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As a part-time Contributor to The Art Genome Project, you will create nuanced metadata about artists, creators, and works using our proprietary classification system and technical framework for describing art across the globe from prehistory to present. Core to every user’s experience of Artsy, The Art Genome Project (TAGP) powers search and discovery on the site and truly fuses art history with data science. TAGP aims both to connect current and future art lovers with the work their looking for and to introduce them to compelling new content. Its accessible taxonomy helps users to develop the language they use to describe art and better understand their own tastes.
You’ll learn how to “genome,” or to evaluate artists and works to make them discoverable to Artsy’s users and personalize collectors’ experiences on the site. While this process is unique to TAGP, it has parallels in cataloging cultural objects or subject cataloging. Our team is comprised of art historians and information professionals, and although we approach our work from both of these angles, our focus is on the user’s experience of the information we create and on Artsy’s products that rely on this data.
While “genomers” (as we internally call Contributors) conduct their individual work remotely on their own schedules, each team member shares responsibility for creating, shaping, and maintaining the integrity of TAGP’s controlled vocabulary. We peer review one another’s work to stay in sync and we gather twice a month for in person meetings which are an open forum for debates, new ideas, and proposals. This is an opportunity for you to help establish an industry standard for describing art, design, and visual culture.
– Conducting approximately 2-4 hours of review per month, such as peer reviews, spot-checking gene pages on the site, or revising existing genomes to identify gaps in coverage, misclassified content, or ineffective categorization rules and maintain baseline best practices.
– Preparing for and attending 2 genome meetings, or equivalent, per month either in person or via remote conferencing services.
– Producing accurate and informed “genoming” (i.e. using The Art Genome Project and in-house software to analyze and categorize artists, creators, and works) to meet monthly deadlines and content quotas.
– Additional responsibilities may include: contributing to the editorial process for drafting category (“gene”) definitions and scope notes; developing new “genes” that facilitate art information access and retrieval; working with the Manger of TAGP to improve and scale our taxonomic hierarchy.
– Bachelor’s degree in Art History or a related field.
– Ability to work carefully and methodically to completion, even at rapid, repetitive tasks.
– Broad art history knowledge, including contemporary art, and incisive visual analysis skills.
– Self-starter who demonstrates a high sense of ownership and can work independently.
– Successfully sets and meets deadlines.
– Strong categorical thinking skills at both the micro-level and macro-level.
– Master’s degree or enrollment in a Master’s or PhD program in Art History, Information Science, or a related field is a plus, but not required.
– Knowledge of contemporary art from Eastern Europe, Latin America, or Southeast Asia, Old Master sculpture and works of art, or a specialty in 20th century decorative arts is a plus, but not required.
Application Instructions / Public Contact Information
This position is part-time and starts immediately in our Manhattan offices. To apply, please submit your resumé, cover letter, and take our Art Genome Test here: https://grnh.se/75e180c11.