Job Opportunity: Metadata Specialist I, The Getty Research Institute

Job Summary

The Digital Initiatives area within the Getty Research Institute seeks a Metadata Specialist to work on metadata activities associated with PhotoTech, a project to digitize a portion of the Getty Research Institute’s Photo Archive and investigate technologies, including OCR, computer vision and machine learning, to process large image collections at scale. The images and resulting metadata will be used to conduct innovative art-historical research and enhance collections description and access. The Metadata Specialist will work with the project team to develop and test workflows related to data generation, enrichment, management, and transformation for the archive. This work will entail data preparation and enrichment of legacy metadata, quality assurance of machine-generated metadata, and support of data management systems.

The Metadata Specialist will join the dynamic teams that make up the Digital Initiatives area of the Getty Research Institute. You will work on an amazing campus, collaborating with leading curators, librarians, archivists, and technologists. We offer paid vacation, every other Friday off, and excellent benefits.


The position is being offered as a full-time, limited term position for two years after the start date.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Creates new metadata of advanced complexity based on professional judgment in the application of standards, best practices, research, and analysis
  • Applies knowledge to evaluate, edit, aggregate, enhance, transform, and disseminate existing metadata
  • Provides data management support for database systems
  • Tests new metadata processes and procedures
  • May contribute to documentation of policies and procedures
  • May apply knowledge of research, editing, abstracting, cataloging and/or indexing to work assignments
  • May research and evaluate terminology for controlled vocabularies


  • For librarian positions: MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school; graduate degree in Art History or a related discipline preferred. For other positions: Graduate degree in Art History or a related discipline
  • May require special subject, language, or technical expertise

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of current library, archival, and museum metadata standards, such as EAD, Dublin Core, VRA Core, CIDOC-CRM, and other emerging standards
  • Experience with data manipulation and transformation tools, such as OpenRefine, Oxygen
  • Experience with database structures and data management
  • Experience with digital collections
  • Experience with data migration processes and best practices
  • Familiarity with linked data concepts and technologies
  • Experience with Unix/Linux operating systems
  • Experience with scripting and programming languages, Python, R preferred
  • Experience with controlled vocabularies, especially those in the cultural heritage domain, such as the Getty Vocabularies (ULAN, AAT, TGN) and ICONCLASS
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Builds expertise in emerging approaches as well as established practice standards and/or policies
  • Ability to work in team-based and collaborative environments
  • Maintains effectiveness when experiencing change
  • Ability to meet deadlines, apply policies and procedures consistently, conduct research, and present recommendation
  • Knowledge of new developments in the profession

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