Connecting 18th-century data for the 21st-century, George III and
George Washington in the Digital Age
The Georgian Paper Programme is an international digital and research enterprise based upon substantial unpublished collections for the period 1714-1837 in the Royal Library and Royal Archives, Windsor Castle, in partnership with King’s College London, Library of Congress, Mount Vernon Library, William and Mary College and the Omohundro Institute. The Programme aims to transform scholarly access to and public enjoyment of these collections and to connect them with comparable holdings in the UK and USA. Metadata creation and scanning is being undertaken at Windsor Castle and metadata enhancement by partners through a series research projects and fellowships. This residency will focus on establishing the opportunities for the Programme by IIIF and other international metadata interoperability frameworks; in particular how metadata generated in that way can be imported into the metadata master set for long-term preservation and optimization of access and use.
The residency has the following goals and objectives:
1. identify opportunities presented by developing interoperability frameworks, both in relation to images and metadata
2. assess the applicability of those to the Programme
3. develop a series of guiding principles with the objective of developing an interoperability framework for the international partners to the Programme
4. establish a working framework
5. prove the concept by delivering pilot instances of internal interoperability within the Royal Household’s metadata systems
6. prove the concept by delivering pilot instances of external and remote interoperability between the Royal Archives and the US and UK partners, in particular the Library of Congress, Mount Vernon Library, and King’s College London
7. produce a roadmap for the Programme and for further application by the Royal Household and by the partners to the Programme
• Develop principles and framework for the application of interoperability frameworks to the programme
• Deliver pilot interoperability project including metadata import test between the Royal Archives and Royal Collection (i.e. internal interoperability between Royal Household metadata systems)
• Deliver pilot interoperability project including metadata import test between Royal Archives, Library of Congress, Mount Vernon Library, William and Mary College, King’s College London and the Omohundro Institute
• Produce schedule of roll-out for this critical element of functionality to the programme
The 12 month residency would be divided into three principal phases: a familiarisation and initial information gathering element, principles and framework development component, and a testing and implementation phase, as follows:
Workpackage one: information gathering
Late September 2016
Familiarisation sessions, Washington DC, with Primary and Secondary Mentors
First visit to the Royal Archives, the Royal Collection and King’s College London, to understand current applications used or in planning by the partners
Requirements gathering with US partners including William and Mary College, Omohundro Institute, Mount Vernon Library, Library of Congress, and other pioneering institutions in interoperability
Preliminary report to the Programme on early opportunities identified and import process already established or being trialled that are applicable to the overall work flow, including lessons learned.
Workpackage two: principles and framework development
Residency in the Royal Archives and the Royal Collection to develop planning for how interoperability may be applied and to establish programme framework principles
Workpackage three: testing and implementation phase
USA and UK apply framework principles; develop interoperability and metadata import pilot
The resident will produce an initial report by the end of the first three months, a set of principles and framework by the end of the sixth month, and by the end of the twelfth month at least two documented instances of interoperability in action and metadata import.
Launched on 1 April 2015 by Her Majesty The Queen, the Georgian Papers Programme is transforming access to papers in the Royal Archives and Royal Library covering the period 1714-1837. By 2020 free digital access will be available to all the material, both private and official, relating to Britain’s Hanoverian monarchs.
At the heart of the Programme is a partnership between the Royal Archives and Royal Library with King’s College London. King’s both frames multidisciplinary academic interpretation of the material and brings to bear its own track record of leadership in the development of digital access and has relevant collections that will feature in the partnership. Technical advice and support will be provided by King’s Digital Lab, a newly established unit that builds on three decades of digital humanities activity at the College. The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the College of William & Mary are sharing in this work as primary Programme partners for the USA.
Including the papers of George I, II, III, and IV and William IV, as well as other members of the Royal Family, politicians, courtiers and the Privy Purse, the Programme promises to deepen our understanding and provide new insights into Britain’s role in the world, its relationships with other European states, colonial America and the United States of America, as well as the Enlightenment, science, food, art collecting and patronage, life at court and the education of royal children. Careful checking has revealed that only 15% of the 350,000 pages have ever been published before. This will be augmented with a further 100,000 pages of manuscript material from the Royal Library.
Unprecedented access to this large body of uncatalogued material offers a huge opportunity to enrich and energise 18th-century research internationally, provides researchers and students alike with a rare opportunity to share in the shaping of the public access agenda, and helps underpin Royal Collection Trust’s declared intent to ramp up research into its holdings. Programme partners have held and plan further seminars and conferences to frame research, publication and public engagement, drawing upon their multi-disciplinary expertise spanning Arts and Humanities, and Social and Medical Sciences. Programme partners and supporters are also funding several research fellowships and visiting professorships which will see over 50 researchers at Windsor over by 2020.
The Programme will deliver enhanced access to these papers by digitising and cataloguing them, and both images and attached metadata will be presented on a freely accessible platform within Royal Collection Trust’s website. The Programme will engage with resources and expertise provided by its partners, supporters and researchers to enrich and index further the metadata so as to enhance dramatically the discoverability of the material. This will be leveraged by seeking ways to link the Georgian Papers with holdings within the Royal Collection, at King’s College London, Mount Vernon, the Library of Congress and elsewhere, allowing these papers to be seen within their wider context and transform ways that academic researchers and the public can view this documentary heritage.
1. Possess a master’s degree with graduation between Summer 2013 and Summer 2016, or a doctoral degree within the same timeframe or beyond, in one of the following fields (or other discipline engaged in the stewardship of digital materials).
1. Library Science
2. Information Science
3. Archival Science
4. Digital Media
2. Must be a U.S. Citizen
3. Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of a personnel security/suitability investigation.
4. Latest undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral (if applicable) transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, however you may be asked to provide official transcripts if necessary.
1. Professional background in libraries, archives, or other applicable information management
2. Awareness of the International Image Interoperability Framework or implementation of linked data or equivalent
3. Knowledge of metadata reuse in research and public access environments
4. Demonstrable experience of the use and reuse of large library and archive metadata sets
5. Cultural sensitivity and awareness
6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
7. Self-starter and happy to work on their own
8. Experience of working with multiple partners or in a complex project structure
9. An understanding of tools and methods used in digital humanities, and particularly digital history
10. Experience of working remotely and across time-zones
11. Experience of producing metadata from primary source material
12. Experience of producing requirements analysis documentation
13. Awareness of web presentational issues and UI/UX design standards
TRAVEL AND ACCCOMODATION
Travel within the US, x 4 internal flights US$4000
Accommodation in the US while away from Washington DC, US$2000
Travel to the UK, x 3 £3500
Travel within the UK, £500
Accommodation within the UK for up to 6 months (based on a house share in Windsor) £4200
INFRASTRUCTURE AND HARDWARE
Other hardware and specialist software for specialist infrastructure (e.g. setting up IIIF server): £3000
HOW TO APPLY
Interested Applicants for this one year residency should send the following to George Coulbourne, Chief of Internship and Fellowship Programs, Library of Congress. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Professional resume
2. Cover letter that states professional objectives and why you are qualified for this position
3. Two (2) letters of recommendation, from either of the following: academic advisor or professors, previous employers, or college/university work-study supervisors, who can attest to the applicant’s character, work ethic, and proficiency, reliability, and interest in digital stewardship