Dr John Beaman

John Beaman British Library
Position
Preservation Repository Manager
Specialism
Digital repository management, digital preservation, data storage, data archiving solutions, complex data analysis
Department
Collections
Related Offices
Digital Preservation Coalition: Research and Practice sub-committee member

Dr John Beaman is the Preservation Repository Manager and leads the Operational Preservation Team supporting the preservation of digital resources across the Library. His cross-site team operates within a highly complex landscape and is involved in a variety of activities. John also engages with organisations external to the Library, and currently sits on the Research and Practice sub-committee of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC).

Prior to coming to the British Library, John worked in Library Services for a large Russell Group university where he managed numerous digital repositories. He was instrumental in setting up the institution’s Research Data Management Service, was technical lead for Digital Preservation, and managed storage provision for all repository-related services following collaborative work with both internal and external IT service providers to implement bespoke repository storage and long-term off-site data archiving solutions. John began his career in science-related fields and subsequently moved into educational IT, before running his own IT business for almost two decades providing a wide range of services to SMEs and HEIs. His work has taken him to many locations around Europe and further afield including Canada, USA and the geographic South Pole, Antarctica.

John’s specialisms include digital repository management, digital preservation, data storage, data archiving solutions, and complex data analysis. He has been a regular attendee and contributor at digital repository and digital preservation events, and co-authored an access control solution for a leading open source digital repository platform.