Permanent, Full Time
Wellington, New Zealand
Key opportunity to mix technical capability with policy and research
Leading-edge all-of-government programme
Archives New Zealand has a statutory responsibility for the long term storage,
preservation and accessibility of digital records. The
Government Digital Archive Programme will transform the way Archives conducts
its business, allowing large-scale transfers of digital records and preserving
them over the long-term.
You will be tasked with providing business-focused digital preservation
strategies for material held within the digital archive and specialist advice
in relation to formats and metadata. You will work with
others to research and resolve complex technical issues related to the digital
archive, such as format variations, validation and enrichment processes, and
preservation risks. You'll also be involved in the
development of Digital Preservation policy, both within Archives and with our
collaborative partners, and can expect to be working on a variety of research
projects related to the Digital Archive and preservation.
You will work closely with a team which includes analysts, archivists and
ingest technicians, and with business staff managing transfers, restrictions
This is a busy role in an active programme of work. You'll need excellent
communication skills, be an adaptable team player, have previous experience in
digital preservation, and a related degree.
In return, you'll get to work on an exciting, All-of-Government digital
preservation project, that will change the way New Zealanders interact with
* Deep working knowledge of the technical requirements, including tools and processes, ofpreservation and access issues is essential (particularly related to digital collections in libraries,museums, archives or special collections)
* Demonstrated knowledge of a range of digital preservation strategies including migration andemulation
* Substantial experience with file format specifications, codecs etc
* Experience with XML and the following metadata and interoperability standards: PREMIS,Dublin Core, METS/MODS, OpenURL, OAI-PMH, EAD, etc.
* Demonstrated experience with creation and/or management of digital objects in one or more ofthe following formats: text, image, sound, software, multimedia, and/or video.
* Demonstrated ability to research and resolve problems using a variety of digital preservationresources and tools, particularly in relation to technical issues
* Experience in identifying and validating formats (using for example DROID, JHOVE, NLNZMetadata Extract Tool)
* Experience in developing policy in an archive or library, or in an environment with similarchallenges
* Experience in applying research methodology including quantitative, qualitative and mixedmethods research
* Knowledge of format registries (eg PRONOM)
* Understanding of the OAIS reference model and its application
* An advanced level of technical knowledge of computer hardware, software and computermaintenance and an interest in legacy hardware and software
* Proven ability to meet deadlines and accomplish goals
* Excellent electronic, written and oral communication skills
* Ability to design, execute and put to use the results of practical research projects
* Degree in computing or a related information management discipline (a Doctorate or postgraduate degree is preferred)
* Academic qualifications in another discipline, with demonstrable experience and knowledge ofthe digital preservation environment, will also be considered
* Knowledge of professional collection management or archival practice and theory is highlydesirable
* Experience in project planning and project management would be an advantage.
Closing Date: 5pm, Friday 7 September 2012
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