of technology and research, and those with strategic responsibility for digitisation and digital preservation in the creative and cultural industries including broadcast, post-production, motion picture, sound and music recording, visual and performing arts. The conference aims to navigate participants through current case studies and latest thinking on standards and planning for the digital preservation of AV assets.
The next conference will be held at the Tate Modern in London on 7-8 May -- more information here: http://2013.screeningthefuture.com
Trust in Digital Preservation, Dublin 4-5th June
Registration has opened for our co-sponsored training event on the topic of ‘Trust in digital preservation’ at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin 4-5th June.
This event is being organized by the DPC and is sponsored by the European Commission under the APARSEN project in association with the Digital Repository of Ireland. It is free to DPC members and heavily for all others.
Long established as a key issue for those engaged in digital preservation, the training will examine how to establish ‘trust’ in preservation processes, actions and institutions from a number of different perspectives, based partly on the emerging findings of the APARSEN project and with contributions from leading practitioners and researchers. The workshop is a distinctive addition to digital preservation training activities in Europe. It is intended for managers and staff already working in digital preservation. It assumes a working knowledge of existing standards like the Open Archival Information System – OAIS as well as an understanding of how issues of preservation apply to their own institution.
Participants are welcome to attend one or both days.
The first day, presented in a workshop format, will include presentations from the APARSEN project on its work on the audit and certification of repositories, and the capture and maintenance of authenticity and provenance information for digital objects. Presentations from guest speakers will also examine trust in relation to data sharing and reuse, and establishing trust in digital preservation practitioners. Attendees will also be encouraged to participate actively in a panel discussion on the topics covered. Day one is intended for researchers, practitioners and managers looking for a practical introduction to latest thinking on the topic of Trust in digital preservation. It will help them evaluate options, understand emerging trends and make informed recommendations for action.
The second day will be a ‘deep dive’ into the issues of certification, authenticity and provenance, providing practically focused training on each topic. This will include more detailed and more presentation and discussion of emerging trends and case studies derived from the APARSEN project, and will make use practical exercises. Day two is intended for practitioners seeking to implement practical solutions or seeking to improve existing workflows in their institutions.
Registration will fill quickly and places are limited so please do register early. A general announcement about registration will follow.
New ‘Preserving Computer-Aided Design (CAD)’ Technology Watch Report released to DPC members
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:07
The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to offer its members a preview of the latest in its series of topical DPC Technology Watch Reports, Preserving Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Written by Alex Ball, and published in association with Jisc’s Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and Charles Beagrie Ltd, this report provides a comprehensive overview of the development of CAD, the threat caused by its own innovative application and its vendors’ race to continuously upgrade; often leaving users with inaccessible versions and models.
A specialist in digital curation at the DCC 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 provides valuable insights into 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 the preservation community 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.
The report is primarily aimed at those responsible for archives and repositories with CAD content, but will also appeal to creators of CAD content who want to make their models more amenable to preservation.
‘I’m delighted to welcome this report to the series,’ commented William Kilbride of the DPC. ‘Although CAD plans and drawings are limited to specialist domains they are typically complex to maintain and of very high value. Moreover, because they tend to relate to buildings, places or products with long lifecycles their preservation is a pressing issue. Alex’s contribution to the series is eagerly anticipated.’
The DPC Technology Watch Reports identify, delineate, monitor and address topics that have a major bearing on ensuring our collected digital memory will be available tomorrow. They provide an advanced introduction in order to support those charged with ensuring a robust digital memory and they are of general interest to a wide and international audience with interests in computing, information management, collections management and technology.
The reports are commissioned after consultation among DPC members about shared priorities and challenges; they are commissioned from experts; and they are thoroughly scrutinized by peers before being released. The authors are asked to provide reports that are informed, current, concise and balanced; that lower the barriers to participation in digital preservation; and that they are of wide utility. The reports are a distinctive and lasting contribution to the dissemination of good practice in digital preservation.
- The report is available as a preview to DPC members
- If you’re not yet a member of the DPC you can get a preview by joining us: http://www.dpconline.org/join-us
- It will be released to the public in the second quarter of 2013
Vacancies at Tate: Trainees in Time-Based Media
Trainee Time-Based Media Conservator
Trainee Time-Based Media and AV Technician
Postion type: Trainee, Full time, Up to 18 months
Closing Date 24th April 2013
Salary: 16320 GBP per annum
Tate is offering two paid traineeships in the department of Time-based Media Conservation as part of the Skills for the Future programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The deadline for application is Friday 20th April, 2013, extende to 24th April. For more information see: http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/skills-future-training-programme/skills-future-training-programme-vacancies-2013
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 10:49
The Digital Preservation Coalition and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland invite you to join them at a workshop to explore the preservation of 3d laser scan data: Edinburgh 1st May 2013
Current best practice guidance for the long term preservation of 3D laser scan data, in particular the required metadata is found to be onerous by data creators. This workshop will bring together leading practitioners from the archaeological community, alongside leading data archivists and software suppliers in the UK and Ireland to work towards agreeing a new metadata standard to facilitate preservation. This event will allow for communication between archivists, creators and purveyors of software and hardware for laser scanning, as well as equipment manufacturers. The aim is to ensure that the export of metadata is much simpler and more convenient for users.
Vacancy at King's College London: Project Manager (PERICLES Project)
Project Manager (PERICLES Project)
Position Type: Full Time, Fixed Contract to 31st Jan 2017
Closing Date: 16th April 2013
Salary: Grade 6, currently £31,331 per annum, plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance
Location: London (KCL Strand Campus)
Established in 2008, the Centre for e-Research (CeRch) is a research centre located in the Department of Digital Humanities (DDH). The Centre works collaboratively with researchers, research teams and groups, and as partners in research projects across King’s College London. It also works in partnership with other UK HE, with European institutions, and internationally with HE library and research institutes.
The department seeks a project manager for the EU project PERICLES (“Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics”), reporting to the project co-ordinator on operational aspects of the role. The post holder will provide project management support to and will closely work together with the project coordinator; monitor progress against work plan objectives, budget management, liaison with the project scientific members; facilitation of expert meetings, and links with academics and other partners, advisors, and peer reviewers contributing to the projects. Hence, experience or knowledge of topics relevant to the scientific focus of the project are desirable, but not essential. In addition, the post involves drafting, editing and contributing to (public) communications related to the projects.Other duties will include specialist advice in relation to the EU FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme), writing reports and providing quantitative and statistical analysis, maintaining the content of the PERICLES website, managing financial overview records and managing reporting to the EU.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 16 April 2013.
For more information see: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/pertra/vacancy/external/pers_detail.php?jobindex=12991
- What's New - Issue 53, March 2013
- DPC offers scholarships to attend Digital Preservation Training Programme, May 2013
- DPC joins new EU collaboration to clarify the costs (and benefits) of curation
- Getting Started in Digital Preservation: now stopping in Belfast 10/07
- Vacancy at Warwick University: Digital Preservation Officer
- 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation' workshop, Glasgow 10/4: now fully booked
- Preservation Metadata Briefing, London 23/04: Priority registration now open for DPC members
- Preservation Metadata Briefing, London 23/04: registration open for all
- Notes and presentations from DPC Briefing on PDF/A3 now available
- New 'Web Archiving' Technology Watch Report released to DPC members
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