Open Data Specialist

Posted to IASSIST on: 2014-05-02

Employer: Chattanooga Public Library

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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 portal. This CKAN portal is 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 in other city agencies, particularly DIT, to automate and integrate the flow of data into the portal. It is the responsibility of the ODS 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, prior experience working in a library is an advantage.  

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.  CPL will serve more than just open government data from this platform, we will collect and co-create, and other relevant data collections with the community.  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.

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Sorry, this is not a remote work opportunity, you will have to work in the library. 

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in CS or related field 
  • Demonstrated understanding of data structures and APIs
  • Familiarity with CKAN
  • Experience with Python
  • A strong history of contributions and commitments to open source projects
  • Please provide a link to your github account or another online portfolio
  • Bonus points for the applicant with UI / UX / design experience

Archived on: 2014-05-30