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Workshop: Usability and Accessibility and aspects of digital preservation

22 April 2014 - 3:56pm
Liber 43 Annual conference, Riga, Latvia, 2-5 July 2014

The workshop consists of a number of outcomes of the APARSEN project. APARSEN is a European project that runs until the end of this year, aimed at the establishment of a Virtual Centre of Excellence on digital preservation. The project partners gathered expertise on a wide range of digital preservation issues clustered in four topics: (1) Trust, (2) Sustainability, (3) Accessibility, and (4) Usability. The workshop is focused on the last two topics covered in the APARSEN project. The most important outcomes of the work done in the project are presented and discussed in the workshop.

The usability aspect of digital preservation is covered by a presentation on interoperability and intelligibility. The focus in this presentation will be on solutions for semantic interoperability in order to keep data understandable and processable in the long run.

The accessibility aspect of digital preservation is covered by three presentations. The first contribution concerns the importance of persistent identifiers to provide durable access to digital objects. More specifically in this presentation attention is paid to an interoperability framework that enables seamless access to digital objects that have two or more persistent identifiers. Two other contributions in the access topic concern an analysis of digital rights and access management of digital objects and a presentation on policy issues relevant for digital preservation. Both presentations pay attention to the outcomes of a survey carried out in the framework done in the APARSEN project.

Duration: 09:00 – 12:30

Workshop program:
Each presentation takes 40 minutes and includes at least 15 minutes for discussion.

09:00-09:10 Introduction on the workshop. Background on the APARSEN project and context of the topics covered in the workshop
09:10-09:50 Interoperability and Intelligibility (Yannis Kargakis, Forth, Greece)
09:50-10:30 Persistent identifiers (Maurizio Lunghi, FRD, Italy)

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:40 Digital rights and access management (Stefan Hein, DNB, Germany)
11:40-12:20 Data policies and governance (Juha Lehtonen, CSC, Finland)
12:20-12:30 Wrap-up and conclusions

Yannis Kargakis, Forth, Greece

Yannis Kargakis is currently a Research & Development Engineer in Information Systems Lab at FORTH-ICS (Greece). He conducted his undergraduate and graduate studies (MSc) in the Computer Science Department at University of Crete. His research interests fall in the following areas: Information Systems, Digital Preservation, Semantic Web, and Dependency Management Reasoning. He has participated in the research projects: APARSEN NoE and SCIDIP-ES.


Maurizio Lunghi, FRD, Italy

Maurizio Lunghi, FRDMaurizio Lunghi has a degree in Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications and Telematics – Internet technology and networking. He has experience of working with international projects funded by the European Commission where he has worked for 3 years as project officer in the DG INFSO in Luxembourg. Organization of events and coordination of expert groups are very common in his experience. He has participated in research projects on networking and ICT, high resolution imaging, telemedicine applications, on digital libraries and digital preservation related issues. From 2010 he is involved in the APARSERN project. His interest and activity lie in the area of persistent identifiers systems, trusted digital repositories criteria, audit and certification.


Stefan Hein, DNB, Germany

Stefan Hein, DNBStefan Hein is a Software Developer in the context of processing digital objects and their Digital Preservation at the DNB since 2010. He graduated with a Diploma in Computer Science at the Humboldt University at Berlin. The current main focus of his work is the further development of the ingest workflow for example with capabilities for validating and identifying digital objects and their long term preservation.


Juha Lehtonen, CSC, Finland

Juha Lehtonen, CSCDr. Juha Lehtonen works as an Applications Architect in CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland. He joined CSC in 2012 to create digital preservation solutions for cultural heritage of Finland, and he is also involved in APARSEN. In 2009-2012 he was founding a digitization center for natural history collections of Finland, where he was planning and implementing the technical side of the digitization processes. In 2005-2009 he worked as a researcher in the University of Joensuu until he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science.

