Data Curator

Posted to IASSIST on: 2013-06-26

Employer: Databrary

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The Databrary project at New York University seeks a Data Curator, an information specialist who will work with researchers in developmental science to acquire and organize the content of the Databrary digital library. While its content is heterogeneous, a significant portion of the library is video material.


You will work in close collaboration with individual faculty and researchers across the country in preparing files for deposit, including

  • Analysis of the structure of study data;
  • Data normalization, cleaning, authority management;
  • Organization of digital and physical inventories.

You will also work in close collaboration with the Databrary software developers to

  • Devise metadata schema that are flexible but that also offer incentives to consistency;
  • Devise effective discovery services that function across heterogeneous metadata, and which foster interactions among a highly diverse community of researchers, including UX design and evaluation;
  • Create best practices for long-term sustainability of data formats, including video formats, such as format migration and transcoding;
  • Create deposit, maintenance, and annotation workflows;
  • Create taxonomy(ies) and initial tag sets.


  • MLS and 3-5 years experience in a related field, such as developmental science, metadata schema design and management, taxonomy management, or equivalent education and experience;
  • Working knowledge of data management, including metadata, data retrieval and research data use, format migration, preservation;
  • Demonstrated experience in consulting with faculty regarding technology or metadata options/requirements;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Familiarity with video data and/or sensor data.
  • Familiarity with data management technologies such as XML, SQL, unix filesystems.
  • Familiarity with current efforts in annotation standards.

Archived on: 2013-08-30