University of Notre Dame

Fellowship in Data Curation for Visual Studies at the Center for Digital Scholarship at Hesburgh Libraries

The University of Notre Dame is seeking a postdoctoral fellow who will actively contribute to the University’s efforts to make visual assets accessible and available to scholars and to appropriate audiences. The CLIR postdoctoral fellow in Data Curation for Visual Studies will be an active member of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library Center for Digital Scholarship. The fellow will report to the Co­‐Program Director, Digital Library Initiatives and Scholarship, and will work in an environment that fosters mentorship within an established team of Data, GIS and Digital Initiatives Librarians and specialists. The Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) serves as a “hub” that enhances the teaching, learning, and research process in every academic  discipline. These services include : GIS (Geographic Information System) Consultation; Data Usage and Analysis; Text Mining and Analysis; Data Management Planning; Metadata  Services; Digitization Services and assistance with tools including the center’s array of digitization hardware. CDS leverages state-of-the-art technologies, enabling students and faculty to explore new methodologies, analyze complex data and share research results in ways never before possible. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty on research projects designed to document, study and present the built environment. Opportunities include working with the Digital Historical Architectural Research and Material Analysis Team (D.H.A.R.M.A) to document World Heritage Sites and the Green Scale Project, a sustainable data community initiative.

The fellow will also be an active member of The Historic Urban Environments Lab in the Architecture Library at Notre Dame (HUE/ND), an interdisciplinary team of architects, computer scientists, librarians, programmers and GIS specialists. The postdoctoral fellow will work with the HUE/ND team to create new tools to document, describe, and present the built environment virtually. The team is currently working on website and application templates based on the Seaside Research Portal and SPQR-­ND that will allow one to document any geographic site. These tools combine early publications and archival materials with GIS, mapping, 3D documentation and descriptive applications to create immersive virtual environments. Examples include historical maps combined with illustrated and translated descriptions of Rome, Paris, and Athens from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries built into mobile applications to study historical documentation and the development of cities.

Throughout the fellowship, the Hesburgh Libraries’ E-Research Librarian will serve as a data curation mentor in the broad base of activities mentioned above as well as curation of visual assets within CurateND, Notre Dame’s institutional repository.


  • Work with the HUE team to expand SPQR-­ND, an application for the iPad and iPhone that combines early architectural publications with mapping tools, beyond its current focus of the Roman Forum, to include the historic city center of Rome and creating an application to study lost architecture through historic records combined with 3D modeling.
  • In addition to assisting in the documentation, digitization and analyses of images of the built environment, the fellow will work with HUE and CDS to curate visual assets and implement Getty Vocabularies as Linked Open Data in online projects and Notre Dame’s institutional repository, CurateND.
  • As an integral member of the CDS team, the fellow will communicate and collaborate with faculty, staff and students and will support the Center’s educational  efforts, such as developing and teaching workshops and introductory topic sessions.
  • Participate in library-­wide task forces and committees.

Other roles may include :

  • Participation in curation and digitization projects for visually oriented materials from the Libraries’ Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. These could include illustrated editions of Dante, botanical illustrations, or the Joyce Sports collection.
  • Participation in full‐lifecycle research data curation for the University’s institutional repository, CurateND, with an emphasis on visual assets and metadata enhancement for faculty, staff and students using CurateND to preserve their digital visual assets. In particular, the fellow would collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to implement discovery and presentation layers for visual materials, with well-­structured metadata aiding external search and navigation.

The postdoctoral fellow will have ample opportunity to share expertise and results of research with colleagues via development of new technologies, publication in refereed journals, poster sessions and/or presentations at professional meetings.

Minimum/Required Qualifications:

  • Recent PhD in any discipline with relevant expertise in Visual Studies.
  • An understanding of and ability to analyze and interpret both static and moving images in a wide range of contexts, forms, and genres.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collegially with faculty, staff and students and to engage in outreach and instruction.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated aptitude for digital technologies, tools and methods to organize, make discoverable and preserve digital surrogates.
  • Experience with one or more disciplinary or institutional repository platforms.
  • Experience with one or more current metadata conventions, content standards, and controlled vocabularies.
  • Ability to apply disciplinary knowledge to advance data curation practices and services.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn and implement key standards in data curation.
  • Working knowledge of image copyright.


The University of Notre Dame is a highly selective national Catholic teaching and research university in northern Indiana about ninety miles from Chicago. Approximately 8,200 undergraduates and 3,100 graduate students pursue a broad range of studies. For more information about the University of Notre Dame, please visit the University of Notre Dame homepage at The Hesburgh Libraries hold about 3.5 million volumes and provide access to more than 23,000 serials. The Libraries have 140 staff and 55 librarians. The Libraries are a member of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI), ARL, NERL and other consortia. The University of Notre Dame is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer strongly committed to diversity. We value qualified candidates who can bring a variety of backgrounds to our community.

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