Digitisation Technician (Time-based media) x 2

IWM Duxford


Salary: £25,530 per annum

IWM Duxford is seeking two new Digitisation Technicians to work with time-based media across its film, video and sound collections.

The digitisation team converts our analogue collections to enable them to be accessed (for example through collections search) and preserved digitally. The team includes technicians, contract or fee paid staff and volunteers and, in addition, work is also contracted out to third-party suppliers. In all instances the team deliver to internal customers who then connect content with our audiences.

The digitisation team is grouped by why (access or preservation) we digitise the collection and the type of collections that we work to digitise (still or time-based media).

Our access team will deliver on-demand requests to enable the collection to be used in our public, learning and commercial programmes. Our preservation team will digitise our most vulnerable assets now, as many of the assets will no longer be in good enough condition to digitise in five years’ time. This project is called Digital Futures.

As a digitisation technician for the time-based media within our collections you will work with film, video and sound of all types, formats and materials.

Time-based media form some of the most vulnerable assets IWM administer, as such you will be working in a laboratory environment where H&S considerations are paramount.

Minimum qualifications

Knowledge & qualification in relevant subject (HNC/HND/NVQ4/similar)

Skills and experience required

Excellent understanding of digitisation processes for film and sound.

Excellent knowledge of analogue time-based media formats (such as, celluloid, nitrate, magnetic, and video) and the processes to convert these to digital assets.

Sufficiently skilled to train and support others (e.g. to digitise or undertaking basic repairs such as adding new leaders to film, to lace and view a film on a viewing table).

Proven ability to manage your own workload and meet deadlines, balancing priorities for on demand / long running projects.

Able to systematically work to the standards set out in the Museum’s systems for collections care, management, digitisation and rapidly assimilate policy, procedure and systems changes.

Highly computer literate:

  • Operation of film and sound digitisation hardware and software.
  • Operation of a database or cataloguing software
  • Broad knowledge of timed-based media file formats
  • Understanding of digital asset workflow and ingest procedures at IWM (including moving large volumes of data, working with servers)
  • Ability to resolve operational problems and work with other colleagues in Collections Development & Information and Information Technology, as necessary
  • Appreciation of the differences between preservation and access variants, and transcoding.

For full details including how to apply, click here

The closing date for this position is 10/02/2021 at 09:00

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