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Long term accessibility of digital resources in theory and practice

20 March 2014 - 3:25pm

The APARSEN project is organising a Satellite Event on “Long Term Accessibility of Digital Resources in Theory and Practice” on 21st May 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

It takes place in the context of the 3rd LIBER Workshop on Digital Curation “Keeping data: The process of data curation” (19-20 May 2014)

The programme is organised by the APARSEN project together with the SCAPE Project.

09:00 – 10:30 Sabine Schrimpf
(German National Library) Digital Rights Management in the context of long-term preservation Ross King
(Austrian Institute of Technology) Thes SCAPE project and Scalable Quality Control David Wang
(SBA Research) Understanding the Costs of Digital Curation
11:00 – 12:30
Sven Schlarb
(Austrian National Library) Application scenarios of the SCAPE project at the Austrian National Library Krešimir Đuretec
(Vienna University of Technology) The SCAPE Planning and Watch Suite David Giaretta
(Alliance for Permanent Access) Digital Preservation: How APARSEN can help answer the key question “Who pays and Why?”
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APA/CDAC conference – papers, presentations and videos available

19 February 2014 - 10:52am

If you were not able to make it to the conference in New Delhi you can still it all!

The videos, presentations, discussions and papers are all available here

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Statement by G8 ministers on international issues that require global cooperation

14 June 2013 - 9:54am

From Juan Bicarregui (STFC):

The link below leads to this week’s statement by G8 ministers on “international issues that require global cooperation”.

The four topics discussed were:

  • global challenges
  • global research infrastructure
  • open scientific research data
  • increasing access to the peer-reviewed, published results of scientific research

The third and fourth topics will be of particular interest to APA and APARSEN members.

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11 June 2013 - 11:28am

Interoperability of Persistent Identifiers Systems – services across PI domains
Date: Thursday, 5th September 2013, afternoon
Location: IST – Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal

Programme Committee:
Maurizio Lunghi e Emanuele Bellini (Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale/APARSEN), Renè Van Horik (DANS), Barbara Bazzanella e Paolo Bouquet (UNITN), Bas Cordewener (Knowledge Exchange), Anila Angjeli (ISNI), Giovanni Bergamin (Central National Library in Florence), Norman Pasquin (LCC and DOI foundation), John Kunze (California Digital Library), Tobias Weigel (RDA), Antoine Isaac (Europeana), (NN, EUDAT)

Workshop Goal:
The central goal of this second edition of the workshop on Interoperability of  Persistent Identifier Systems ( is to bring together representatives from different PI communities to discuss potential benefits for final users as well as challenges requirements and technologies to implement an effective interoperability solution for different PI systems and related services. Supporters of this workshop proposal and the experts in the programme committee represents large and significant PI user communities, other experts are
A first section is devoted to users and to potential services and benefits for final users that could be built on such an interoperability framework. Participants are involved in the description of future user scenarios and potential applications of the PI systems, making evident user benefits and requirements.
A second section is focused on technical aspects regarding the implementation of an interoperability solution and related services. As a starting point for the technical discussion, the new Interoperability Framework (IF) for PI systems, proposed by the APARSEN project and refined by a large group of independent experts is described and a demonstrator is presented. The IF model is suitable to all the different user requirements and is adoptable by all PI user communities.
Participants are invited to compare their requirements with the IF features and assumptions confronting on various aspects of the model, potential benefits and concrete terms for a common roadmap for the implementation of the framework in order to create consensus on to develop joint cross-domain applications.
Representatives of the most relevant PI initiatives and different PI user communities are invited to report on current activities and vision, but also on possible approaches to define interoperability solutions and services and expose their position towards needs and opportunities of moving toward the implementation of a comprehensive interoperability technological solution for PI systems.

