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The National Gallery

Archived: Research Fellowship (IIIF-TNC | IIIF Towards a National Collection)

Department: Scientific

Contract: Full time, fixed-term

Salary: £32,445 pa

Job Summary

The National Gallery seeks to recruit a highly motivated individual interested in pursuing innovative developmental research to highlight and demonstrate the opportunities and benefits offered by the International Image Interoperability Framework1 (IIIF) to the wider heritage research community. This research will be undertaken as part of the AHRC-funded 21-month IIIF-TNC project which directly brings together ICT and Heritage researchers from the British Library, the National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh University, and the National Gallery, along with several other project partners, to push the boundaries of what institutions and even individual researchers can do with this open flexible technology.

Role Purpose

The IIIF–TNC project, which started in February 2020, is one of a series of Foundation projects aimed at supporting the wider “Towards a National Collection” programme3. The post holder will be the main researcher on the project and their activities will represent the bulk of the work carried out in this foundation stage. They will be actively involved with all aspects of the project, working with all of the project partners to; review existing IIIF opportunities, develop a selection of IIIF demonstrators, prepare and run project surveys, assist with the planning and organisation of the project workshops, and will be integral in documenting and evaluating the work conducted across the project. The development of a selection of IIIF demonstrators or pilots will represent a substantial part of the research work carried out by the post holder. This work will involve working with all the project partners to establish what IIIF resources and tools are already available, scoping specific user scenarios and requirements, before designing and building/developing working examples of how the IIIF be used to meet the identified user needs. The post holder will hold a key coordination role in the project and will be expected to be involved in all dissemination, exploitation, innovation and impact activities. They will also maintain the data management plan. The post holder will also help to more fully integrate IIIF technologies into the wider work of the National Gallery, the other project partners and the heritage sector more generally.

Skills & Experience

Suitable candidates will have a first degree and a PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. digital humanities or a data-rich humanities field, information studies, computer science, image processing, etc) and further research experience in a relevant area. Equivalent post-graduate level experience in a relevant subject, or project work in a research environment, may also be considered. They are likely to have a background in working with data management and digital images (ideally within a web environment with IIIF). In addition, candidates must have significant practical computing experience and familiarity with programming. The candidate must also have a strong interest in conducting and disseminating innovative high-profile research in an interdisciplinary field. As well as having suitable technical knowledge and experience, the candidate must have excellent reporting, communication, project management and interpersonal and will be comfortable working collaboratively with researchers from multiple backgrounds and levels of technical know-how. Experience of working in a museum or collection environment and an interest in Western European heritage, particularly related to paintings and/or conservation, is highly desirable.

This is a fixed-term contract research fellowship which will run for up to 18 months, depending on the final starting date.

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