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Open Data Specialist (ODS)
The Chattanooga Public Library (CPL) is seeking a qualified candidate for a
newly created Open Data Specialist (ODS) position. The successful
applicant will join our fantastic digital projects team on The 4th Floor, a
14,000 sq ft public maker/hackerspace in Chattanooga’s city center. This
is a unique library job that combines the diverse talents of a seasoned
collection development specialist, a web developer, a data scientist, and a
community outreach specialist. The ODS position is a year-long grant funded
position awarded to the CPL as one partner in the Open Chattanooga
collaborative. With demonstrated success, we intend to extend the position
beyond the duration of the grant indefinitely.
The ideal candidate for the ODS position is an open data evangelist and an
expert who can work with representatives from city government as well as
citizen groups like Open Chattanooga to coordinate contributions of data to
a public platform or portal. This portal will be hosted by the library and
accessed alongside our other digital collections. The portal’s exceptional
construction, performance, and maintenance are all the responsibility of
the ODS. The ODS will coordinate with partners to ensure that all data
added to the portal is useful, useable, and accessible like all of our
other public library collections. While this position does not require the
candidate to be a degreed librarian, it is important that the candidate
demonstrates an understanding of professional collection development
principles, since this government-produced data will be treated as a
The first and most important task the ODS faces is the buildout of the
platform itself, as well as the creation of a sustainability plan and
documentation of the open data portal as a library collection. Currently,
the library has a beta version of a data portal available at
opendata.chattlibrary.org; this was created using DKAN. The ODS will
either continue work using this platform, or will present a case for the
adoption of another open source platform, such as CKAN.
Chattanooga Public Library considers this data portal a key piece of our
digital infrastructure as we develop more online library services and
migrate some of our traditional library services into a networked
environment. The ideal candidate will bring innovative and creative
thought and workflows to our already robust digital services team.
Eventually, the CPL anticipates serving more than just open government
data from this platform. A candidate with a passion for developing cutting
edge services, skills to build and deliver applications and products, and a
desire to have fun working collaboratively with the rest of us will find
CPL to be a satisfying work environment.
Other qualifications, requirements, and preferences:
- Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in CS or related field
- Demonstrated understanding of data structures and APIs
- Familiarity with the Drupal CMS and DKAN or with CKAN
- Familiarity with the LAMP stack; demonstrated PHP development
- A strong history of contributions and commitments to open source
- Please provide a link to your github account or another online
- Bonus points for the applicant with UI / UX / design experience
This is a full-time position with benefits. Sorry, this is not a remote
work opportunity, you will have to work in the library.
The salary for this job is $55,000/year.
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