Joint APARSEN/4C workshop:
What does it cost? – EU Activities to Assess the Cost of Digital Curation

Date: Thursday, 5th September 2013, afternoon
Location: IST – Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal

Subject of the Workshop:
Digital preservation and curation activities tend to be costly and complex and require a long term commitment. Without reliable cost information and accurate cost models, it is hard to plan and calculate such activities seriously.
A number of digital curation cost models have been developed in the last years, and initiatives like Knowledge Exchange, the Digital Curation Centre, and the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Economically Sustainable Digital Curation have, among others, looked at cost and benefits of keeping digital data available for the long term. Most recently, the APARSEN project has provided a high level analysis of published cost models, it has reviewed cost parameters in relation to the trusted digital repositories standard, ISO 16363, and it has investigated the level of preparedness of research libraries to ensure economically-sustainable digital preservation.
The new EU project 4C – ‘the Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation’ – draws all of these initiatives and their results together. It networks existing projects and initiatives and will ensure that where existing work is relevant, stakeholders realize it and understand how to employ it. A key aim for this workshop is to build bridges between ongoing costs-related initiatives to enable 4C to identify areas where good progress has been made and also to understand how current cost models might be augmented to improve ease of use and increase uptake. Ultimately, 4C will help organizations to approach their investment in data curation and preservation with greater certainty and with greater clarity about what they will get back in return. The project partners will use the workshop as an opportunity to set the scene for their topic, present their approach (“assess, enhance, engage”) and invite feedback of workshop participants.

A key point for the open discussion session will be to identify difficulties that ongoing costs-related initiatives have had in collecting cost information and encouraging use of their models. During the session we will invite input from these initiatives into how 4C might help to overcome these difficulties to realise increased uptake of the models and ultimately an improved understanding of curation costs.

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APARSEN @ Metaday #59 Vienna

10 June 2013 - 1:38pm

Veronika Prändl-Zika, Austrian National Library, presented the APARSEN project in the course of the Metaday #59 at the Metalab in Vienna on June 7, 2013. For more details:

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The 2013 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences – deadline Oct 10 2013

19 April 2013 - 2:14pm

Organised by IEDA and Elsevier Research Data Services, the International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences is created to improve preservation and access of research data, particularly of dark data, and share the varied ways that these data are being processed, stored, and used. For more information see
The organisers are interested in receiving submissions from groups who have developed and completed projects that have digitized previously unavailable content or that have facilitated and improved the ingestion of research data. The final submission deadline is October 10, 2013.

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APARSEN Survey: What is the state of digital preservation in your organisation?

18 September 2012 - 3:38pm

APARSEN (Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network), a project being undertaken for the APARSEN Project that runs under the ICT directorate of the EUROPEAN COMMISSION. We aim to produce a study which evaluates digital preservation in terms of importance, value, benefits, currents activities, costs and future involvement among European libraries, archives and research organizations.

This survey is aimed at individuals who are either actively engaged in digital preservation or can comment on the state of the digital preservation activity (or lack of)  within their organisation from a strategic perspective.

The results of the survey should allow us to build a picture of the state of digital preservation and related challenges in libraries and archives across Europe. This picture will help to create a roadmap to inform future actions to ensure that our organisations can position themselves to address the challenges of digital preservation into the future.

This is a user-friendly survey which you should be able to complete within 20 minutes.

To begin, please click the survey URL below:

We would like to inform you that the survey results will not reflect any particular company perspective as gathered results will be treated in an anonymous way in compliance with the Data Protection Act.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact:

Xenia Beltran,

Panos Georgiou,

Thank you for your participation.

Kind regards,



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Ten years on from the Budapest Open Access Initiative – new guidelines published

12 September 2012 - 4:37pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2012

CONTACT: Andrea Higginbotham, SPARC,; 202-296-2296 <tel:202-296-2296>
Amy Weil, Open Society Foundations,; 212-548-0381 <tel:212-548-0381>

Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online

WASHINGTON – In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse coalition today issued new guidelines ( that could usher in huge advances in the sciences, medicine, and health.

