HBO Metadata Technician (Freelance)


Reporting to the Manager, Metadata & Taxonomy, participate in the deployment of an enterprise-level Metadata Initiative and associated tools to standardize and aggregate metadata and provide informational consistency and accuracy across both digital and analog workflows, particularly in support of end-to-end content management and the development of automated metadata management procedures. Requires familiarity with programming logic and some script writing ability.


  • Assist with the onboarding and ongoing support of business units brought into the Metadata Initiative:
  • Use HBO metadata toolkit for mapping, standardization, migration and similar exercises.
  • Support departmental metadata stewardship program.
  • Participate in metadata discovery efforts as new data sources and projects are enfolded into the Metadata Initiative
  • Assist in retrieving metadata through digital archeological and/or forensic procedures as required.
  • Analyze, identify and resolve errors and inconsistencies in metadata and nomenclature.
  • Write scripts to format and move large amounts of metadata, including batch processing, and support data migration and integration.


  • Relevant degree (e.g. Library Science, Museum/Archival Studies, Computer Science) or equivalent knowledge/metadata management experience.
  • Experience with the development and application of metadata specifications: controlled vocabularies, and data rules
  • Experience with relevant standards, tools and technologies (e.g. XML, XSLT, RDF, SQL etc.)
  • Experience with Informatica or similar data management tools, Synaptica or similar taxonomy/vocabulary tools.
  • Experience with media management tools, especially in production, post-production, or broadcast.
  • Knowledge of knowledge bases, especially non-relational (e.g. RDF triple-stores); Information extraction algorithms; database architecture
  • Expertise in at least one scripting language (e.g. Python, JavaScript)
  • Familiarity with Web services and API development
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

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