Thursday, May 28, 2015

Data Specialist. Open Society Archives, Budapest. Open until 10 June 2015

Data Specialist, Open Society Archives (HUN)


Position for: Staff Unit: Open Society Archives

Full-time Starting date: August 1, 2015

Application deadline: June 10 2015

Full Or Part Time: Full-Time (40 working hours/week)

The Open Society Archives seeks a dynamic, interesting individual for a Data Specialist position to implement its new archival management system and enhance the cataloging/processing procedures at OSA.

The Open Society Archives affiliated with the Central European University is an international research center and Cold War archive, founded by George Soros in 1995. It is member of the Open Society Foundations Network (OSF). The Archives with its vast multilingual collections on Cold War, Human Rights and Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe constitute one of the world’s largest repository on recent history.

The Specialist will assist the Director and the Chief Archivist in processing and publishing online OSA holdings and expanding its digital services:

• Enhancing the intellectual control over OSA holdings

• Demonstrated knowledge of processing textual and audiovisual materials including descriptive techniques, international archival standards and good practices, and metadata standards in general.

• Supervising temporary staff and/or interns in processing, cataloging, data curation activities and assigning/monitoring the tasks to ensure efficient and productive workflow

• Coordinating development projects: gathering requirements, needs, running user acceptance tests, producing system documentation and working closely with the ICT staff

· Working knowledge of software systems related to repository, management, access and preservation such as Drupal, Dspace, Fedora, Islandora, Hydra, Archivists’ Toolkit, Archives Space, Archivematica, and MetaArchive.

· Knowledge of XML, HTML, databases, XSLT. Experience with XML and related technologies, TEI, EAD scripting, Ruby on Rails; knowledge of linked open data issues and the semantic web

• Acting as quality controller and providing consultation, training to OSA staff and researchers

• Liasing with CEU and OSF staff and participating in information management projects upon request

• Documenting the state of the art, updating policies and procedures under the guidance of the Chief Archivist

Conducting research on web technologies, user studies, digital preservation and semantic technologies


•Master degree in archival and information science, or a related field and at least 3 years intensive experience of work in archives, information management.

•Knowledge of 20th century East-European history, or related field preferred.

•Several years’ experience supervising and managing projects

•Knowledge of archival arrangement and description practices and metadata standards

•Knowledge of digital asset management systems, archival management solutions, digital library or repository software

•Ability to work independently and as a team member, exercise good judgment and initiative, and manage sensitive material in a confidential manner.

•Excellent command of English

•Excellent written and verbal communication skills, analytical and organizational skills, attention to detail, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.


Commensurate with experience. However, we offer a competitive salary, as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. This is a full time position

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