DataFlash: Data Indexers

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is “an independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington, that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them.” Their mission is to improve the health of the world’s populations by providing the best information on population health, and to do so, IHME enlists the expertise of countless individuals, including researchers, data analysts, data scientists, and thirteen data indexers. What is a data indexer? Lyla Medeiros, a data indexer at IHME, shares more about her essential role below… What is a data indexer? And how long have you been in the role? Data indexers are part of a team responsible for providing librarian services to IHME. Data indexers not only catalog data for inclusion in the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), they also organize and maintain data files,┬áprovide reference services to IHME researchers, and search for and acquire new data sources. Data indexers are also responsible for creating documentation on cataloging practices, implementing improvements to process and workflows, reporting and testing technical issues that pop up in the GHDx for the Drupal development team, and managing controlled vocabularies and taxonomies, which includes researching and adding terms. I’ve been working as a data indexer for f...
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