Digital preservation domain expert and full-stack developer. I am a researcher, analyst, and programmer. I work on the Archivematica project. I have ten years of experience in government archives and have a keen interest in records and information management. I have UK security check clearance valid for 10 years from 3 July 2012.
Working on the Archivematica and Access to Memory projects. My role is to analyze digital preservation workflow requirements and find software based solutions to satisfy those. Analysis may be done on client requirements or on those set-out by the analyst teams at Artefactual. Archivematica is developed in Python but solutions may not always require the use of code, nor be focused on the system itself.
I have been involved in the Access to Memory (AtoM) project in the migration of legacy archival records to formats compatible with the system.
I have delivered technical training at three Archivematica Camps, in South Africa and the United States and participated in an Archivematica camp in the Netherlands. I have also developed training materials on an ad-hoc basis depending on a client’s needs.
- Analysis, design, and delivery of client solutions.
- Maintenance and documentation of new and legacy code and systems.
- Delivering Archivematica training.
Digital Preservation Analyst at Archives New Zealand whose primary role was to support the System, Strategy, Standards team (SSS) formerly Digital Continuity; in making preservation decisions and providing digital preservation guidance. Having worked with colleagues to help enable Archive New Zealand’s first born-digital transfers.
The organization required us to work closely with digital preservation colleagues at National Library New Zealand and the Alexander Turnbull Library to develop joint-digital preservation strategy and policy.
Our mandate also enabled us to perform digital preservation outreach tasks across the New Zealand government sector.
I maintained strong personal links with the wider digital preservation community. It is hoped our benefit from the community’s effort was somewhat equal to what I hope we were able to contribute.
I was a member of the Archives New Zealand Waiata group, Nga Manu Iere which helped me to foster a more personal and cultural understanding of New Zealand and its traditions.
- Policy development across New Zealand’s government sector.
- Development of digital preservation workflows.)
- Collaboration with teams to resolve complex technical issues.
- Outreach within the New Zealand digital preservation community.
The research and provision of solutions to the end of preserving government’s digital records.
Part of my focus was researching file format specifications and developing mechanisms to identify those file formats using regular expression patterns unique to The National Archives’ PRONOM database. My role was also centered on the development of policy to be followed internally, and by contractors employed on projects such as those for digitization.
I was able to make connections with the wider digital preservation community while in my role at The National Archives where we were invited to participate in projects such as the Unified Digital File Formats Registry (UDFR); or working groups such as that for the development of JPEG2000 policy and procedures at the Wellcome Trust in the UK.
I was able to continue programming for The National Archives, UK, developing solutions for them in Python, PHP, and C++. Though much of it was completed in my spare time to then convert into work assignments, for example, the PRONOM signature development utility.
- PRONOM and DROID signature development.
- Requirements analysis and community outreach.
- File format Analysis.
- Development of procedure and standards for born-digital transfer.
At Red Box I saw through a number of important projects including the implementation of a number of new features such as the development of a search filtering mechanism; and a Cisco-based recording as a service solution. I developed fixes for many different areas of the system as part of additional third-line support duties.
Through my work at Red Box Recorders I refined my problem solving abilities and developed a better grasp for team work and meeting project deadlines. The contribution of this role to my knowledge of digital forensics, reverse engineering, and understanding of the IP stack and technical specifications remains immeasurable in the roles I have pursued in my current domain.
- Reverse engineering.
- Analysis of specifications.
- Protocol level development.