The recommendations were developed by leaders of the Open Access movement (, which has worked for the past decade to provide the public with unrestricted, free access to scholarly research—much of which is publicly funded. Making the research publicly available to everyone—free of charge and without most copyright and licensing restrictions—will accelerate scientific research efforts and allow authors to reach a larger number of readers.

“The reasons to remove restrictions as far as possible are to share knowledge and accelerate research. Knowledge has always been a public good in a theoretical sense. Open Access makes it a public good in practice,” said professor Peter Suber, director of the Open Access Project at Harvard University and a senior researcher at SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

The Open Access recommendations include the development of Open Access policies in institutions of higher education and in funding agencies, the open licensing of scholarly works, the development of infrastructure such as Open Access repositories and creating standards of professional conduct for Open Access publishing. The recommendations also establish a new goal of achieving Open Access as the default method for distributing new peer-reviewed research in every field and in every country within ten years’ time.

“Science and scholarship are activities funded from the public purse because society believes they will lead to a better future in terms of our health, environment, and culture,” said Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC. “Anything that maximises the efficacy and efficiency of research benefits every one of us. Open Access is a major tool in that quest. These new recommendations will underpin future developments in communicating the results of research over the next decade.”

Today, Open Access is increasingly recognized as a right rather than an abstract ideal. The case for rapid implementation of Open Access continues to grow. Open Access benefits research and researchers; increases the return to taxpayers on their investment in research; and amplifies the social value of research, funding agencies, and research institutions.

The Open Access recommendations are the result of a meeting hosted earlier this year by the Open Society Foundations, on the tenth anniversary of the landmark Budapest Open Access Initiative (, which first defined Open Access.

“Foundations rarely have the good fortune to be actively present at the birth of a world-wide movement that fundamentally changes the rules of the game and provides immediate benefit to the world,” said István Rév, director of the Open Society Archives and a member of the Open Society Foundations Global Board. “This is what happened when the Open Society Foundations initiated a meeting at the end of 2001 that gave birth to the Open Access movement.”


SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational, and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Working with local communities in more than 100 countries, the Open Society Foundations support justice and human rights, freedom of expression, and access to public health and education. The Open Society Foundations is on the Web at <> .

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CrossRef Joins STM-DataCite Statement

13 August 2012 - 7:16pm

In June 2012, DataCite and the International Association of STM Publishers (STM) issued a joint statement on the Linkability and Citability of Research Data ( CrossRef is pleased to join and support this statement and the best practices for data it recommends.

CrossRef, a not-for-profit association of representing 4,000 scholarly publisher with 55 million content items (journal and conference proceeding articles and books and book chapters), is committed to the interoperability of CrossRef and DataCite’s services which are based on the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) System, recently approved as an ISO Standard (ISO 26324:2012, Information and documentation — Digital object identifier system).
Specifically, CrossRef encourages publishers to use DataCite DOIs to link to data sets referenced in the published literature, and encourages authors of research papers to use CrossRef DOIs to link from data deposited in DataCite repositories to the published articles that draw on that data. CrossRef and DataCite are also collaborating on joint services, such as DOI Content Negotiation (, to enable publishers and data repositories to automatically interlink their content.

About CrossRef CrossRef ( is a not-for-profit membership association of scholarly publishers. Since its founding in 2000, CrossRef has provided reference linking services for over 55 million content items, including journal articles, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, reference entries, technical reports, standards, and data sets. CrossRef also provides additional services designed to improve trust in the scholarly communications process.

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New site for geospatial data preservation

26 July 2012 - 7:02am


Geospatial data, including satellite images, digital maps, and other kinds of geospatial information in digital form represent our scientific, scholarly, and cultural heritage. Geospatial data and information often represent aspects of the physical environment and events that have been captured at a particulur moment and therefore, cannot be reproduced. In addition to their use in research, education, and decision-making, geospatial data are used in various professions to represent characteristics of our world. Preserving geospatial data and information resources will help to ensure that they can continue to be used in the future.

