GeoSpatial Data Curator

Santa Barbara
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Created: August 19, 2013


The University of California, Santa Barbara, one of ten campuses of the University of California
system, seeks applications for a GeoSpatial Data Curator (an Associate Specialist position) to work with faculty, students, researchers, and Library staff to develop strategies and programs for the collection, description, organization, normalization, storage, preservation, integration, visualization and mining of geospatial data within the Library and across the spectrum of programs on campus.  The position will offer its incumbent the chance to help define the emerging field of geospatial data curation and informatics.

Under the direction of the head of Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS), the GeoSpatial Data Curator has primary responsibility for ensuring standards of description and delivery of UCSB geospatial data.  As part of an evolving team of Data Curators, the candidate will be expected to make substantial contributions in the primary area of responsibility and in collaboration with other members of the team.

The GeoSpatial Data Curator contributes to the design and delivery of services and content supporting the Map & Imagery Laboratory (MIL) including, but not limited to, the Alexandria Digital Library Gazetteer (a global placename dictionary) and a Fedora-based repository for aerial photography and other digital collections in MIL.  Working closely with staff in MIL, CMS, and other departments, the GeoSpatial Data Curator has primary responsibility for:
  • Developing and implementing best practices for describing geospatial data in all collected formats, including workflows for ingesting geospatial data into the developing Digital Library repository;
  • Planning, conducting, and overseeing the conversion of legacy data and metadata to contemporary formats;
  • Maintaining a high level of expertise in descriptive metadata standards for geospatial data, including but not limited to MARC and ISO-191xx;
Required skills, knowledge, abilities, and competencies include:
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g. geography or information science) or a field with a substantial geospatial data research component and equivalent skills/training;
  • Significant relevant experience working with spatial data;
  • Familiarity with information science or informatics as applied to geographical research or geospatial data, including design and/or use of software for data analysis;
  • Expert user of at least one desktop GIS-software package, and familiarity with a second
Preferred qualifications include:
  • Knowledge of library descriptive practices, including XML metadata schemes for specific knowledge domains and MARC cataloging;
  • Hands-on experience implementing and administering online spatial database applications under architectures such as ArcSDE, Oracle, Postgres, MicrosoftSQL and/or MySQL.;
  • Familiarity with linked data expressed as RDF, and web mapping techniques such as Leaflet, PolyMaps, and D3.
A complete list of responsibilities and qualifications is available at:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

  • Consideration of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled; applications received by Monday, September 16 will receive first consideration. 
  • Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit:
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  • Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio that demonstrates a knowledge of cartography, graphic design, and skills with the software and processes necessary for making maps available online.
    • Portfolio materials may be submitted electronically to or via mail to:
UC Santa Barbara
University Library
ATTN: Ryan George
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010
  • For additional assistance, contact Ryan George with Library Human Resources at (805) 893-3841 or
  • Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check. 

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.  The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

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