Wikimedian In Residence
Wikimedian In Residence
Job Number: 80129
This is a 2-year fixed term position.
The Wikimedian-in-Residence will design and implement innovative approaches to the creation and sharing of library metadata using Wikidata. Research libraries nationwide are adopting linked data models to provide better and richer access to information, and to enable the discovery of new knowledge by linking previously unrelated information. As a widely used source of structured data, Wikidata has the potential to play a key role in libraries' transition to the semantic web, serving as a platform for publishing, linking, and enriching library metadata.
As a key member of the Linked Data for Production project, the Wikimedian-in-Residence will be embedded in the Stanford Libraries, and will collaborate closely with technical services and software development staff at project partner libraries (Cornell University, Harvard University, and the University of Iowa) and more than a dozen leading research libraries, and with the Wikimedia Foundation. The Wikimedian-in-Residence will serve as a conduit between the Wikimedia community and the library community, bridging the interests, workflows and data of research libraries with the communities, data and technologies of Wikimedia Foundation efforts such as Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia.
By bringing knowledge of and passion for Wikimedia's approach to libraries and linked data, the Wikimedian-in-Residence will help identify how libraries can contribute and relate their information with that of the open Web, while also reusing that information to streamline and enrich their own environments. Responsibilities include developing and prototyping workflows for data and identifier exchange between libraries and Wikidata; assessing and demonstrating the effectiveness of using Wikidata to improve discoverability of library resources; and guiding the adoption of Wikidata as a platform for structured vocabularies of interest to libraries.
The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and outreach skills, facility with a variety of data models and web technologies, ability to translate ideas into real-life workflows and projects, ability to collaborate with a variety of roles and organizations, and a pioneering spirt.
Funded as part of a series of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants to Stanford and partner libraries (Cornell University, Harvard University, University of Iowa, et al.), this is a fixed term staff position at Stanford University (with possibility for renewal) that is filled with the assistance and support of the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikimedian-in-Residence program. Travel is expected, including the possibility of international travel.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and five years relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Job Code: 4772
Job Grade: I
Location: University Libraries, California, United States
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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