This Resource Center is being developed to offer capabilities for finding freely available web-based resources about the preservation of geospatial information. A variety of selected resources are being added, including reports, presentations, standards, and information about tools for preparing geospatial assets for long-term access and use. The resources are indexed to enable searching of titles and are categorized to facilitate discovery by choosing among topics, resource types, or both. Topics on the stewardship and management of geospatial data include appraisal and selection, citation, content standards, describing and preparing, depositing and documenting, digitized maps, Geographic Information Systems or GIS, preservation formats, satellite imagery, software dependencies, virtual environments, and many others.

The Geospatial Data Preservation Resource Center is a project of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), which is working with a national network of partners on a strategy for preserving digital information for use in the future.

Information about the NDIIPP, its partners, projects, and events can be found on the NDIIPP web site, which is accessible at

Email sent by Angie, Maps-L Moderator

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A lot of big data today is biased and missing context

25 July 2012 - 6:39pm
Half of technology leaders are bullish on big data

About half of technology experts think the gathering and analysis of troves of big data will produce a “huge positive” for society, while about 40 percent think it will produce a “big negative,” a study released Friday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found.


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OAIS v2 released

16 June 2012 - 11:11pm

The revised OAIS has been released by CCSDS. This issue includes: clarifications to many concepts, in particular Authenticity with the concept of Transformational Information Property introduced; corrections and improvements in diagrams; addition of Access Rights Information to PDI. Annex A from the previous issue, describing existing archives, has been removed. A security annex has been added as required by CCSDS.

The document is available from

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Launch of the Digital Preservation Awards 2012

13 June 2012 - 3:04pm

From William Kilbride:

The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to announce the launch of the Digital Preservation Awards 2012.

‘Threats to the digital estate are distinctive and new so the tools and processes necessary to ensure long term access – and impact – are also new’, explained William Kilbride of the DPC. ‘The DPC was established in 2002 to help agencies meet this new and growing challenge, and in 2004 we sponsored a small prize to mark outstanding contributions to the field. It was so popular that we’ve offered the prize every other year since, and each time the quality and number of nominations has grown.

‘This year, the award takes a new form. In the past a single award was offered as one of the Conservation Awards. But because 2012 is the tenth anniversary of the founding of the DPC, we’re offering 4 separate prizes, including a special ‘DPC Decennial Prize’ for the most outstanding contribution to digital preservation in the last decade. There are also prizes for ‘Teaching and Communication’ and for ‘Research and Development’ as well as an innovative Digital Preservation Challenge being offered via the Open Planets Foundation.’

‘We’re calling on all our friends and colleagues – the whole digital preservation community – to help us get the best possible set of applications.’

‘The criteria are defined broadly, encompassing any initiative that has helped ensure ‘our digital memory is available tomorrow’, and although the DPC’s membership is in the UK and Ireland, this is an international competition. We encourage all manner of proposals – projects, services, ideas, books, methodologies, standards, working groups and campaigns: all are welcome.’

The application pack is available online at:

The current holders are Los Alamos National Laboratory and Old Dominion University, who won the prize in 2010 for the Memento Project. Other previous winners include the UK National Archives and the PREMIS Working Group.

Applications are due by the 17th August at which point they will be scrutinised by a judging panel drawn from the DPC membership. A shortlist will be announced in October and DPC members will be invited to vote for their favourite proposals. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony in London on 3rd December.

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C-DAC joins APA

13 April 2012 - 10:56pm

We are delighted to announce that C-DAC (Pune, India) has joined APA. C-DAC hosts the Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation which is the flagship project under the National Digital Preservation Programme of Department of Information Technology, Government of India.

See for more details.

