Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), in partnership with the OpenGLAM initiative, Open Knowledge Foundation, and Wikimedia NYC, is now accepting applications for an Open Data Fellowship for Summer 2013. This paid, 8-week fellowship will serve two roles:
- Wikipedian-in-Residence for member institutions in the METRO consortium
- Facilitator for institutions interested in pursuing broader open data initiatives
METRO is a non-profit consortium of over 250 libraries, archives, museums, cultural heritage institutions, and non-profits in New York City. The fellowship position will also collaborate with OpenGLAM, OKF, and Wikimedia NYC as part of their work.
- Assist METRO membership in their understanding and use of Wikipedia
- Provide training and guidance on Wikipedia/Wikimedia use and WikiProjects
- Assist membership with releasing collection content into Wikimedia (or other) Commons
- Organize and host at least one Wikipedia-related special event or workshop
Open Data role:
- Assist membership with open data initiatives, including tools, platforms, and licensing
- Develop guides and manuals for data export, management, public release
- Contribute to an emerging multi-institutional linked open data project as needed
Fellow is expected to document their experience through METRO, OpenGLAM, GLAM-Wiki, or other community channels.
- Must have experience creating or editing Wikipedia content, contributing to Wikimedia (or other) Commons, and/or using other open data platforms
- Student (graduate or undergrad) preferred, but any qualified candidates will be considered
- Experience working in GLAMs or other cultural heritage institutions is preferred
- Some experience in user training or creating instructional resources is preferred
- Must be a US citizen
About the Position:
- Stipend: $5000 for a full-time, 8-week term working a 35-hour week
- Position Term: 8 weeks, start and end date flexible, but primarily during summer
- Located: At METRO (57 E. 11th St. NYC); some possible work at member organizations (within New York City’s five boroughs and Westchester county)
How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter (including your Wikipedia experience, username, and other skills you bring to the position) along with your resume and two references along with their contact information. Email the above in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications accepted through May 15, 2013. Questions may be directed to Jefferson Bailey, email@example.com.