MSU Careers Details – Technical Lead, The Commons / Information Technologist II

“The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) and the MSU Libraries seek an Information Technologist II to fill the Technical Lead role supporting the development of The Commons, a nonprofit academic professional network serving scholars across the disciplines and around the world.  This is a full-time, 24-month end-dated position, with the possibility of renewal. 

 

The successful candidate will be an up-and-coming leader in academic WordPress development, with a commitment to building and maintaining a large-scale scholar-focused network. The candidate will also have outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills, deep intellectual curiosity, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively on a distributed team.

Specific areas of responsibility for this position include:

Prototyping and developing new platform integrations and features
Tracking and resolving bug reports and other user feedback
Designing and implementing a federated, scalable architecture for network growth
Ensuring full adherence with network accessibility standards and consistently improving platform user experience
Creating full documentation both for code developed and for network deployment processes
Working with the Commons team to shape the project’s roadmap, prioritize development goals, and deliver on those goals….”

Digital Repository Software Developer – METRO

“Located in New York City, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a non-profit organization working to develop and maintain essential library services throughout New York City and Westchester County. The METRO membership consists of a diverse group of over 200 libraries, archives, and information organizations ranging from New York’s largest libraries to small community archives. METRO provides professional development and continuing education opportunities for our membership, in addition to digitization, metadata, and hosting services for digital collections.

METRO is seeking a highly motivated Software Developer/Software Engineer with demonstrable understanding of modern PHP code, an interest in cultural heritage and/or Open Science and ideally with prior experience developing Drupal 8/9 modules. We have architected and developed an innovative open source DAM/Digital repository system called Archipelago, and as part of the development team, you will have a chance to significantly contribute to this project, support our pre-existing stack and popular home-brewed software. You will also help our partners transition to our platform and participate in related digital GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) initiatives constructed on top, on one side, or under it. Archipelago taps deeply into the marrow bone of Drupal 8/9 by implementing a different approach to data modelling that enables nearly infinite GLAM metadata and media workflows.  By running under innovative DevOps approaches and making use of JSON’s nimbleness, Archipelago is navigating the shifting technical landscape with real world LoD implementations, Natural Language Processing, complex data mangling, and graph traversing. Part of your work will include reflecting on our current roadmap and exploring how our existing code base can be improved upon. You will help us determine what code needs to be pruned, what parts need better documentation, and how we can leverage our community values like openness and inclusion to build better and just software systems. Reporting to the Assistant Director for Digital Strategy and Archipelago software architect, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with our team moving each code release forward, building new custom repositories and new features for our national and international partners….”

Software Engineer, the Underlay Project · KFG Notes

“The Knowledge Futures Group is hiring a software developer to help us build the Underlay, a distributed public knowledge graph. We’re looking for someone with strong full-stack web development skills and an interest in semantic web and decentralized web technologies. You’ll get to work with experimental technologies, make significant contributions to product direction, and help shepherd a research project into the real world. We will pay you competitively with startups, let you work from wherever you want, and take you and your ideas seriously. Join us!…”

Getting ahead of the curve on Covid-19 – Code For Africa – Medium

“Does one size fit all? How should Africa, with its fragile healthcare systems, crowded settlements and large informal economies tailor global strategies for fighting Covid-19 to ensure they are feasible or effective locally? African policymakers and health agencies need evidence-based insights with strong local context to make informed decisions. They are, however, struggling to find detailed local data or analysis.

The continent’s largest network of open data analysts and civic technologists, Code For Africa (CfA), and the open source digital archive for African scientific research, AfricArXiv, have therefore partnered to support African efforts to get ahead of the curve, by helping surface actionable local data and credible local scientific research.

The partnership will include expert analysis by the CfA-affiliated Takwimu, on the political economy and development policy impacts, and will also leverage AfricArXiv’s partnerships with the world’s leading preprint repositories for scientific research, namely the Open Science Framework (OSF), ScienceOpen and Zenodo. …”

MOSS launches COVID-19 Solutions Fund – The Mozilla Blog

“Mozilla is announcing today the creation of a COVID-19 Solutions Fund as part of the Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS). Through this fund, we will provide awards of up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way….”

MOSS launches COVID-19 Solutions Fund – The Mozilla Blog

“Mozilla is announcing today the creation of a COVID-19 Solutions Fund as part of the Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS). Through this fund, we will provide awards of up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way….”

An online tool to determine Plan S aligned publishing venues: an invitation to tender.

cOAlition S members are seeking to procure a “journal checker tool” to enable their researchers to identify publishing venues which offer a route to comply with the Plan S Principles. We envision a simple web interface that will provide an author with concise information regarding their ability to publish in a journal while complying with Plan S.

The user should be able to type in the name of their preferred journal, pick their institution, choose their funder, and easily see if that journal enables compliance with their funder’s OA policy and if so, via which route.

The focus of the tool is to provide an answer as to whether the journal:

• Offers a route to compliance, as set out in the Implementation Guidance of Plan S

• Offers a CC BY option to all researchers working under a Plan S policy

• Allows the author to retain copyright

cOAlition S invites qualified providers to develop a Plan S Journal Checker tool | Plan S

“cOAlition S publishes today, 7 February 2020, an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the development and maintenance of a Journal Checker Tool. This tool will support researchers who receive funding from cOAlition S members to identify publishing venues (journals or platforms) that enable compliance with Plan S. We require the Journal Checker Tool to be available for use from November 2020.

To ensure there is no further delay to the implementation of Plan S, cOAlition S is adopting an iterative approach to determining publishing venues aligned to Plan S. This is in recognition that some elements of the Plan S Implementation Guidance are yet to be fully implemented (such as price transparency). Therefore, the initial focus will be on identifying publishing venues that meet the following Plan S requirements:

a) Offer a route to compliance, as set out in Implementation of Plan S b) Offer a CC-BY option to all researchers working under a Plan S policy c)  Allow the author to retain copyright….”

Next Generation ArXiv and the Economics of Open Access Publishing

“Launched in 1991, arXiv has become an indispensable platform providing free and open access to research for the machine learning community and beyond. Now, arXiv has announced plans to alpha test its next-generation “arXiv-NG” submission system in the first quarter of 2020. The system is a significant part of the growing arXiv-NG initiative that aims to improve core service infrastructure through an incremental and modular renewal of the existing arXiv system.

The arXiv team has already taken the initial steps to improve the overall accessibility of the repository’s user interfaces, both through behind-the-scenes structural improvements and user-facing changes — adding for example support for mobile-friendly abstract pages….”

Knowledge Futures Group

“The Knowledge Futures Group is a non-profit technology organization where promising new projects nurtured at knowledge institutions get built to scale and compete with proprietary alternatives.

Founded at MIT, directed by educators, publishers, and technologists, and supported by a consortium of funders and partners, the KFG brings the intelligence and experience of knowledge institutions together with the product development speed and capacity of technology companies.

We build better futures….”