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Metadata Management Specialist, Harvard University / Harvard Library, Cambridge, MA

The Metadata Management team in Harvard Library is seeking a part-time metadata specialist to contribute to diverse metadata projects in support of our linked data initiatives and other discovery innovations.  This is a great opportunity for an early-career library metadata practitioner to get hands-on experience on a forward-looking project.

Time: 8-10 hrs / wk through June 2020
Wage: $22 / hr

The Metadata Management Specialist will work with the team completing the final year of the Andrew W. Mellon grant-funded project: Linked Data for Production 2: Pathway to Implementation.  Activities include data cleaning and transformations, working with various APIs to query data sources and conduct batch transactions between systems, exploring Wikidata integrations, scripting processes for automating workflows, metadata analysis of large data sets and conducting normalizations, and other related metadata activities as assigned.


Basic qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with linked data concepts and RDF serializations, such as TTL
    Familiarity with data formats including CSV, JSON, and XML, and with text editors such as Atom
    Experience with OpenRefine and working with datasets
    Working knowledge of XML and editing tools, e.g. Oxygen
    Experience with data transformation techniques and tools, e.g. XSLT
    Ability to work with ambiguity and engage in independent learning and analysis
    Understanding of library metadata principles and familiarity with recent developments around library linked data, ideally BIBFRAME

Additional skills:

  • Experience with scripting/coding desirable, e.g. Python
    Experience with APIs
    Familiarity with GitHub desirable

Full/Part Time


How to Apply

Applicants should direct a cover letter and resume to Michelle Durocher, Head of Metadata Management, Harvard Library, at the following:

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