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The Repository Software Engineer serves as a key engineer for the development
and delivery of the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR), the cornerstone of the
Stanford University Libraries' digital library ecosystem. SDR manages hundreds
of terabytes of assets, and is evolving to encompass an expanding set of
scholarly workflows for deposit, processing and re-use of research data,
media, and more. This position serves as a principal developer in extending
the SDR's functionality, and in helping lead the engineering of robust and
effective cyberinfrastructure. S/he will also help define the evolving
information architecture for the libraries as its data models expand to
embrace linked data, and represent Stanford in the open source communities in
which the Libraries actively engage.
Within the Libraries, this position reports to the Libraries' Information
Architect / manager of Digital Library Infrastructure. The post-holder is an
integral member of SUL's digital library team, and works closely with its
product and service managers on shaping and supporting SDR, as well as other
developers and system administrators in system engineering and delivery. The
successful candidate will bring experience and passion leveraging innovation
in information technologies and software engineering to maximize the value of
digital repositories in enriching the research enterprise.
This is a four year, fixed-term position with the possibility of extension.
Duties and Responsibilities
Engineering for the Stanford Digital Repository (50%)
Develop and deliver enhancements and operational improvement to the SDR, an
ecosystem of applications, services and datastores based on Fedora, solr, and
Ruby on Rails, with an emphasis on the Hydra collaborative framework. Work in
an agile, test-driven, team development environment, balancing the rapid and
incremental delivery of new features with operational robustness. Play a
critical role technical role in satisfying the University's needs for a large-
scale digital repository supporting tailored user interfaces and workflows.
Library Cyberinfrastructure Design, Development and Support (30%)
Adopt, adapt and collaboratively extend SUL's digital library
cyberinfrastructure ("lyberstructure"): digital object registry, web and
workflow services, content processing services for digitization & workflow
tools; metadata generation, transformation, editing & QA; personalization and
Information Architecture and System Design (10%)
Adapt repository data systems and supporting tools to consume and produce RDF
and linked data. Collaborate with colleagues and institutional partners to
define and adapt data models, tools and services for a rich variety of digital
Community Engagement (10%)
Represent Stanford in the digital library and open source communities;
identify and adapt code that fits Stanford's environment. Document and
disseminate Stanford developments to other adopters and potential code
Required and Desired Skills
Experience defining and contributing to the technical architecture of complex
information management systems.
Expertise with Ruby on Rails both for application development and in
engineering an enhanced framework, including plug-ins, engines and gems, for
developing library and repository applications.
Working knowledge of Java and Object Oriented programming concepts, SQL and
relational database applications and concepts, and tools for systems
deployment, operation and monitoring.
Working knowledge of an RDF-based infrastructure, including triple stores and
SPARQL. Demonstrated expertise with production-oriented application
development using RDF and related tools and technologies.
Working knowledge of agile software development practices and test driven
development principles. Demonstrated understanding of best practices for
software development, and an ability to introduce and reinforce application of
those practices in a team environment.
Demonstrated experience writing solid, simple, elegant code both independently
and in a team-programming environment and within schedule limitations.
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively on a project from
specification to launch; and to work with multiple levels of staff, and
colleagues at peer institutions and open source communities; excellent verbal
and written communication skills.
Demonstrated success contributing to community-based open source projects,
specifically those relevant to the Stanford Libraries' Digital Library
architecture, such as Fedora, Blacklight, Solr or Hydra.
Masters degree or equivalent professional experience in Computer Science,
Information Science or related field.
Five or more years relevant experience designing middleware, services or
infrastructure for information-based software systems.
Seven or more years relevant experience designing middleware, services or
infrastructure for complex software systems for consideration at the 4P4 level
Familiarity with library-related metadata and metadata standards, particularly
MARC, MODS, METS, TEI and EAD.
Familiarity with the use of RDF, linked data and semantic markup in digital
library and digital humanities projects.
Experience in the digital library community.
Prior success in working in an academic environment.
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