Internship – Metadata Management of OIE Scientific & Technical Publications – Documentation Cell – OIE Paris, France



Duration: 6 months (from April 2022)
The World Organization for Animal Health was created on 25 January 1924. Its headquarters are in Paris. It comprises 182 Members and is present on all continents through 12 (Sub-) Regional Representations. The organization is in charge of improving animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare worldwide, as well as transparency of the global animal disease situation. The World Organization for Animal Health is furthermore recognized by the World Trade Organization as the reference organization for intergovernmental standards concerning the sanitary safety of international trade of animals and products of animal origin and zoonoses.
In its current Strategic Plan, the World Organisation for Animal Health has included strategic objectives related to leveraging relevant scientific expertise to address multisectoral animal health and welfare issues, and on implementing digital transformation through the Data Strategy.
In line with these objectives, the Publications Unit is currently implementing an Open Access Policy for its periodicals (Scientific and Technical Review, Bulletin), as well as for its thematic and co-published publications. The Documentation Cell is responsible for disseminating metadata on OIE publications via its Documentary Portal (i.e. assignment of DOIs via CrossRef, PubMed metadata deposits, OAI-PMH). It therefore wishes to entrust an intern with supporting the implementation of good practices in metadata management inside the organization from a FAIR data perspective.  
Positioning and reporting   The intern will be under the supervision of the Head of Documentation Cell and will work in strong collaboration with the OIE Publications Unit.
Internship role and activities  
The Intern will participate in the activities directed by the Head of the documentation cell, specifically to:  

Making metadata easier to find Improve metadata qualityParticipate in the Documentary Portal Referencing project Improve the DOI assignment process  
Making metadata more accessible Categorise metadata according to the condition applied to accessing them (copyright, Creative Commons licenses) to improve their visibilityUpdate Open DOAR/Sherpa Romeo, DOAJ referencement  
Making metadata more interoperable
Explore the automation of metadata repository processes (csv, xml, XSLT formats) with CrossRef and PubMed/MedLine (including PubMed’s LinkOut program)
Add data sets to the OAI-PMH repository and subsequently promote it externally  

Facilitating the reuse of metadata Ensure the data can be re-used according to the best community standardsReview of the Terms of Use page of the Portal
Escalate needs and requests for improvement for data re-use  

Evaluating potential metadata exchanges opportunities
Perform a pre-study on metadata exchange with EBSCO, CABI, Clarivate, as well as with ABES (KBart, WorldCat, OCLC, etc.)  
Support for external teams and users 
Internally: Promote good management practices, provide training, draft guidelines (e.g. ResearchGate/Academia, citation tools, EndNote/Zotero/Mendeley etc.)
Externally: provide information support to authors/researchersUpon completion of the internship, the intern will provide a final report summarising activities undertaken and follow-up actions required.
Required Skills and Experience  

Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:
currently enrolled in a post-graduate academic programme; or have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a post-graduate programme or equivalent studies.
Field of study: Information Sciences / Information Management or other related fields.

Technical skills  
Excellent command of French and English, both spoken and written, is mandatory
Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal);
Experience with related information technologies such as Web 2.0 tools and similar collaborative environmentsKnowledge of Open Science/FAIR data and digital scientific data description and interoperability formats (digital object identifiers, metadata DTDs such as Dublin Core, xml language …)
Knowledge in information retrieval using online bibliographic databases (e.g. PubMed/Medline, Web of Science)
Knowledge of scientific and technical information/editorial processesGood working knowledge of Microsoft Office.  

Additional language skills  
Spanish is an asset.  

Technical Competencies  
Analytical ability: problem definition and establishing research questions;

Behavioural Competencies
Genuinely curious and engage in the work and mandate of the OIE;
Courtesy, tact and ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a multinational and multicultural environment.‘
Can do’ attitude and ability to work within short deadlines;
Ability to work well as part of a team.Adaptable and flexible.
Internship conditions  
The OIE will provide a stipend in the amount of 659.10€ monthly for full time work;
The maximum internship duration is 6 months;
The intern must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan.  
General information  
The OIE places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment.
The OIE is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications of all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions or beliefs.
If you are interested in this internship, please complete your application online by 30 January 2022 at the latest by clicking on the link below.