Data Steward

  • Company:
    University of Waterloo
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    13 hours ago
  • Category:
    Food / Bev / Hosp

Term: 9 monthsThe Data Steward archives and makes available in the Polar Data Catalogue (PDC) data produced by scientists from various research and monitoring programs in Canada and abroad, along with accompanying metadata and statistics. The Data Steward maintains the integrity of metadata and data collections within the PDC and provides reporting and metrics to support PDC activities and goals. The Data Steward supports harvest and export activities and requirements, and is involved with standards and interoperability initiatives. The Data Steward engages with data contributors, users, partner programs, and the public, to broaden understanding of the requirements and importance of effective data stewardship for science and society.This role is contingent on funding.Intake & CurationGuide and assist researchers and students in preparation and submission of new metadata records and data files to the PDCReview submitted metadata and data files and work with contributors to ensure compliance with established guidelines and standardsTrack submissions and ensure that all metadata and data are submitted as expected and report progress to partner programsAssign Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to publicly available datasets and track DOI assignment statisticsStandards & InteroperabilityReview and update existing metadata records to ensure information is current and conforms with evolving international standardsReview and update the structure of deposited data files, when requiredCoordinate and provide metadata/data harvests and exportsParticipate in Canadian Consortium for Arctic Data Interoperability (CCADI) project work, as well as other related initiativesMonitor and maintain subject matter expertise on evolving standards and methodology related to metadata and data archival practicesCommunication & OutreachLiaise with partner data coordinators and other data stewards in Canada and internationallyRespond to requests from data contributors and usersRespond to enquiries and comments from the publicParticipate in communications and meetings with partners and stakeholders, as well as presentations and events for broader audiencesCreate training materials and YouTube tutorials for users and partner programsCoordinate and provide messaging via online social networking accounts (i.e. Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook)Advocate for best practices in data stewardship through outreach and educationReporting & MetricsReport progress on metadata and data submissions to partner programs, when neededCompile metrics and write content required for formal reporting to partner programs and sponsorsCompile metrics and write content required for funding proposalsCompile metrics and write content required for publications, presentations, and other communicationsSupport quantitative analyses and the creation of visualizationsBachelor’s degree or extensive experience in data stewardship2+ years of demonstrated experience in data stewardship, data management, or an equivalent backgroundExperience operating an online submission intake systemExperience with data quality assurance and the curation of electronic records and informationExperience with data metrics, data analytics, and key performance indicatorsExperience with report generation and proposal writingExperience communicating and collaborating with researchers and research support personnelExperience communicating and collaborating with scientific and/or policy developersDemonstrated level of competence, discretion, and professionalism appropriate for interacting articulately and persuasively with a wide range of stakeholdersStrong organizational skills coupled with the ability to handle multiple tasks and excel in a fast-paced environment with changing prioritiesSpecialization in physical geography, geomatics, informatics, or data science would be beneficialStrong understanding of metadata standards, particularly ISO 19115Strong understanding of SQL and the ability to query an object-relational database systems, such as PostgreSQLFamiliarity with XML, JSON, APIs, metadata interoperability, metadata harvesting and exports, and the FAIR data principlesFamiliarity with data mining and statistical methods using statistical software, such as RFamiliarity with issue tracking software, such as JiraFamiliarity with common operating systems, including Windows and LinuxCompetence with general office software, including Word, Outlook, and Excel, as well as meeting apps, such as Teams and ZoomExcellent written and oral communication skills (French considered a strong asset)Intermittent work outside the normal operating hours of the institution, and occasional travel required