Metadata Architect

Posted to IASSIST on: 2016-03-16

Employer: United States Special Operations Command

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United States Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC requires a Metadata Architect with a minimum US SECRET clearance for an initial three month period from 1 April – 30 June 2016.  The Metadata Architect will provide leadership and support for metadata services on a closed classified network for an expansive repository of digital products and information across many functional areas.  Responsibilities

  • Conceptualizes, plans, and implements descriptive framework and practices for this repository.  Serves as the leader for adopting technologies related to creation and use of metadata and for standardizing descriptive metadata practice across formats, projects, and programs, to facilitate digital preservation and access.  
  • Performs analysis of current organizational taxonomy and ontology for recommended improvements and for implementation of those improvements as directed. 
  • The taxonomy covers a wide array of terms across various functions, roles and responsibilities in a Joint military environment. The primary use of the enhanced taxonomy and ontology will be to enable metadata standardization and tagging across a variety of IT platforms— primarily SharePoint and file shares and the search indices for both. The organization is currently working to implement SmartLogic metadata tagging solution across the enterprise; the improved taxonomy/ontology will be used as the baseline for development of tagging rules and relationships.
  • Develops training for the organization’s information architecture team to enhance their knowledge and understanding and develops training for organizational information owners in order to improve their proficiency and understanding of the value of tagging.
  • Develops, maintains, and communicates an intellectual framework for description of digital objects across projects, programs, and initiatives.
  • Employs or develops software tools and scripts to manage and migrate existing metadata sets, or to transform, tidy, and curate raw descriptive data.
  • Explores and adopts advanced schemes or tools for metadata creation and use, automated extraction, or geospatial analysis. 
  • Reviews, recommends, and provides functional ownership for software platforms and tools related to the creation of metadata.


  • Master’s degree in Information or Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, or relevant combination of education and experience.
  • Two to four years of prior experience working in an academic research library, corporate library, medical library, medical center or US Government position performing similar duties; 
  • Working knowledge of metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, EAC-CPF, PREMIS, and/or TEI, or prior experience working in medical informatics; 
  • Demonstrated skills with tools for data manipulation, such as Open Refine, Excel, XSLT, or a scripting language such as Perl, Ruby, or Python; 
  • Experience with the workflows and practices associated with digitization projects; 
  • Excellent time management and project management skills;
  • Effective interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks and use good judgment in providing services based on goals with minimum supervision; 
  • Ability to establish and build collaborative working relationships with a wide range of people and demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team environment.


  • Familiarity with content standards or ontologies, such as RDA, and AACR2; familiarity with Linked Data

Archived on: 2016-04-01