So, time to come fully out into the open, after various coy hints over the past week or so. I'm planning to retire around the start of DCC Phase 3. Adverts are starting to appear with the following text:
"We wish to appoint a new Director to take the DCC forward into an exciting third phase, from March 2010. You must be a persuasive advocate for better management of research data on a national and international scale. Able to listen to and engage with researchers and with research management, publishers and research funders, you will build a strong, shared vision of the changes needed, working with and through the community. You should have a sound knowledge of all aspects of digital curation and preservation, an understanding of higher education structures and processes, and appropriate management skills to be the guiding force in the DCC’s progress as an effective and enduring organisation with an international reputation."This post is fixed term for three years. [I would suggest: in the first instance...]Closing date: Friday 15th January 2010."
This is a great job, and I think an important one. I have been bending the ears of many people in the last couple of weeks to ask them to think of appropriate people to point this advert at (yes, I know that's rotten English; it's been a long week).
Further details will be on the University of Edinburgh's jobs web site, http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/ (they weren't there when I checked a few minutes ago, maybe tomorrow).