Archive for March, 2012

Job Posting – Metadata Analyst, Stanford University Libraries

Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) is looking for a Metadata Analyst to help curate datasets from selected domains, with a primary focus on describing these information resources to enable management, preservation, discovery and re-use. The goal of this hands-on position is to advance SULAIR’s capacity and the Stanford response to the NSF Data Management Plan mandate by developing strategies through practice to curate data efficiently and effectively. The candidate will, over the course of a 2-year term project, work across the Digital Library Systems and Services group, other staff in the Metadata Unit, and user-facing library personnel to create and sustain a general workflow for submission of science and engineering data into the Stanford Digital Repository. Working with pilot data sets and use cases from GIS and other domains, the selected candidate will help produce and enter the metadata necessary to populate the repository and access systems. In doing so, s/he will also produce a landscape view of the metadata needs, roles, tools, standards and processes necessary to provide and scale data services throughout the Stanford University Libraries. Standard operating procedures and best practices for dealing with non-MARC metadata in the context of scientific data are ideal outcomes. The position will be supervised by the Science Data Librarian.

Throughout the life of the project there will be opportunity for interesting sub-projects that will include: creating, remediating and working on ingest models for the Stanford Geoportal, an online search engine for geospatial data, and its supporting Spatial Data Infrastructure; working with Stanford faculty and researchers to acquire, transform and ingest the metadata for their data into the Stanford Digital Repository; working with other metadata experts on in-depth examination of data-set- and domain-specific schema, mappings and crosswalking amongst standards; and data transformations across library systems. For each of these, the Metadata Analyst will apply expertise, methods and tools to digital materials deposited by Stanford researchers into the Stanford Digital Repository. S/he will also help identify requirements and specifications for, and validate development of, a next generation metadata toolkit for the description of data sets and geospatial resources. S/he will also assist in specifying the fields and attributes for domain-specific forms for the deposit of digital resources into a Hydra-based Stanford Digital Repository user interface. Projects will be decided based on faculty interest, subject specialist availability, the interests and skill set of the applicant, and needs as they emerge.

To apply for the position, please go to and search for Job ID 46849.

Joe Wible
Hopkins Marine Station
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2nd Reminder: Call for 38th IAMSLIC conference presentations

Dear colleagues,

If you are considering paper or poster at the IAMSLIC conference in Alaska please note that the submission deadline is quickly approaching. The Planning Commitee is looking forward to receive your submissions for proposed papers and panel discussions by March 30, 2012 (the deadline for poster proposals is extended until April 30, 2012).  A list of some suggested topics is available on the conference website .

We hope you will be able to join us in Alaska.

Best regards,

Maria Kalentsits

Chair/Convenor IAMSLIC 2012

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SAIL Conference 2012

SAIL is holding its annual conference on April 10-13 at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, MA.
Carla Robinson, SAIL Representative

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