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SPP - Data Curator Media Cloud - International Hate Observatory Project (IHOP)

Apply now Job no: 509169
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: School of Public Policy
Union: PSU
Categories: Professional Staff Union (PSU), Administrative/Office Support, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Housed in the School of Public Policy and Administration, the Media Cloud-International Hate Observatory Project (IHOP) Data Collections Curator will develop a deep understanding of Media Cloud ( and its data collection process, become familiar with the different Media Cloud collections, and work to assure the quality of the collections and stored data. The Curator will proactively identify new sources and types of content to include in the Media Cloud data repository, partner with the Media Cloud-IHOP research and technology team in these efforts, and channel the expertise of users and collaborators to aid in these processes. This is a grant funded 2-year fully remote position.


Essential Functions

  • Expand data ingestion and create new collections of news sources for Media Cloud-IHOP, a set of online tools for researching and studying digital media ecosystems, media coverage and online extremism.
  • Monitor, clean, update and improve existing data collections and lists of media sources that Media Cloud-IHOP uses to conduct research. Assure the overall completeness and quality of data.
  • Closely collaborate with project staff at Northeastern University and Media Ecosystems Analysis Group, and with researchers and developers on the Media Cloud team at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society to advance project goals.
  • Work with the technical team to improve data discovery and ingestion tools.
  • Improve the presentation of media collections to users.
  • Collaborate with partners and volunteers to create new media collections and expand existing collections.
  • Review users’ suggestions for inclusion of sources into the Media Cloud-IHOP database.
  • Conduct audits to assess data quality in the system and in research outputs.
  • Assist in the identification of additional sources and data from different media platforms.


Other Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in library or information science, business, journalism, or other social science and one year of relevant experience.
  • Ability to quickly analyze quality of data sources.
  • Acute attention to detail.
  • Experience and/or interest in digital tools and research.
  • Experience with archiving, indexing, or other data preservation projects.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent trouble shooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Able to work independently as part of a team with flexibility and initiative.
  • Strong group facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work on both technical and research issues.
  • Understanding of the process of data ingestion and cleaning.
  • Ability to learn basic programming as required, and understand software development processes.
  • Ability to coordinate with software development teams remotely.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical Office Environment


Additional Details

This is a grant funded 2-year fully remote position with the possibility of re-appointment contingent on funding.

This is an excellent position for someone with a background in library or information sciences, and with an interest in journalism/media and digital communication.


Work Schedule

Hours may vary, as determined by project supervisor.


Salary Information

PSU Level: 25

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include a resume, cover letter, and three (3) professional references.  In their cover letters, applicants should include a diversity statement—a paragraph or two in length—that discusses the candidate’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity. 

Review of applicants will begin on August 6, 2021, and will continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. 

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive work environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued. We believe diversity benefits and enriches the development of all of the students, staff, and faculty in our college. To learn more, please visit


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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