The University of California, Santa Barbara, one of ten campuses of the
University of California
system, seeks applications for a GeoSpatial Data Curator (an Associate
Specialist position) to work with faculty, students, researchers, and Library
staff to develop strategies and programs for the collection, description,
organization, normalization, storage, preservation, integration, visualization
and mining of geospatial data within the Library and across the spectrum of
programs on campus. The position will offer its incumbent
the chance to help define the emerging field of geospatial data curation and
Under the direction of the head of Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS), the
GeoSpatial Data Curator has primary responsibility for ensuring standards of
description and delivery of UCSB geospatial data. As part
of an evolving team of Data Curators, the candidate will be expected to make
substantial contributions in the primary area of responsibility and in
collaboration with other members of the team.
The GeoSpatial Data Curator contributes to the design and delivery of services
and content supporting the Map & Imagery Laboratory (MIL) including, but not
limited to, the Alexandria Digital Library Gazetteer (a global placename
dictionary) and a Fedora-based repository for aerial photography and other
digital collections in MIL. Working closely with staff in
MIL, CMS, and other departments, the GeoSpatial Data Curator has primary
* Developing and implementing best practices for describing geospatial data in all collected formats, including workflows for ingesting geospatial data into the developing Digital Library repository;
* Planning, conducting, and overseeing the conversion of legacy data and metadata to contemporary formats;
* Maintaining a high level of expertise in descriptive metadata standards for geospatial data, including but not limited to MARC and ISO-191xx;
**Required skills, knowledge, abilities, and competencies include:**
* An advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g. geography or information science) or a field with a substantial geospatial data research component and equivalent skills/training;
* Significant relevant experience working with spatial data;
* Familiarity with information science or informatics as applied to geographical research or geospatial data, including design and/or use of software for data analysis;
* Expert user of at least one desktop GIS-software package, and familiarity with a second
**Preferred qualifications include:**
* Knowledge of library descriptive practices, including XML metadata schemes for specific knowledge domains and MARC cataloging;
* Hands-on experience implementing and administering online spatial database applications under architectures such as ArcSDE, Oracle, Postgres, MicrosoftSQL and/or MySQL.;
* Familiarity with linked data expressed as RDF, and web mapping techniques such as Leaflet, PolyMaps, and D3.
A complete list of responsibilities and qualifications is available
**SALARY AND BENEFITS:**
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and
* Consideration of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled; applications received by Monday, September 16 will receive first consideration.
* Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00217.
* Help for UC Recruit is available at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/help/applicants.
* Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio that demonstrates a knowledge of cartography, graphic design, and skills with the software and processes necessary for making maps available online.
* Portfolio materials may be submitted electronically to [log in to unmask] or via mail to:
UC Santa Barbara
ATTN: Ryan George
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010
* For additional assistance, contact Ryan George with Library Human Resources at (805) 893-3841 or [log in to unmask]
* Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.
The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the
diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching
and service. The University of California is an Equal
Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.
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