Metadata Operations Specialist

Boston MA
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Salary: 57000-60000
Created: February 15, 2023


GBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.

At GBH, we believe in the advantages of coming together to build community, mentor and learn from colleagues, and connect more deeply with our mission. As a result, the majority of our staff are hybrid and work both from home and onsite. Our current hybrid approach requires staff to work onsite a minimum of one day each week: every Tuesday. Hybrid staff are also welcome to come in additional days each week or may be asked to come in on other days by their manager. 

All employees who will be working on-site at any GBH facility and/or attending GBH events are required to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) unless a request for an accommodation on medical or religious grounds has been requested and approved by GBH.


The GBH Archives establishes the policies and procedures for access, acquisition, intellectual control, and preservation of GBH’s physical media, digital production, and administrative assets. The MLA also offers production organization of archival materials from project start-up projects down, research services, rights clearances, and licenses GBH stock footage.

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between GBH and the Library of Congress to preserve significant historical content created by public media and provide a centralized web portal for access to the unique programming aired by public stations over the past 70+ years.


Under the direction of the Associate Director/AAPB Project Manager, the Metadata  Specialist will be responsible for designing, testing, deploying, evaluating and refining tools, processes, guidelines, workflows, and presentation and use of human-generated  etadata as well as for metadata generated through CLAMS (Computational Linguistics Applications for Multi-media Services) for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

Since 2019, GBH has collaborated with the Brandeis Lab for Linguistics and Computation to develop CLAMS. The platform integrates open-sources machine learning tools and algorithms in support of programmatic capture of metadata from audiovisual files, such as speech-to-text transcripts, identification of bars and tone, text on screen (slates, credits, lower thirds), and named entities.


  • Creation and upkeep of documentation around CLAMS tools and workflows
  • Evaluating collections to determine which tools are appropriate to run on them
  • Developing and overseeing a queue for processing of collections in a prioritized manner
  • Creating tool chains and deploying pipelines on collections
  • Overseeing quality control of CLAMS output
  • Overseeing metadata mapping/delivery to metadata systems and public websites in collaboration with the Archives Technology Manager, developers and systems analyst.
  • In collaboration with Archivists, evaluating, advising and updating guidelines for inventory spreadsheets, data modeling, human cataloging, and metadata searchability and presentation on the AAPB public website.
  • Collaborating with other GBH Archives staff and external partners on CLAMS tool and pipeline evaluation and refinement.
  • Contributing to long-term planning around the incorporation of CLAMS work into core GBH Archives operations
  • Coordinating work with the Brandeis team for deliverables and timelines


  • Knowledge of metadata standards including PBCore
  • Familiarity with Excel spreadsheets and XML
  • Familiarity with machine learning, artificial intelligence processing multi-media data, and Natural Language Processing (NLP) concepts, tools, and methods
  • Experience working with the command line and simple scripting/programming
  • Excellent organizational, prioritization, and time-management skills
  • Comfortable working with technical experts and colleagues in other disciplines (i.e., computational linguistics)
  • Enthusiasm for public media and its history
  • Demonstrated interest/investment in audiovisual archives
  • Experience collaborating with remote partners on projects across multiple institutions 


Library and Information Science or computer science degree required


Contract Position

GBH is an equal opportunity employer. The community and audience we serve are diverse, and we wish to foster that diversity in our workplace. Toward that end, GBH does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment, or promotion based on race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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