Digital Repository Work Study

Creative Electronic Environment

Program dates: February 4, 2008 - March 17, 2008

Application deadline: January 23, 2008

Program Information

Preserving digital assets and content is one of the most significant challenges facing institutions and organizations throughout the world. Enormous amounts of digital information have already been lost forever.

"Digital evolution has been too rapid and costly for governments and institutions to develop timely and informed preservation strategies. The threat to the economic, social, intellectual and cultural potential of the heritage – the building blocks of the future – has not been fully grasped…unless the prevailing threats are addressed, the loss of the digital heritage will be rapid and inevitable."

- UNESCO Charter on the Preservation of the Digital Heritage

The Digital Repository Work Study program is an exciting opportunity to learn and develop experience in this cutting-edge and challenging field. Participants will be given direct hands-on experience in implementing technology solutions to support the long-term preservation of digital assets. They will be provided with an opportunity to implement and test a range of open-source and commercial applications, including DSpace (MIT), Fedora (Cornell University), Greenstone (New Zealand), DAITSS (Florida State), and ContentDM (OCLC). Learning opportunities may also include research into emerging standards, challenges, and technical innovations related to digital preservation.

This work study opportunity is intended for individuals with working knowledge and experience in SE Linux/Unix, Tomcat, Apache, PostgresSQL, Perl, and Java.  Participants will work as part of a team that includes system administrators, programmers, archivists and librarians.

Participants accepted to the work study program will receive a scholarship to cover the program fee and are awarded a weekly stipend to offset the costs associated with room and board during the program.

Work study programs are intended to provide participants with a combination of learning opportunities and supervised, practical work related to the participant’s learning objectives. Participation in a work study term is considered to be full-time study, rather that employment. All participants sign a learning contract that assists in the evaluation of their work study experience. Scholarship stipend payments are not specifically linked to work performed or performance but are intended to enable participants to pursue the overall learning objectives.

 

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of The Banff Centre.