Employment Opportunity: Public Knowledge Project & ScholCommLab Research Assistant
Public Knowledge Project & ScholCommLab Research Assistant
Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and the Scholarly Communications Lab (ScholCommLab)
Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin, Scientific Director, PKP; Co-Director, ScholCommLab
Job Title: Research Assistant
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and the Scholarly Communications Lab (ScholCommLab) at Simon Fraser University are looking for a research assistant to work on the Metadata for everyone: Identifying and measuring metadata quality issues across cultures starting as soon as possible and no later than March 1, 2022.
Metadata is a vital aspect of academic publishing. It ensures accurate identification and citation of a work. It can improve discoverability, access, dissemination, preservation, and, arguably, research impact. It can help disambiguate similar works. However, despite its importance, little is known about the quality of the metadata that is currently in use, and the impacts of poor metadata have rarely been studied. This project will therefore explore the metadata quality, consistency and completeness from various individual journals and communities. The project will pay special attention to elements that are most likely to vary across cultures, such as names and those that are potentially multi-lingual, with the understanding that metadata issues do not affect nor impact all communities in the same way.
Full details of the project can be found here: https://bit.ly/pkp-scl-metadata. The Research Assistant will assist in “Phase 1” of the project.
- Manually reviewing a sample of records to identify common issues
- Establish a typology of metadata issues encountered
- Systematically document all errors encountered
- Propose heuristics for detecting errors (i.e., ways of automatically identifying problems)
- Understanding of data concepts (metadata, data quality)
- Able to analyze and synthesize data
- Expert at using spreadsheets
- Detail-oriented and highly organized
- Knowledge of scholarly communications and academic publishing
- Expertise with metadata schemas
- Knowledge of multiple languages
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Experience with XML and/or JSON
Interested people should apply even if they don’t feel that their background is a 100% match with the position description. All candidates will be given full consideration.
Rate of Pay
CAD $18-$26/hr (including vacation and statutory holiday pay, no medical or dental benefits) based on experience.
PKP and the SCL are remote teams and this position will likewise be remote. The chosen candidate should be highly motivated and able to work independently under limited supervision. The position is for up to 100 hours, to be completed before April 2022. Working hours are flexible, with some obligation to participate in scheduled meetings.
Interested applicants should apply with a resume and a brief cover letter outlining your relevant experience. Additional materials (e.g., examples of previous work) are welcome, but not required. Applications can be sent to Dr. Alperin at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Metadata Research Assistant.” Applications will be reviewed as they are received. All applications received by January 31st will be given full consideration, but applications will remain open until the position is filled.
Equity and inclusion
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds, including but not limited to, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, and/or status as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour (BIPOC). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
PKP is a university-based initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality, reach, and diversity of scholarly publishing. PKP’s various website platforms, including Open Journal Systems, Open Preprint Systems, and Open Monograph Press, guide users through the editorial workflow of scholarly publishing, including submission, review, editing, publishing and indexing. Thousands of people around the world are now using the software to publish independent journals on a peer-reviewed and open access basis, greatly increasing the public and global contribution of research and scholarship.
About the ScholCommLab
The ScholCommLab is a diverse multidisciplinary and multinational team of researchers interested in all aspects of scholarly communication. Based in Ottawa and Vancouver, Canada, the lab explores a wide range of questions using a combination of computational techniques, innovative methods, and traditional mixed methods to investigate how knowledge is produced, disseminated and used. The ScholCommLab is co-directed by Stefanie Haustein and Juan Pablo Alperin and is associated with the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa and the School of Publishing and the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. The ScholCommLab values and practices open science, it has an established code of conduct, and clear authorship guidelines.