City of London, Greater London

£22,000 - £25,000 per year

Permanent, Contract, Full-time

Job Description

Do you believe in the power of technology to make art and history accessible to everyone? We are looking for a Data Processor to work on an exciting new cultural project.

The Watercolour World (TWW) is developing a free, global, geolocated database of historical watercolours. Launched in January 2019, we are rapidly expanding our image bank, working with public and private collections from all over the world.

As Data Processor you would have an essential role in our dynamic team. You will be responsible for collating, enhancing and standardising datasets from all contributing collections; oversee a small team of volunteers who add tags and locations to each image; and prepare monthly uploads to the TWW website. This role is well suited to an  information professional in digital humanities or data management, who has good communication skills, and is keen to gain experience in the cultural or charity sectors.

You will be responsible for:

  • Data acquisition: taking the technical lead in data handovers or harvesting data via APIs and other automated routes.
  • Collating and harmonising varied datasets into a single template.
  • Preparing data batches for volunteers to tag and locate using bespoke apps.
  • Running data validation and consistency checks before each website upload.
  • Overseeing monthly data uploads onto the website and liaising with web developers.
  • Managing ongoing updates to collection datasets.
  • Capturing user feedback.
  • Producing regular web and social media analytics reports.
  • Day-to-day website maintenance and quality checks.
  • Keeping up with open source developments and metadata/cataloguing standards.
  • Devising new ways to streamline and improve our processes.

You will report into the Managing Editor and be working with our Special Projects Lead.

Ideally you are familiar with some or all of the following…

  • Data processing software (particularly Microsoft Excel).
  • Programming tools.
  • Content management systems.
  • Collection management systems and cataloguing standards.
  • Social media and marketing platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Mailchimp) and associated tools (Hootsuite, Buffer) – not essential.
  • Relevant open source web initiatives (eg: Museum collection APIs, google geo-coding).
  • Basic copyright guidelines in the cultural sector.
  • Project management methods.

…and have the following general strengths:

  • Excellent attention to detail and a methodical approach to tasks.
  • Superb organisational skills and the ability to juggle multiple responsibilities and run a process.
  • A flexible approach to the role.
  • A proactive attitude and a love of problem solving.
  • Enthusiasm and the ability to work as a team.
  • An interest in history, culture, and heritage is encouraged.

Our offices are based in the City of London.  The role currently has working hours of 9.30am-5.30pm, 5 days per week.  Salary £22-25,000 dependent on experience.