Research Data Curator

Human Sciences Research Council

Gauteng, South Africa

5 YearsContract

Jul 7

In delivering social science that makes a difference, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.The eResearch Knowledge Centre (eRKC) within the HSRC employs a group of practitioners and specialists in the areas of information services, geospatial analytics, and digital curation who provide knowledge services to enhance the HSRCs research capability.The eRKC is looking to appoint a suitably qualified professional to take on the responsibilities of a Research Data Curator. The main responsibilities of this position are to, as part of the Digital Curation team, facilitate best practice Research Data Management, curate (preserve and share) Social Science research data, and promote the use thereof.The vision of the eRKC is to enhance the HSRCs research capability through innovative information services, geospatial solutions, and digital curation. The mission of the eRKC is to be an informed research enabler that provides innovative knowledge services and access to resources that meet the needs of the HSRCs research community and its stakeholders. This is achieved byManaging various resource collections and support the use thereof,Supporting digital scholarship and providing support for organisation wide processes and requirements,Supporting geospatial analytics in the HSRC, andRaising awareness about best practices and building capacity in the HSRC.Research Data CuratorExternal AdvertFive (5) Year Fixed Term ContractOffice Base: PretoriaREF: eRKC/RDC/0721The Research Data Curator role demands that the incumbent functions as part of the wider eRKC s team to ensure that its mandate in terms of research data related services is optimally fulfilled. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of the HSRC Research Data Collection and facilitate its use, develop curation related policies and procedures, manage scholarship support services related to data, produce management and performance information related to research data, manage curation technologies, systems, and processes, as well as participate in the wider curation community. Curate deposited data and related documentation byValidating and checking deposited data and documentation.Reviewing and completing structured metadata and compiling user guides to describe datasets and facilitate re-use.Preparing preservation and dissemination files.Manage the use of curated data byManaging requests and enquiries.Promoting the use of curated data sets.Training users to access curated data.Train and assist staff in research units to Manage research data according to best practices that support the preservation and dissemination of data.Facilitate the curation process, raise awareness about data management policies of funders, and assist researchers to comply with these, advise on the development of data management plans, and assist researchers to find relevant existing data sets.Review data preservation and sharing plans.

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