Brown University is in the process of implementing VIVO, an open source
semantic web application that supports and facilitates research discovery
within and among institutions. The Brown University Library
is seeking a Semantic Web Programmer/Developer to play a vital role in the
launch and support of this new campus enterprise system.
This full time, permanent position is an exciting opportunity for a programmer
to work on a large-scale project using linked open data in a collaborative
environment employing agile software development practices.

The Semantic Web Programmer/Developer is responsible for initial data design
and ingestion, for configuration of local extensions to the application
ontology and for ongoing maintenance of the data and its
applications. The position develops and documents scripts
and semantic web technologies to process data and metadata from institutional
databases of record, online databases of publications and research grant
information, and other sources as identified by campus
stakeholders. S/He writes programs and web services to
enhance and prepare data for reporting, analysis, archiving, and display. S/he
works with other technology staff to leverage semantic data from various
systems to deliver new and innovative services. The position participates
actively in the VIVO development network and represents Brown in the national
VIVO community. The position reports to the Head,
Integrated Technology Services in the Brown University Library.


● Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or Advanced Degree in Information
Science; plus three to five years experience in data management and web
application development using current methods and technologies

● Experience working with the RDF data model and semantic web design

● Experience with formal ontology languages such as OWL and RDFS

● Experience with languages for querying RDF (e.g., SPARQL, SeRQL)

● Experience with one or more metadata manipulation and scripting languages:
XSLT, Java, Perl, Python, or PHP

● Knowledge of data extraction, mining, harvesting techniques and tools

Preferred Qualifications:

● Experience with Jena or other semantic web libraries

● Experience with deployment of RDF triple stores in a production environment

● Experience with metadata issues related to the discovery of academic

● Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

● Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

To apply for this position (JOB# B01403), please visit Brown's Online
Employment website (, complete an application
online, attach documents, and submit for immediate
consideration. Documents should include cover letter,
resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.

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