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Job Opportunities with the GDFR Project

[Note that all GDFR project positions have been filled (July 3, 2006)]

The Harvard University Library is engaged in an important project to create the Global Digital Format Repository (GDFR), which will be a key infrastructure component for the digital preservation programs of libraries, archives, and other institutions with the responsibility for keeping digital assets viable over time. The GDFR will provide sustainable distributed services to store, discover, and deliver representation information for digital formats. This information, which defines the syntactic and semantic rules used for encoding content into digital form, is a crucial component of any long-term digital preservation program. The GDFR will form a distributed network of nodes communicating over a common protocol. This decentralized model will facilitate the collection and rapid and broad redistribution of local expertise in digital formats to the wider international preservation community. This initiative has funding for two years.

Project Manager [Requisition #*****]

The Harvard University Library is seeking a highly motivated individual with project management responsibilities for the development of the Global Digital Format Registry (GDFR). This is a high visibility, high impact position providing technical and administrative leadership for the development of a key piece of digital preservation infrastructure. Reporting to the Digital Library Program Manager, the project manager will direct a collaborative design process leading to the final functional requirements and technical specifications for the GDFR data and service models and network protocols, and will oversee a systems developer implementing an open source reference implementation of a GDFR node. Additionally, the manager will be responsible for developing a community-based technical review process for vetting representation information submitted to the GDFR and coordinating the initial population of the GDFR with representation information for a number of formats in most common use in the digital preservation community. In pursuing these tasks, the manager will consult regularly with the Harvard digital library team and with leading international experts in the digital preservation community. The project manager will also provide public outreach for the GDFR project through presentations and participation in leading preservation forums and conferences.

Requirements: Master's degree in computer, information, or library science or equivalent experience. Candidates must demonstrate fluency with accepted principles of digital preservation and the role played by formats in preservation planning and activities, be conversant with current software development methodologies and best practices, and have 4 year's experience in coordinating substantial collaborative technical development projects. Self-motivation, enthusiasm, and excellent organizational, planning, writing, and communication skills are required. Relevant experience in the high-level architectural design of information management and retrieval systems and network protocols is highly desirable, as is familiarity with RDBMS, XML/RDF, LDAP, web services, Java J2SE, OAI, RSS, and network protocols.

Systems Developer [Requisition #*****]

The Harvard University Library Office for Information Systems is seeking a creative individual with systems development responsibilities for the Global Digital Format Registry (GDFR). The systems developer will participate in the collaborative design process leading to final functional requirements and technical specification for the GDFR data and service models and network protocols. The developer has primary responsibility for a development process employing extensive prototyping, periodic review by a project technical advisory board and other international experts, and iterative refactoring to produce a high-quality open source reference implementation of a GDFR node. In pursuing these tasks, the developer will work closely with the Harvard digital library team and will consult with leading technical experts in the international digital preservation community.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in computer or information science or equivalent experience. Candidates must demonstrate a minimum of 5 year's experience in implementing, testing, and documenting high-quality web-based peer-to-peer systems. Self-motivation, enthusiasm, and excellent organizational, planning, writing, and communication skills are required. Experience with RDBMS, XML/RDF, LDAP, web services, web application frameworks, design patterns, agile software development methodologies, Java J2SE, and network protocols is necessary. Familiarity with digital library systems, long-term digital preservation, OAI, and RSS is highly desirable.


[Note that all GDFR project positions have been filled (July 3, 2006)]

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Last updated: 2006-10-06