Digital Curator
$45,000-$50,000 per year DOE
Close Date: 23-February-2024

Center for Digital Antiquity and tDAR
Arizona State University

Digital Curators contribute to the development and expansion of the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR), an international repository of digital data and documents related to archaeological investigations. Curators follow established procedures relating to digital data entry, file storage, file maintenance, and security of the archaeological data stored in tDAR. Digital Curators need to have professional knowledge and experience in at least one of these areas:  archaeology (field, lab and classes); digital preservation and digital data management; information technology, scripting, and programming.

Essential Duties

Curators work with outside clients and Digital Antiquity staff to draft administrative and descriptive metadata for digital files to be deposited in tDAR. Work may include digitizing paper documents, records, and images (scanning), following established best practices and national standards. Curators routinely create metadata records for digital files using tDAR data entry forms. In consultation with Digital Antiquity staff and supervisors, Curators identify and redact sensitive and/or confidential information found in digital files. In consultation with Digital Antiquity staff and supervisors, Curators assist in organizing digital files and correcting or modifying existing metadata in tDAR. Curators also assist in Digital Antiquity’s development, improvement and maintenance of the tDAR digital repository. Curators may train and supervise students and/or part-time curators, and perform quality control on the work done by students and/or part-time curators.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND two years related research experience; OR, Six years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Master’s degree in Anthropology Archaeology, History, American Indian Studies, or Museum Studies.
  • Experience organizing and managing research data, specifically archaeological data.
  • Experience with CRM archaeology and the range of archaeological data and documents.
  • Experience with research data management, digital repositories, digital preservation and metadata standards.
  • Experience with GIS.
  • Experience ensuring project activities are carried out in an efficient and timely manner.