*digipres job alert in Scotland* Orkney Council is looking for a "(Trainee) Digital Archivist" - full-time (35 hrs per week), Permanent, £29,540 - £35,140 per year.
"This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is already qualified as an archivist, or for those interested in archives, and specifically in digital preservation, to gain experience whilst working towards the relevant qualification."

All info here::

RT @UoP_History@twitter.com


5.30pm, Zoom

Meet the Archivist: The Aviation & Aerospace Archives Initiative
Tim Powell (@UkNatArchives@twitter.com)

Still time to book for the next @ihr_history@twitter.com Transport & Mobility History seminar!

Series co-convened by our Mike Esbester.


🐦🔗: https://twitter.com/UoP_History/status/1618526783854333953

Need more time to complete your paper on #Search, #Recommendation, #DigitalLibraries, #InformationRetrieval, #WebArchiving, #DigitalPreservation, and more for #JCDL2023?

We've extended the #PaperSubmission deadline by 1 week to February 5, 2023.

What new explorations and findings will you share with these disciplines? Submit your work on #RethinkingDigitalRecords.


I've done a lot of newspaper research, but up to now via traditional methods (i.e. going through page by page) combined with word searches in digitised collections. This excellent article from @JoshBlack gives some great insight into more powerful options for using historical newspapers.

(It also makes clear how much work is involved...)

New Publication: Creating Specialised Corpora from Digitized Historical Newspaper Archives | Joshua Wilson Black


The videos from the Archives nationales de France conference Crowdsourcing et patrimoine culturel écrit are online.

Here's mine! Crowdsourcing as connection: a constant star over a sea of change / Établir des connexions : un invariant des projets de crowdsourcing par Mia Ridge, British Library, Royaume-Uni

And the whole event: https://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x7oubw

There's a beta interface for Archives and Manuscripts at the British Library... https://searcharchives-beta.bl.uk/primo-explore/search?vid=BLNUI


You can take a look and send comments (but be gentle if you do! The wishlist is always longer than the resources available)

#FREE tickets to a brilliant conference on 7-8 February in London.

If you are currently out of work and looking for opportunities in the tech sector, then please take advantage of this and email admin@openuk.uk for more details of a free ticket.

If you know anyone looking for a role, then please share this with them and encourage them to apply.

#StateOfOpenCon #SOOCon23 #OpenSource

Ah, this is what I was hoping to see when the Lisa source code was released a few days ago: background on the Lisa source code itself computerhistory.org/blog/apple

Hi again 👋 with another Grant announcement to share!
This one's for the 🌐 IIPC Web Archiving 2023 Conference, @netpreserve 🌐 taking place at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, 11-12 May 2023!

We're offering up to two grants for DPC Members to attend (each grant covers registration + contribution towards travel).

The grant application deadline is 07:00 UTC on 14th Feb 2023 📅, and more details are at dpconline.org/news/call-for-ap

I wrote an article in Code4Lib about how current DAMS-style digital repositories don’t work with archival methods, which is not widely understood by admins and technologists.

I think we can design simpler repositories that are interoperable with archival description, which will allow us to use our descriptive labor more thoughtfully, better enable digitization on demand, and make a larger volume of digitized and born-digital materials available online. journal.code4lib.org/articles/

💾 disks, write blocker woes, pesky Windows behaviour: this blog post on my (occasionally somewhat hellish) journey trying to write yet another workflow tool for imaging portable media has it all :


Working - for the first time today - with the new image viewer from the National Archives in Belgium (the website https://genealogie.arch.be).

The system is a real improvement compared to the older one. However, the speed is painstaking. It takes so, so, so long before images appear on my screen. I hope they can and will do something about that, sooner rather than later.

#genealogy #familyhistory #digital #website #nationalarchives #Belgium

10 jobs open at Research Data Scotland

Data Analysts
Senior Data Analysts
Data Engineer
Data Sourcing Manager
Project Management Officer
Delivery Manager
Project Managers
Partnerships Officer

"Our vision is to promote and advance health and social wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to public sector data about people, places and businesses."


#OpenScience #OpenData

in case you missed it - recordings have been released to the public, including recordings of the digital preservation bake-off! check them out here:

I'm glad to see that the Computer History Museum has been able to release the source code for the Apple Lisa, but I wish they'd written a bit about the history of how the code was preserved (on physical media) and then read and copied onto modern systems:


I've got a post on the Royal Historical Society blog this week about digitisation from an archivist's perspective. Hopefully provides a bit of context for why we haven't - ahem - digitised everything yet and some of the priorities and pressures around the process. blog.royalhistsoc.org/2023/01/

“It takes a village to raise an archive” by Daniela Major
This blog post gives an excellent summary of one of the major shortcomings of full-text search in web archives. How can we best show the multiple versions of each page?

This is fascinating! The Braille Institute has developed a font - free to download - that's designed to be clearer for readers with lower vision.

An example of one of the aspects of low legibility that they tackled attached.

It's named Atkinson Hyperlegible. Atkinson was the Institute's founder - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Robert_Atkinson

Here's where you can read about the font and download it: https://brailleinstitute.org/freefont


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