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Your information needed for the SCIDIP-ES e-infrastructure design

21 February 2012 - 1:00pm

The SCIDIP-ES project is conducting an on-line user consultation ( to understand the current architectures, technologies and approaches used by data repositories and users, with an initial focus on the Earth Science community, for the purposes of data preservation, access and management.

The SCIDIP-ES team, and the APA, would like to invite you to participate in this on-line survey and contribute to the definition of the tools and services being developed by the project. As part of the survey you will also be given the opportunity to join the SCIDIP-ES contact list and become a member of the wider long-term data preservation user community. This will allow you to be informed on projects achievements and to exploit the relevant results.

The survey ( will remain open until 29 February 2012.

We look forward to receiving your submission.

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View of the APA conference from India

29 November 2011 - 1:21pm

A report about the APA conference has been put on the web site of the Indian Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation – see

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New APA Strategic Plan published

20 November 2011 - 10:36pm

The APA Strategic Plan for the period 2011-2015 has been published: APA Strategic Plan 2011-2015Download: APA Strategic Plan 2011-2015.

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CODATA ‘Data At Risk’ Task Group (DARTG) set up

20 November 2011 - 7:09pm

CODATA has created a new Task Group with the goal of creating an Inventory of data that are at risk, and whose unique scientific information is in danger of being lost to posterity. The Task Group is chaired by Elizabeth Griffin, with John Faundeen as vide chair.

See the web site at for more details

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Job vacancy at SLAC-Stanford U.S. : INSPIRE web developer (with a twist on data preservation)

20 November 2011 - 6:49pm

SLAC – Stanford is seeking an operational web developer for the INSPIRE repository, built on the Invenio digital-library software.  INSPIRE is a dynamic international collaboration which is building, enhancing and operating the INSPIRE information service, a key working tool for 50,000 scientists worldwide to access crucial research information.   INSPIRE has recently completed its beta period and has entered production. It is run by a collaboration of CERN, DESY, Fermilab, and SLAC.

The operational web developer will be responsible for a variety of day-to-day duties necessary to the ongoing management of an internationally utilized information resource.  These include, but are not limited to: new feature development on the Invenio repository management platform, production deployment, maintenance programming, systems automation and test.  At SLAC, the operational web developer will be part of a small, multidisciplinary team.  As part of the INSPIRE collaboration, the web developer will communicate effectively and work in a highly collaborative, multicultural community.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Physics, or related field
  • Strong ability to develop, test, and monitor performance of application code; to respond quickly to staff and user needs; and to produce accurate and reliable results in a dynamic, time-sensitive and high-visibility environment
  • Experience with Unix/Linux and one or more of the following: Python, JavaScript, Perl
  • Experience in web management, system administration, or operations.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with others in a highly collaborative, multicultural community.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with LaTeX, XML/XSL, git, Lucene/SOLR/Other search engines, digital document repository systems (Invenio, DSpace, etc)
  • Experience with scholarly publications, search engines, information retrieval
  • Experience with scientific research
  • Experience in logfile analysis, data mining
  • Experience with lightweight development methodologies such as agile or scrum

INSPIRE Background: Operated by CERN (Geneva), DESY (Hamburg), Fermilab (Chicago), and SLAC (Stanford) and built on the Open Source Invenio digital library software, INSPIRE serves 1 million records to 50,000 High-Energy Physics researchers worldwide. INSPIRE, in production at, provides fast metadata and full-text searches, author disambiguation, citation analysis, and is expanding its content and services in a community-centric approach, in addition to journal publications and other scientific contents. We anticipate users will soon be submitting scientific documents, and large scale recovery of historical OCR’ed material will take place, with hundreds of thousands of documents from 3 to 300 pages long.  Further, we will explore and expand initiatives for figures and tables extraction from the text, as well as contextual information on references.  Finally INSPIRE is heavily involved in Data Preservation initiatives in the HEP field and author ID initiatives in scholarly communications in general.  For more information on INSPIRE see

For further information and to apply please visit

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