PRONOM Developer (DE)

Closing date for applications: 11/11/2019
Specialist role
Data engineer
Summary of the work
Develop a new version of PRONOM (, our registry of file format information. High-level requirements available here Rapidly prototype/evaluate different models and approaches so we can understand the feasibility of our requirements. Create/demonstrate prototype features to users and stakeholders. Implement data model and service enhancements according to agreed design.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
4 Months, with completion by 31/03/2020
Organisation the work is for
The National Archives
Maximum day rate
Early market engagement
No previous market engagement has taken place for this outcome.
Who the specialist will work with
You will work collaboratively with the product team at The National Archives: - Product Owner, Technical Architect, Senior Developer, and the core team of Digital Archivists who create the data and use the service.
What the specialist will work on
A data engineer is required to develop a new data model and web service for PRONOM, with associated services for regularly updating the PRONOM data files. The core aims are to modernise the database infrastructure/technology (currently based on MS SQL), to refine the PRONOM data model, to extend the PRONOM signature vocabulary, and to facilitate better linking and data sharing with external data sources, in particular Wikidata and the Preservation Action Registry. Work will also be required to update the PRONOM web application and bring it into line with The National Archives’ current brand.
Address where the work will take place
The team is based at The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. You will be expected to be on-site regularly, but it would be possible for some of the work to be undertaken remotely.
Working arrangements
Co-located for a minimum of 1 day a week so you can discuss and demonstrate your work and test and refine requirements with the team throughout the project. Normal office hours are 9am to 5pm, some flexibility is available.
Security clearance
Baseline security clearance will be required.
Additional terms and conditions
How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
Be willing to work regularly at The National Archives, Kew Have excellent problem solving skills and display initiative in proposing and testing different approaches to find a solution Communicate openly, demonstrate progress and discuss findings regularly Be able to work and make progress independently to deliver work to a deadline
Assessment methods
Evaluation weighting
Technical competence 70% Cultural fit 10% Price 20%
Essential skills and experience
  • Highly experienced Senior Data Engineer (or Senior Software Engineer) with excellent track record of designing/creating/iterating/testing data models, working with production data , delivering resilient, data-driven services into live environment
  • Have excellent experience of implementing data models for use in live systems environments
  • Have the ability to manage all aspects of the release cycle, including migration of existing data
  • Have an excellent knowledge of architectural approaches that are relevant to this work – you should identify appropriate approaches in your response
  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of graph based data models and of modelling graph data, including experience, knowledge and understanding of graph/linked data querying languages, such as SPARQL or Cypher
  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) processes
  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of creating resilient and secure systems using IAM in a cloud context
  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of validating graph data with SHACL
  • Demonstrate an ability to deliver high quality work to a fixed timeline and budget
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Have knowledge and experience of digital file formats and their identification and characterisation.

Closing date for applications: 11/11/2019

PRONOM Developer (DE)

Closing date for applications: 11/11/2019

Specialist role:

Data engineer




The National Archives

Maximum day rate:


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