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Geospatial Data Curator & Applications Administrator

Baltimore, MD, USA
Geospatial Data Curator & Applications Administrator

Johns Hopkins University

General summary/purpose:
This position develops and oversees geospatial data applications for academic and research use by JHU students, staff, and faculty and contributes to the curation of geospatial data. The position provides technical expertise and leadership in developing systems that support the teaching and research work at the university, leading the technical and curation side of the provision of GIS services in the Data Services unit, administratively located in the Data Management Directorate. Serves the point of communication between service and technology.

Specific duties & responsibilities:
Curation and Applications Administration
• Design, configure, implement, and test applications and systems for geospatial data in an academic setting, tailored to our local environment at JHU
• Independently administer applications for work with geospatial data and continually seek ways to find efficiencies and provide effective end user experiences
• Co-administer the institutional instance of ArcGIS Online
• Implement and administer a local version of ArcGIS Enterprise
• Contribute to the development of spatial data infrastructure for preservation, access, and discovery of spatial data.
• Assess user needs to inform development of new applications, systems, and services.
• Communicate the system requirements and recommendations specific to geospatial applications to colleagues in the Digital Research and Curation Center and Library Applications Group.
Provision of Services
• Provide in-depth consultations to faculty, students, and staff related to the use GIS applications and geospatial data, particularly the technical and curation aspects
• Create authorization files; make software installer and authorization files for site-licensed suite of ArcGIS software available for download to the JHU community.
• Contribute to the staffing of the shared email service account
• Deliver instruction sessions on GIS and Geospatial Data through course-integrated instruction and open workshops
• Develop online tools for geospatial data users, such as LibGuides
• Participate in regular meetings and serve on committees, task forces, and working groups as appropriate.
• Other duties as assigned

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
• Bachelor’s degree required. Additional experience can be substituted for education.
• Three years related experience required. Additional education can be substituted for experience.
• Demonstrated experience with GIS applications. Working knowledge of and/or experience with administering applications such as ArcGIS server, ArcGIS Portal, ArcGIS Enterprise, GeoServer, GeoBlacklight
• Working knowledge of repository platforms such as Fedora and curation issues for geospatial data
• Knowledge of geospatial data databases, such as ArcGIS Geodatabases, PostGIS, etc.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Capacity to communicate effectively with service-focused as well as technology-focused colleagues.
• Commitment to providing excellent service
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Preferred qualifications:
• Relevant advanced degree strongly preferred.
• Knowledge of Python and Python-based tools
• Working knowledge/demonstrated experience with metadata standards for geospatial data FGDC or ISO 19115
• Knowledge of or experience with geospatial data visualization
• Knowledge of or experience with open source applications for geospatial data, such as: QGIS, Carto, GRASS, R, and Leaflet

The Sheridan Libraries has had a long-standing commitment to building both knowledge and systems to support data curation across disciplinary domains. The Sheridan Libraries Digital Research and Curation Center has played a significant role in managing initiatives to explore deep curation needs with Sloan Digital Sky Survey data, reviewing repository infrastructure and platforms, and leading the Data Conservancy, a community focused on the development of solutions to digital research data collection, curation, and preservation challenges. In 2011 the JHU Data Management Services (JHUDMS) unit was launched from expertise and experience gained through the Data Conservancy in collaboration with the Entrepreneurial Library program. The JHUDMS provides research data management services and solutions for the Johns Hopkins community and has a strong track record of incremental and impactful success in growing data management support and services for the community. In 2017, JHUDMS and GIS came together to form the Data Services team.

The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums encompass the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, the historic George Peabody Library, the Albert D. Hutzler Reading Room, the DC Centers, the Evergreen Museum and John Work Garrett Library, and the Homewood Museum. Staff from the libraries and museums teach classes, curate exhibitions, produce scholarship and serve as principle investigators for research initiatives. A key partner in the academic enterprise, the library is a leader in the innovative application of information technology and has implemented notable diversity and organizational development programs. The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries and Museums is to ‘work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new and promoting existing staff.’ For information on the Sheridan Libraries, visit

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