Digital Humanities Co-ordinator (Technical)
Gower College Swansea
Swansea, England
7d ago

Digital Humanities Coordinator (Technical)

£28,936 - £32,548 per annum pro rata together with USS pension benefits

Singleton Campus

Swansea University is currently ranked 26th in the UK for research and 8th in the UK for student satisfaction, as measured by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment and the 2015 National Student Survey.

The university has recently opened a £450 million new campus and is strategically growing its research activities across the university.

As the world of scholarly publishing, open access and compliance has changed, Swansea University Libraries has created a Research Support Team that is now growing to more effectively support our research staff across the university.

The post holder will play a full and active role as a member of the Library Research Support. They will work pro-actively with researchers, special collections staff and relevant communities on campus to analyse digital humanities related requirements and explore and test solutions.

They will be the principle point of contact for all digital humanities related queries and support. They will also work alongside colleagues in special collections, research support, and IT services to develop online exhibitions, and content management solutions, in order to promote and increase engagement with our special collections and research activity through the use of cutting edge technologies.

The post holder will be highly visible and take part in advocacy across the university to raise awareness of digital humanities capabilities and support and stimulate discussion and feedback from the community.

Day-to-day activities will include maintaining existing digital humanities related systems and software and assessing requests for digital humanities hosting and development.

The post holder will be required to exercise initiative and responsibility in this area of work and will acquire specialist knowledge.

The post holder will be required to constantly engage with internal and external communities and networks, related information sources, and training opportunities in order to understand, develop and share up-

to-date knowledge of digital humanities developments, computer programming and data analysis concepts and approaches with the University community.

  • 1. Work within the Research Support Team to improve researcher engagement including contributing to the development of institutional best practice and strategies in these areas;
  • 2. Provide regular reports, and statistics to ISS, and University management on digital humanities capabilities and commitments, highlighting areas where development may be required and identifying risks;
  • 3. Will be one of two primary contacts and coordinators for the Library’s Digital Humanities Support;
  • 4. Provide expertise and guidance to the research community, university staff and students regarding the systematic use of digital resources in the humanities and other disciplines;
  • to be undertaken by appointment, telephone, helpdesk, online and email communication;
  • 5. Devise and deliver group and one-to-one training sessions on digital humanities related topics to staff, researchers and students as required;
  • 6. Develop advocacy and communication materials for our services and resources of relevance to staff, researchers and students, both in printed and online form via the University’s online platforms;
  • 7. Work in collaboration with colleagues in IT Services, Libraries, Professional Services, and the Academic Community to develop technical solutions that support the transfer, cataloguing and publication of research data.

  • 8. Work with researchers to ensure technical solutions are compliant with institutional requirements where possible;
  • 9. Work in collaboration with colleagues in IT Services, Libraries, Professional Services, and the Academic Community as a virtual bridge’ to cultivate and develop innovative and sector leading digital humanities solutions and skills that support visualization and increased research engagement with University research data assets and outputs;
  • 10. Actively provide advice and guidance to staff on the best routes to using digital humanities-based approaches and technologies within their research.

  • 11. Maintain and develop services and procedures as technology and practices mature and change, ensuring that legal and other regulatory bodies’ requirements are satisfied;
  • 12. Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including academics, researchers, University Professional Services, the Research Engagement and Innovation Service (REIS), external funders, publishers, bodies such as JISC, and with other HE institutions developing Research Data Management and Planning best practice;
  • 13. Work in collaboration with others to provide support for existing digital humanities related systems and software. This includes adding and amending digital content, metadata and publication data where necessary within our various online publishing systems and software.

    14. Monitoring and maintaining our various online publishing systems and software.

  • 15. Maintain an up-to-date professional knowledge of developments in digital humanities research and approaches in order to provide advice and recommendations to develop and improve services;
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