University of York

University of York

Data Wrangler

United Kingdom

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Data Wrangler




£36,024 - £44,263 a year


Grade 6

Contract status

Fixed term

Hours of work


Based at

University of York - King's Manor (with some remote working options available)

Interview date

12 January 2024

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  • 12866 - Job Description.pdf (PDF, 299.63kb)
  • Role Description Department

    The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) is a world-leading digital repository which provides digital data archiving services for UK archaeology. We are a recognised component of UKRI's research infrastructure and hold the Core Trust Seal. We are based in the University of York but work closely with external partners, both in Higher Education and in the public and commercial archaeological sectors. In addition to our internal bespoke systems that underpin the workflows of our digital preservation activity, the ADS also hosts public-facing services to facilitate the collection of digital material. These include ADS-EASY for online deposition of files, and OASIS, a system for the recording of fieldwork events in the UK, hosted on behalf of national heritage agencies.


    The role is primarily designed to improve and evolve the current metadata pipelines and processes at the ADS in tandem with our work with International Partners, and act as the strategic and best-practice lead for metadata within the organisation. This will involve working on enhancements for enriching ADS metadata and practical work including integration of controlled vocabularies and gazetteers, mapping to metadata standards and ontologies, and (meta)data wrangling, cleaning, and transformation. It will include both hands-on work, and an advisory role with regard to current metadata management best practice, and helping to design the ongoing organisational strategy for metadata management.

    Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

    You will have experience of working with metadata in a repository, data archive or similar environment, and the ability to collect metadata from services or filestores and transform and enhance both structured metadata and ‘messy' data. You will have in-depth knowledge of common metadata standards and models, and controlled vocabularies and gazetteers in at least one discipline area.

    Interview date: 12 January 2024

    For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Tim Evans on [email protected]

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

    Job details


    Data Wrangler


    University of York


    United Kingdom


    November 17, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 11, 2023

    Job type



    Anthropology,Arts and Culture,History,Psychology,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of York was established in 1963 when the University Grants Commission permitted a university in 1960. The university started operating with its first batch of 230 students on Oct. 9, 1963, under the leadership of Lord James as its chancellor. Originally the university only had 28 staff members and six departments; economics, English, education, history, politics, and mathematics. At present, the university includes nine colleges and more than 30 research centers and academic departments. The university is now accredited by the Privy Council.

    Located in Heslington, the University of York has been improving and expanding its campus ever since its establishment. The campus has plenty of landmarks, sculptures, and college buildings. The King's Manor is a historic structure that currently houses the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Department of Archaeology. Located in the center of the campus, Central Hall is a tiered auditorium used for hosting concerts, competitions, conferences, graduations, fashion shows, and other events. The university's archives and library network includes many libraries on the campus and in the nearby area. The JB Morrell library is the campus' main library. Heslington Hall is another significant landmark of the campus.

    The University of York offers a plethora of undergraduate, research, and postgraduate programs in various fields like archaeology, sciences, computer science, law, management, medicine, mathematics, languages, arts, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The university has 18,930 students. The university has collaborations with reputed research-oriented institutions across the world. It is a part of an alliance of 24 well-established research-intensive universities. Also, the university has great student exchange programs and research links with numerous other universities around the globe. It offers excellent professional training to its students and provides them outstanding employment opportunities in prestigious firms.

    The university has produced several notable and successful alumni. Greg Dyke is a renowned British journalist, media executive, broadcaster, and football administrator. Aníbal Cavaco Silva is Portugal's former president. Mahmoud Mohieldin is the vice-president of the World Bank Group. Jung Chang is a British writer, famous for her award-winning book 'Wild Swans'. Anthony Horowitz is an English screenwriter and novelist, popular for his works such as 'The Diamond Brothers' series, 'The Power of Five' series, and the 'Alex Rider' series. Han Seung-soo is South Korea's former prime minister. Peter Hitchens is an author and journalist who writes for The Mail. His popular works include 'The Abolition of Britain', 'The War We Never Fought', and 'The Rage Against God'. Many other distinguished people are a part of the university's alumni network.

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