Project Employee Digital Born Archive - IISG - Amsterdam

Project Employee Digital Born Archive - IISG - Amsterdam

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7 Mar 1 Apr Amsterdam

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Job description

The IISH is working on a digital born archive project. The approach is collaborative, and the intended project partner is an activist community on climate issues. In collaboration with activists and organisers within this community, the project aims to create, describe and prepare for long-term storage a digital archive of documents, images and other types of material. Parts of the archive may be made accessible online. While it is a temporary project, we recognize the need to maintain the results also after the project phase and see it as a 'pilot' for future projects.

The project is coordinated within the Collection Development Department, and is carried out in cooperation with members of other departments including Processing and Public Services.

What will you be doing?
  • You contact and liaise with the community, and together with its members identify materials to be harvested/stored, document their provenance, context, and conditions for access. You organize meetings with community members and other (IISH) colleagues to facilitate the project's progress and realize the project's objective.
  • You work out and execute a project plan, draw up a planning and set concrete goals.
  • You help identifying the most suitable digital tools for archiving digital born materials and pay special attention to the alignment with IISH workflows, storage systems and access portals.
  • You maintain thorough documentation for future learning purposes.
Although this is a temporary position, we would like to introduce you to the collection work of the IISH in general to explore if thereare possibilities to work together for a longer period.

Where will you be working?

You work in the Collection Development department, which is responsible for collecting, and will be supervised by one of our staff members. You also are in touch with staff members of the departments of Processing and Public Services.

Some of the work will take place where it is most convenient for the community, other parts will take place at the IISH. The IISH building is a lively place in Amsterdam East where international visitors, researchers and collection staff meet.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


What are we asking for?
  • You have affinity with the subject of climate activism and understand how decentralized activist groups operate.
  • You have good planning and communications skills, and skills in collaborating with diverse actors and in different situations.
  • You have awareness of and preferably proficiency in archiving and record management applications and platforms, familiarity with software and digital tools related to distributed document management and storage.
  • You are aware that you may be working with confidential information, and act prudently, protecting the privacy of the community members involved;
  • You are a reliable, easily approachable, kind, and committed person. You are willing and able to work outside of office hours, as some of the meetings with community members will be held during weekends or evenings to accommodate for their schedules.
We would like to hear more about you and your motivation in a maximum of 2 pages, and to receive your CV.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 12 months.

Employment conditions
Depending on education and experience, the salary amounts to a minimum of €3.098 and a maximum of €4.257 gross per month for full-time employment (scale 9 collective agreement for Dutch Universities/KNAW) . This excludes 8% holiday allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet and home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP.

The KNAW offers its employees an excellent package of fringe benefits. A package that meets the various needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week it is possible to increase the number of days' holiday from 29 to 41 days a year (for full-time employment). For a complete overview of the employment conditions, please refer to the webpage: working at the KNAW.

Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and valued to be of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together, we strive for an inclusive culture where we embrace differences. We therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this with their background and experience. In case of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who strengthens diversity within the KNAW in this way.



About the IISH
The International Institute of Social History (IISH - KNAW) is a research institute of the KNAW. The IISH is one of the world's leading research institutes in the field of social history. The institute studies how working and labour relations worldwide develop in the long term. To this end, the institute collects archives and data on a global scale. The connection between research and collections contributes greatly to the distinctive added value of the institute.


  • Support staff (clerical, administrative, facility)
  • Behaviour and society
  • 1.6—2 hours per week
  • €3098—€4257 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • 1447


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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