We are seeking a semantic web developer for an open-source digital
The Unified Digital Format Registry project (UDFR, http://www.udfr.org/)
is developing a reliable, sustainable, and publicly available semantic
knowledge base of file format representation information for use by the
international digital curation, preservation, and repository
The project seeks to consolidate the function and data holdings of the
existing PRONOM (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/PRONOM) and GDFR
(Global Digital Format Registry, http://www.gdfr.info/) registries into
a common, community-supported, open source platform supporting linked
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This position is with the California Digital Library, located in the
Uptown district of Oakland, California.
If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me off-list.
The ever-increasing applicability of digital content in all aspects of
research, learning, commerce, and entertainment is paralleled by the
need for effective solutions to ensure the long-term preservation and
use of that content. Properly managing information about the digital
formats used to represent content lies at the heart of preservation
activities. The Unified Digital Format Registry project (UDFR,
http://www.udfr.org/) is developing a reliable, sustainable, and
publicly available semantic knowledge base of file format representation
information for use by the international digital curation, preservation,
and repository communities.
Oversight for the project rests with a group of stakeholders drawn from
academic and national libraries and archives around the world, including
the University of California, Harvard University, the Florida Center for
Library Automation, the Library of Congress, Library and Archives
Canada, the British Library, the UK and US National Archives, the
Koniklijke Bibliotheek and Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands, and
many others. The project is funded by the Library of Congress as part of
its National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program.
The incumbent will be responsible for implementing the UDFR system, and
is expected to provide innovative thinking and technical expertise while
drawing on the body of useful experience from the PRONOM and GDFR
projects and the UDFR consortium. The developer will consult regularly
with UC3 staff and will work under the supervision of the project
architect. The final open source system must be flexible, scalable,
reliable, sustainable, and consistent with best practices and advances
in web-based information services, service-oriented architectures,
information preservation, and semantic web and linked data technologies.
The UC Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL) is
one of the world's premier digital curation programs. UC3 is a creative
partnership of the CDL, the ten campuses of the University of
California, and the international curation community, providing
innovative services and solutions to ensure the long-term usability of
the University's valuable digital content.