20 June 2019

Kew, London

£40,000 + excellent benefits

Full-Time


About the role

As Web Archive Technical Specialist, you’ll develop a preservation process for the web archive collection with the support of colleagues and will work with suppliers to deliver it as an ongoing process. You will help unlock the research potential of the collection through facilitating access to the raw data and datasets based on the collection. Working within a team dedicated to continually improving the service for users, you will be a strong advocate for using innovative technologies to solve some big, often novel, challenges in an organisation that offers great support and exceptional benefits.

In the 15 years of its existence, the UK Government Web Archive has become a large and varied digital collection. At an approximate size of 140TB, with 5 billion objects, it presents some unique and exciting challenges.

The National Archives' supplier provides the majority of web crawling and service provision but there is plenty for the team to do. You will help ensure that the web archive is of extremely high quality and the actual preservation of the captured content is done at Kew, after it has been transferred from the supplier. You will be responsible for making sure that the processes supporting this are robust, well-designed and run smoothly. In doing this, you will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of the practical applications of cloud technologies.

As a member of the web archiving team you will be supporting varied work in making sure that the service meets user needs. You will provide crucial technical advice and services to help open the web archive to research possibilities, supporting exciting research into the unique dataset.

About you

You’ll be a problem solver, able to think creatively and use novel approaches in order to meet the varied needs of users. You’ll come with a desire to innovate, challenge what we’re doing and drive forward improvements to the service. In turn The National Archives will invest in developing your skills with cloud technologies, programming languages, and other areas as required.

The following criteria will be used for short listing:

  • Degree level qualification in computing or equivalent level of practical experience with an intermediate level of skill in commonly-used web technologies, for example JSON and XML and programming languages, particularly Python.
  • Good understanding of, and practical experience in, handling data and metadata for the preservation, description, management and use of digital records.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the technical principles of digital preservation, their practical application and the rationale for preserving the online presence of government.
  • Experience of ensuring adherence to agreed quality standards and delivery dates.

In addition the following criteria will be assessed at interview:

  • Clear, confident and articulate written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrable ability to effectively manage own workload, work to tight deadlines, and manage competing priorities.
  • Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong relationships within team and with those in other teams.  

The successful candidate will be required to obtain SC level clearance and will need to have resided in the UK for the past 3 years or more

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