(Year Fixed Term Contract 2 Years 8 months)
Digital Humanities Observatory
Funded under PRTLI 4, the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and its partners in
the Humanities Serving Irish Society Consortium (HSIS) will build a
joint national platform for the coordination and dissemination of
humanities research, teaching and training at an all-island level. The
key infrastructural element of the consortium will be the Digital
Humanities Observatory (DHO). The DHO will be an electronic access
portal and research resource for the humanities, designed, hosted and
operated by the RIA.
The RIA now invites applications for the following fixed term contract
position with the DHO:
Metadata Manager (Fixed term contract 2 years 8 months)
Reporting to the DHO Director, the Metadata Manager will be responsible for:
• promoting and supporting the use of advanced computing techniques as
applied to the humanities
• researching, evaluating, and interpreting developments in metadata
• designing appropriate metadata schema to facilitate the use of HSIS
• cataloguing materials using a variety of metadata schema
• assisting in the development of a technical framework to support a
shared repository for HSIS research
• assisting in development efforts such as drafting funding applications
as well as promoting the work of the DHO via professional activities
such as conference presentations, articles and poster sessions.
The Metadata Manager will have an approved postgraduate library
qualification and at least two years working in a digital library or
digital humanities environment with significant experience implementing
metadata for digital environments. The successful candidate must
demonstrate proficiency in OAI and XML DTDs or Schema (EAD and TEI),
with two or more of the following: DC, MARC, MODS or METS, as well as
have experience cataloguing more traditional formats. Must have
excellent communication skills, the ability to interact with diverse
groups of scholars and technical staff, and be able to effectively
articulate abstract ideas. The candidate must be self directed, flexible
and adaptable to change, analytical and results oriented.
It is desirable that the Metadata Manager has experience in
understanding the principles of database structure and design as well as
training and mentoring.
Salary Scale: €48,780 - €52,800
Further information and details of the application process are available
on www.ria.ie and www.dho.ie. The closing date for applications is
Friday 16th May 2008 at 4pm.
Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of the information provided
in their application. This position will remain open until suitable
candidates are found.
The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer