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Temporary Archivist - closing 26 March 2017

 

Temporary Metadata Assistant (Indexer) - closing 3 April 2017

Temporary Archivist

The UK Data Archive is curator of the UK's largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities. It is also a partner in delivering the UK Data Service, an online portal for social science data, documentation and guidance. Both are vital resources for researchers, policymakers, teachers and students around the world.

The UK Data Service has a short-term vacancy for an Archivist to conduct a project to review and organise materials relating to the history and development of the UK Data Archive.

Ideally the candidate should have experience of working in a library, archives or information service AND/OR a qualification in Archives, Library or Information Science.

The post holder will work within the Resources and Management Services section and will initiate and manage the creation of a well-ordered and easily maintainable collection of materials (mostly hard copy) relating to the history and development of the Archive. The collection should be set up so that it can be easily added to in the future.

This position will preferably be full-time for a fixed-term of two months commencing as soon as possible (up to 4 months part-time would be considered depending on the candidate).

Principal duties:

  • To work closely with the Standards and Security Manager to identify and review all materials relevant to the Archive's historical development
  • Establish and arrange a collection of historical materials for the Archive
  • Liaise with other members of Archive staff as necessary
  • Ensure the collection is arranged in a manner to facilitate easy updates and additions in the future
  • Provide a guide for the management of the collection of materials created for the Archive
  • As well as the main duties of the post, the post holder will be expected to participate in various activities appropriate to their role

Essential Criteria:

  • Experience of archives management or of working in a library, archive or information service
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Methodical and thorough approach to work planning
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Can meet the requirements of UK 'right to work' legislation

Desirable Criteria:

  • Postgraduate qualification (MA, MSc, PG diploma) in Archives, Library or Information Science, other relevant discipline
  • Experience of project management
  • Ability to communicate/present to a diverse set of audiences
  • Knowledge and understanding of the social science landscape

Informal enquiries about the post and the work involved are encouraged. Please contact David Hall, Standards and Security Manager (djhall@essex.ac.uk).

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Kim Berry, Administration Officer, UK Data Archive (kimb@essex.ac.uk). Please indicate whether you are applying for a full-time or part-time post.

The UK Data Archive is certified for Information Security Management, ISO 27001 and our staff fully adhere to data security protocols. We are recognised as a leading authority in managing and curating data, demonstrating our curation techniques to national and international audiences.

Position Ref: Archivist

Application closes: 26 March 2017

Commences: As soon as possible

Contract Type: Temporary

Contract Hours: Full-time (part-time considered)

Salary: Grade 5, £21,220 - £24,565 (pro rata for part-time)

 

Temporary Metadata Assistant (Indexer)

The Thesaurus Team is a unit within the UK Data Archive that is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Archive's controlled languages, including two thesauri: the monolingual Humanities and Social Science Electronic Thesaurus (HASSET) and the multilingual European Social Science Thesaurus (ELSST). The Archive uses its thesauri to index social science research data.

The current work is part of the SERISS project on evaluating the translation quality of ELSST terms, and the relationship between the terms and the data they are used to index.

The work will consist of using selected questions/variables from specified European social science studies and assigning thesaurus terms to these questions. The questions will be in either German or French depending on the language skills of the successful candidate. The second part of the task will be an evaluation of how successful ELSST terms were in capturing the content of the questions/variables.

The evaluation will be included in a formal report.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • Translation qualification or equivalent experience
  • Native speaker of German or French
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral knowledge of English
  • Can meet the requirements of UK 'right to work' legislation

The posts are part-time (18 hours per week) for one month.

Informal enquiries may be made to Lorna Balkan, CESSDA Thesaurus Co-ordination Officer (telephone: 01206 872008 email: balka@essex.ac.uk).

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Kim Berry, Administration Officer (kimb@essex.ac.uk).

The UK Data Archive is certified for Information Security Management, ISO 27001 and our staff fully adhere to data security protocols. We are recognised as a leading authority in managing and curating data, demonstrating our curation techniques to national and international audiences.

Position Ref: Indexer

Application closes: 3 April 2017

Commences: As soon as possible

Contract Type: Temporary

Contract Hours: Part-time

Salary: Grade 7, £29,301 per annum, pro rata

Location: Colchester

 

 


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