Metadata Specialist

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Posted 10 February, 2014. Closes 24 February, 2014.


International Studies / Brumfield Project (Suzzallo/Allen Libraries)

Job Title:

Metadata  Specialist

Date Posted:

14 January, 2014

Closing Date:

28 January, 11:45pm

Number Available:



$9.70-$10.00 per hour, depending on experience


10 to 19.5 hours per week


  • Describe images of buildings in a digital Russian Architecture Collection. Enter descriptions into relational database forms using a MS Access front end. Follow project-specific procedures, which require adherence to standards including VRA Core 4, Cataloging Cultural Objects, Art and Architecture Thesaurus, Library of Congress Authorities.
  • Analyze metadata sets by querying database using Query-By-Example grids and SQL. May require extensive quality assurance and validity checks of already-existing metadata, using XML Schema (or RNG) when helpful.
  • If there is any additional time (unlikely), will assist in metadata repurposing, mostly using XSLT, to transform relational data into VRA Core XML, tab delimited text for upload into CONTENTdm digital collection management software, and RDF for upload into a linked data repository.
  • If contributing to the linked data project, will perform identity resolution, enrich the local metadata set with links to external data sets, and edit project ontologies using RDFs and possibly OWL.
  • May query the metadata stored in an eXist-db xml database using XQuery.
  • Also may participate in deploying geospatial metadata (latitude/longitude) for Russian locations; the preferred deployment is data visualization, probably a map.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Comfort working with forms and creating queries in a relational database
    • Some course work or other experience with metadata or cataloging and a subsequent working knowledge of metadata schemas, standards and practices
    • Strategies for making sense of text strings in Russian
    • PC keyboarding proficiency, close attention to detail, ability to follow rules and specifications, good visual and analytical skills

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Familiarity with VRA Core, AAT, CCO, Library of Congress authorities
    • Knowledge of architecture, especially the names of architectural details
    • Experience with XML technologies, especially XSLT and XML Schema (or RNG)
    • Intermediate knowledge of relational databases and SQL
    • Experience with linked data: RDF, RDFa, RDFs, OWL, ontologies, SPARQL, etc.
    • Some proficiency with Russian language
    • Intermediate/advanced knowledge of MS Access
    • Experience in creating maps and otherwise working with coordinates to build "cool stuff"

    Other Details:

    This is a limited duration project. Expected completion date May/June 2014.

    Application Process:

    1. Complete a UW Libraries student job application form. To ensure compatibility and consideration, complete the application form using Adobe Reader; some programs, including versions of Mac Preview, are not fully compatible with PDF forms.
    2. Submit the following materials by uploading them to the Library student employment online dropbox.
      • Application form
      • Resume

    Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

    For additional information or questions regarding student job opportunities, or for assistance with the application process, please contact the Student Employment Coordinator, UW Libraries:
    Erik Dahl