3 June 2022

Fixed Term

The position of BIRI Digital Coordination and Strategy Project Digital Archivist will be a temporary role, renewable depending on funding. The need for the post was identified by the BIRI Digital Coordination and Strategy Project. The British International Research Institutes (BIRI) are aiming at making their archives available online and ultimately at making them accessible through a joint portal. Whereas some of the eight BIRI are further ahead in this process, others need to start from a survey of their archives. The professional Digital Archivist will provide guidance and hands-on help. The role will include the identification of records created or received by the individual BIRI to secure an oversight of the holdings, to set up a cataloguing system and decide on priorities with the individual BIRI. 

The post holder will work closely with the Digital Humanities Consultant and the Technical Consultant on the project as well as the advisory board composed of current BIRI-employed experts, archivists, collection managers group of experts working for several of the BIRI already. 


  1. Designing a simple system to ingest sets of metadata records relating to diversetypes of materials preserved in the BIRI archives and libraries in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Consultant, the Technical Consultant, and the advisory board.

  2. In liaison with the Digital Humanities Consultant, the Technical Consultant, and the advisory board to develop a Digital Asset Management' strategy for the relevant BIRI.

  3. Participating into the documentation of the strategy, in collaboration with the otherBIRI professionals. This will involve international travel and periods of time staying abroad.

  4. Providing guidance on international cataloguing and metadata standards at the outset of the project as well as assisting each of the BIRIs dedicated staff/volunteers while conducting a survey of the archives and records.

  5. In consultation with the available personnel and relevant BIRI lead to provideguidance on numbering and labelling of archive materials as appropriate in preparation of digitisation.

  6. To prepare an end of project report for the relevant BIRI leads and governing bodies.

For further information on this position, please contact the BIAA director Lutgarde Vandeput at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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