Digital Archivist II

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Created: May 17, 2018


Job Summary

The Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute is recruiting a new team to build a data and informatics program called “Arcus” that will link clinical and biological data and provide world-class computational tools to solve the most challenging problems in child health.   Recognizing the central role of data to the future of pediatric research, CHOP leadership and the Board of Directors committed to a funding plan, and Arcus was launched in July 2017.  The Arcus team integrates with major scientific initiatives in the Research Institute Strategic Plan: Lifespan, Rare Diseases, Novel Devices and Therapeutics, and Precision Health.  We seek mission-oriented professionals with interest and expertise in the areas of biomedical science, library science, data education, data science, cloud computing, data privacy, and security.

The Digital Archivist II is responsible for the digital archives services that ensure the long-term preservation and availability of CHOP-generated biomedical data, objects, and collections. As a member of the new Library Science team, the incumbent will implement and manage the standards-based workflows and processes necessary to establish a new digital archive and catalog of research data that facilitates new research initiatives and discoveries. The Digital Archivist II will establish long-term preservation strategy and collaborate on strategies for metadata and discovery. In collaboration with technical staff and fellow Library Science team members, the Digital Archivist II will coordinate the selection, implementation, and management of applications and tools that support core functions of digital preservation.

The successful candidate will work with clinical, research, and informatics domains across CHOP to learn about the requirements of different data sources, content types, researchers and research practices and apply that knowledge to the assessment and preparation of new collections. The incumbent will also collaborate with fellow Library Science team members on metadata and discovery standards and supporting solutions

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the implementation, management, and continuous improvement of standards-based digital archive applications and workflows for the ingestion, processing, and management of biomedical research data, objects, and collections.
  • Independently manage a portfolio of tasks with general instruction, guidance, and supervision from direct supervisor as well as distributed team.
  • Assess, establish, and maintain processes and tools that ensure the integrity of content, its preservation and availability for reuse.
  • Coordinate with the Metadata Librarian on the implementation of technical and administrative metadata standards and practices as part of an overall metadata strategy.
  • Identify opportunities for automated processing of content and coordinate with Library Science and technical staff on the establishment of related systems support.
  • Review archival processing and management processes to resolve issues, ensure standards compliance, and identify opportunities to improve automated and manual practices.
  • Collaborate with Data Education team on requirements for collections, content types, and users.
  • Coordinate administration of archival applications and tools, liaising with technical staff on requirements, functionality, and troubleshooting
  • Monitor archival and information science fields for relevant developments.

Required Education and Experience

  • Required education: Bachelor’s Degree in archives, library science, information science, or related discipline
  • Required experience: At least three (3) years of relevant experience in an archive setting

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

  • Preferred education: Master’s Degree in archives, library science, information science, or related discipline
  • Preferred experience: At least three (3) years of relevant experience in a research, academic, or medical archive setting

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Demonstrated expertise with archival and curation practices, standards, and applications for the stewardship of digital content and/or research data
  • Experience with the application of metadata standards for the preservation and access of digital content
  • Knowledge of the models and standards for establishing and certifying archival systems and trusted repositories, i.e. OAIS, TDR
  • Knowledge of current and emerging issues and trends in digital archives, preservation, or curation
  • Experience with rights management for archival content
  • Experience with digital repository solutions such as DSpace, Islandora, Samvera.
  • Knowledge of curation workflow, digital forensics, and content characterization tools, ex. Archivematica, BitCurator, and JHOVE
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Ability to plan, organize work and use time effectively and efficiently
  • Excellent writing/speaking skills
  • Familiarity with scripting languages and/or tools for metadata manipulation, ex. OpenRefine, Python, XSLT preferred
  • Familiarity with natural language processing and tools, ex. the Stanford Named Entity Recognizer and Apache OpenNLP preferred
  • Familiarity with Linked Data structures and tools preferred                                                                                                    

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