Metadata and Data Curation Specialist

Ocean Networks Canada

August 14, 2014

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Company Overview: 

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. Operating as a not-for-profit society, ONC is responsible for the management of several ocean-based observatories, including VENUS and NEPTUNE and a mini-observatory in the Arctic, on behalf of the University of Victoria. ONC’s mission is to enable transformative ocean research and technology development through an innovative, cabled infrastructure that supplies continuous power and Internet connectivity to a broad suite of novel subsea instrumentation in coastal and deep-ocean environments. For more information, visit

Job Summary: 

The Metadata and Data Curation Specialist is primarily responsible for acquiring, verifying and maintaining metadata and data for ONC. Secondary duties include providing support during infrastructure maintenance operations, mainly on-shore but occasionally in the field. Curation activities enhance metadata and data discovery and retrieval, provenance, quality and interoperability.


The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Information Science, Computer Science or related field, and 3 years of experience working in a related discipline.

In addition, the following skills, knowledge and experience are required:

  • Scientific or research background sufficient to understand the technical aspects of Ocean Networks Canada activities
  • Excellent communication skills, time-management, and problem-solving capabilities
  • Flexibility to manage multiple tasks and priority in a dynamic working environment
  • Demonstrated experience with metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies, linked data
  • Familiarity with XML, RDF, NetCDF tools and formats
  • Expertise with geospatial and oceanographic community conventions and standards
  • Experience with web-services for scientific data discovery and delivery
  • Ability to program in Python, Matlab, R, or other scripting languages
  • Fluent in the use of SQL-based database access tools
  • Experience with digital content management tools
  • Basic knowledge of scientific instrumentation and measurements

The following skills or knowledge areas would be assets:

  • Technical writing
  • Manipulation of large and/or scientific data sets
  • Multimedia data types and utilities
  • Earth and ocean sciences
How To Apply: 

Applications must be received via the University of Victoria Human Resources website: