Data Integrity and Metadata Coordinator

Department of English and Film Studies

Competition No.

Posting Date
Nov 28, 2012

Closing Date
Dec 09, 2012

Position Type
Part Time - Grant Funded

Salary Range
$3,064 to $4,201 (pro-rated) per month


This position has an end date of March 31, 2014 and offers a comprehensive
benefits package which can be viewed at:


The Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory virtual research environment's
system will rely on the quality of the data it contains. While the CWRC
platform is being developed, data entry will begin using Orlando's existing
systems and protocols. Within that system, the Data Integrity and Metadata
Coordinator will have primary responsibility for data quality control and for
contributing substantially to the development of metadata and workflow
management within the Collaboratory system. As the Collaboratory moves into
testing and production mode, the activity of this team member will shift from
the cleanup, monitoring, and disambiguation of materials and participation in
specifications and development of the Collaboratory, to the evaluation, beta-
testing and documentation of the new automated systems within CWRC. The
position involves assisting with the supervision of project employees,
including graduate research assistants and employees of the Arts Resource


A major responsibility of the Data Integrity and Metadata Coordinator is to
ensure the integrity of encoded materials in the developing CWRC
system. S/he will play a key role in the design of the
entity management system for CWRC in order to provide a single point of
reference for which all people, places, organizations, titles, and
bibliographical records will refer. Providing expertise and
guidance in metadata standards and management, s/he will develop metadata
crosswalks to ensure the interoperability of CWRC materials and their
metadata. S/he will develop, implement, and document XML
schemas and advise the development team to ensure metadata standards are
incorporated into the repository content model. In this
position, the successful candidate will initiate suggestions for
functionalities, develop scenarios describing the functionalities in use, and
play a central role in the development of those specifications for tools to
automate the production system. In addition, s/he will
oversee data conversion to appropriate formats for CWRC. As
a part of CWRC's ongoing development, the successful candidate will test, make
recommendations, and assist with the integration of various digital tools,
such as mapping and timelining. Also, s/he will work with
members of the larger team to test, develop, and improve various CWRC
interfaces, including input pages, search pages, and other sites of user
interactivity. In conjunction with programming team, s/he will also take a
lead role in prototyping spatial interfaces, evaluating possible software
solutions, and developing specifications for the spatial visualization


 The ideal candidate
will have a B.A. in any subject (literature or history preferred); M.A.
preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience may be

qualification in library science, humanities computing, or IT highly
desirable; such expertise will lead to deeper involvement in the research side
of project

 Knowledge of XML,
including schema development, and of metadata schemas and practices related to
the humanities highly desirable

 Experience in
software development projects, user testing, and digital humanities research
highly desirable

 Experience working
with Fedora and/or Drupal desirable

 Solid electronic
literacy with respect to standard tools, file management, and use of the
internet for research purposes; preferably some familiarity with text encoding
or advanced web design; confidence around technology; willingness to learn new
skills and experiment with new tools

 Some experience of
large collaborative research projects (especially in the humanities) an
advantage, but not essential

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