The Royal Irish Academy: The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann is a publicly funded institution established for the promotion of learning in the sciences and humanities throughout Ireland. The Academy was founded by Royal Charter in 1785. The Academy is an all-island independent forum that brings together the worlds of academia, government and industry, to address issues of mutual interest, through our major outreach events and legacy projects. Drawing on our Members’ expertise, we make a significant contribution to public debate and public policy formation on issues in science, technology and culture. We lead important national research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage. In addition, the Academy represents the world of Irish learning internationally, maintains and enhances a unique globally-recognised library and is a leading academic publisher.

The Digital Repository of Ireland: The Digital Repository of Ireland is a project of the RIA, and is an interactive national trusted digital repository for contemporary and historical, social and cultural data held by Irish institutions. DRI works with common data and metadata standards, formats, access rights, and research tools, and it is linking, opening and preserving social sciences, arts and cultural collections and audio-visual archives. This is an exciting project with a national mandate and a cross-disciplinary, energetic team. DRI funded partners are the Royal Irish Academy (RIA, lead institute), National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), and National College of Art and Design (NCAD). DRI is partnering with cultural institutions such as the National Broadcaster RTE, and the National Library of Ireland. For additional information please see

The ComWICE project is collaboration between the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, and the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC). The project will address a significant gap in collection management for galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs) by developing solutions that allow these organisations to manage their cultural objects (born-digital and digitized) according to best practices and guidelines both fit for the organization – i.e., specialized workflows – and fit for long-term digital preservation in adequate repositories.

The first stage of the project aims to specify the requirements of a content management system that will provide end users with a rich immersive experience of Irish composers’ music – past and present. These requirements will be used in the second stage of the project to build a discovery platform, developing streamlined methods and tools to close the gap between collection management and content publication using Semantic Technologies and provide solutions to intelligently explore the collections. It will package the technologies in a cohesive product suite, designed to address current market requirements for the management, publication and long-term digital preservation of cultural collections.

This contract is funded within the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, with funding from Science Foundation Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre. The position will be filled on the basis of a six-month fixed term contract (half time). The successful applicant must be in a position to start by mid January 2015 and will join a mature team of Digital Archivists in the DRI, partnered with cutting edge linked data experts in Insight, and with the guidance and requirements of the Contemporary Music Centre. This position will be based in the DRI offices in the RIA on Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

The Position: The Academy is seeking applications for a DRI Digital Archivist for the ComWICE project. Reporting to the DRI Director, the DRI-ComWICE Digital Archivist will be responsible for:

• Working closely with the DRI Director, and the project teams in DRI, Insight at NUIG, and the CMC in the day-to-day operation of the collaborative ComWICE project.
• Working with the project team and also the wider DRI staff to gather requirements for a content management system, analyse the CMC music collection, define internal workflows for curating, cataloguing and preserving data held in the CMS, and provide input on preservation standards for the new system. 
• Hands-on digital asset preparation, metadata annotation, data ingestion into the DRI repository, data and metadata format shifting
• Maintaining and developing relationships with the project partner organisations and data custodians. 
• Following and applying current and emerging trends in data protection and social sciences, media, formats, digitisation, metadata standards, Linked Data, digital preservation practices
• Interfacing with the DRI team for data ingestion, discovery and access, and contributing to DRI publications
• Assisting in writing grant and funding proposals
• Assisting in the organisation of outreach and events for the ComWICE project
• Assisting in the administration, project management and reporting required for the ComWICE project
• Any other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience: 
• A Masters degree in library and information studies, archival studies, or other relevant degree. 
• Skills and expertise in digital preservation, digital repositories, archives or libraries, metadata, content management and organisation, digital access and access rights, data protection, requirements gathering and analysis.
• Hands-on practical experience of digital asset preparation, metadata annotation, data and metadata format shifting and manipulation, data ingestion
• Strong oral and written communications skills, with the ability and confidence to engage with project partners and stakeholders clearly and professionally.
• Evidence of strong organisational and self-motivational skills.
• Experience of working in a fast-paced environment and to deadlines.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to operate flexibly as a member of this cross-disciplinary team.

Salary: The salary scale applicable is the Post Doctoral Researcher Level 2.

€33,975 to €42,394 p.a. (7 points) 1 November 2013 scale

Candidates should note that entry point will be in line with Government pay policy. The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy. Salary is payable on the 15th of each month. PRSI is payable at the A1 rate.

Hours of Work
This is a half time position and you will be required to work two and a half days each week. The normal hours of work in the Academy are 37 hours per week as follows:-

Monday to Thursday 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m with one hour for lunch
Friday 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m with 45 minutes for lunch

Hours of work may be adjusted from time to time in line with government policy. Overtime is not paid in respect of excess attendance which, should it arise, is discharged by time-off in lieu at times agreed in advance with the Director.

Leave: The annual leave entitlement is twenty-five days per annum, pro-rata for shorter periods and part time working. Entitlement to leave for Public Holidays is in accordance with the terms of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997. There is a requirement to take up to four days annual leave where the Academy is closed at Easter and Christmas.

Medical: Staff shall, if required, and at the expense of the Academy, submit to a medical examination by a registered medical practitioner nominated by the Academy and shall authorise such medical practitioner to disclose and to discuss with the Academy the results of the examination and the matters which arise from it so that the Academy can ascertain any matters that they consider might impair a staff member from properly discharging his/her duties.

Pension: Details of the appropriate pension scheme will be provided upon determination of appointee’s status.

Pension-Related Deduction: This appointment is subject to the pension-related deduction in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009.

Application Process

Completed applications consisting of one electronic copy (with all documents contained in one MS Word file/PDF) must be submitted by e-mail to in the order as set out below:-

1. A statement demonstrating how you meet the requirements for the post. 
2. A curriculum vitae summarising your qualifications and relevant experience

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of information provided in their application.

Closing date: The closing date for applications is Friday 12th December 2014 at 10 a.m. Late applications will not be considered. We anticipate interviews taking place during week commencing 5th January 2015.

The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer

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