SciPost: Job Opening details

“Full-stack Web Developer

SciPost is a not-for-profit, by-and-for scientists organization aiming to reform the world of scientific publishing.

We are looking for a seasoned full-stack web developer to help us implement our expansion plans, recently funded from the NWO Open Science Fund .

We offer highly flexible terms, coupled to your level or expertise and preferred level of involvement. Preference will be given to candidates with the best technical expertise, familiarity with the frameworks we use, sense of responsibility and general professional attitude.

Job description

We are looking for one or two developers capable of contributing to one or both of the following activities:

frontend improvements (improve presentation and user experience)

backend improvements (improve underlying systems and their deployment)

The position(s) are offered flexibly, depending on availability and qualifications. Funds are available to cover an equivalent of six months full-time.

Though the head office is situated in Amsterdam’s Science Park, this job provides the opportunity to work remotely and flexibly….”

iNaturalist Systems architect

“To do this, we need your help to keep iNaturalist’s infrastructure scaling. We’d like to start by offering a 5-month contract to help research, design, and implement improvements or alternatives to help iNaturalist’s core infrastructure, such as our search functionality, to perform at larger scales. We expect to hire a full-time systems architect at the end of the contract period. Depending on the applicant, there may be a possibility to transition from one role to another. POSITION SUMMARY: The systems architect will work alongside our team of five other developers including the member of our team chiefly responsible for dev-ops. The work can be done remotely, but the position will require working closely with the iNaturalist team through weekly iteration meetings and daily Slack and Github communication. The work will require forking and setting up local instances of the iNaturalist infrastructure, implementing changes to the infrastructure, testing at production scales, and helping apply changes to iNaturalist’s production systems. More specifically, we’re looking for someone with experience and ideas to try in order to ensure that iNaturalist users continue to receive fast responses to search queries at larger scales, and will do the work to implement and test these improvements. Search functionality is core to iNaturalist and impacts the response time of most parts of the platform and most new features we have planned. Our goal at the end of this contract is to have an implementation that either performs better than our current system at our current scale, or performs as good as our current system at larger scales….”

Using R packages to populate IR

“Many institutions have reported that participation rates of article deposit in their IR are low regardless of their various efforts in outreach and engagement. Even when the deposit is mandated, the participation rate can still be quite low.

Once this hurdle was overcome, there is another challenge faced by the IR administrators, ensuring that the version submitted by the researcher is the appropriate version. If it is not, IR administrators would need to take additional steps to correspond with the researcher to obtain the appropriate version. Thus, increasing their administrative work load.

Therefore, some institutions had taken the pro-active initiative to complete the deposit on behalf of their researchers. This certainly is not a small undertaking. However, there are openly available R packages (https://ropensci.org/) that can be used to automate some of the processes. In this page, I will summarize the steps to do that….”

“Toward Empathetic Digital Repositories: An Interview with Diego Pino N” by Sophia Ziegler

Abstract:  Diego Pino Navarro is a systems architect and open source software developer from Chile. He is the Assistant Director for Digital Strategy at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) where he manages the digital services team. Diego is also the Lead Architect of Archipelago Commons, an open source digital library software for cultural heritage materials.

In this interview from October 18, 2021, Sophia Ziegler talks to Diego Pino Navarro about his work with Archipelago, and specifically how he invokes the role of empathy in ongoing digital library software development. Diego talks about his efforts to build a digital library system that empowers local control of digital items and metadata, thereby maintaining unique characteristics represented in their digital collections, while simultaneously generalizing for various schemas. This empathetic approach requires resisting capitalistic impulses for continuous growth and prioritizing generosity and care.

Ben Goldacre calls for funding to develop open research tools – Research Professional News

“Campaigner says universities and funders should do more to get software engineers involved in research

Funders and universities should invest more in the development of open research tools, an important activity which is currently being done as a hobby, a leading academic and campaigner has said….”

Science Officer (full-time/part-time, permanent). Closing date: Dec 08, 2021 | Open Science Tools Ltd.

We are looking for a Science Officer to help support current and prospective users in creating a range of studies in behavioural sciences using the PsychoPy/JS/Pavlovia ecosystem. You will provide support via consultancy jobs with clients, providing training in workshops, and supporting users on the forum. The role also provides a critical interface between users and developers of the software.

The ideal candidate should have a PhD in a behavioural science (e.g. psychology, economics, neuroscience), substantial experience in PsychoPy and related tools, and a passion for technology and software. Experience in teaching others would be beneficial, but a desire to push the envelope and a passion for the tools are more important.

We are particularly keen to find candidates that complement our existing staff by extending the range of academic fields and/or geographical areas that we can support.

At Open Science Tools we also believe in a diverse workforce to support a diverse userbase. We are particularly keen to see applications from candidates typically underrepresented in software development and scientific fields. 

Enquiries to admin at opensciencetools.org

Download the Science Officer job specification

Code The City 24 “Open In Practice” Nov 27-28, 2021

The theory of being open is great but what does it mean in practice to work openly, to make data, images, information and code open for others to re-use? And how could that benefit your organisation – or you as an individual?

At this hack event we will explore by practicing how we be more open and support some of the key concepts that Code The City was set up to champion.

We’ll have a number of challenges (which we will list further down this page and expand on as we get nearer the event). These will trigger prototype projects which we will work on in small teams throughout the weekend. These projects will explore

Open Data – creation, curation, finding, improving; data scraping; using the data to build new products and services.
Open Licensing – taking and sharing images with open licences
Open Working – sharing our code on Github for re-use under permissive licences.

Software Engineer – Oxford University Research Archive

“We are seeking a Software Engineer to join the Digital Collections team within the Bodleian Libraries.

You will be part of a team which is responsible for development and enhancement to the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) – the institutional repository for research outputs produced by Oxford scholars. ORA provides public access to the University’s research output. This includes research theses, journal articles, datasets, and many other forms of research, making these available in a free, stable, open access platform. In doing so, ORA supports the University’s Open Access objective, and provides a critical service to members of the University, making their research widely available, and enabling them to comply with the Open Access (OA) policies of major research funders and research assessments such as the REF (Research Excellence Framework). You will play a pivotal role in the next phase of ORA’s development, as well as providing day to day support to the Open Access Collections team responsible for content curation….”

Software Engineer – Oxford University Research Archive

“We are seeking a Software Engineer to join the Digital Collections team within the Bodleian Libraries.

You will be part of a team which is responsible for development and enhancement to the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) – the institutional repository for research outputs produced by Oxford scholars. ORA provides public access to the University’s research output. This includes research theses, journal articles, datasets, and many other forms of research, making these available in a free, stable, open access platform. In doing so, ORA supports the University’s Open Access objective, and provides a critical service to members of the University, making their research widely available, and enabling them to comply with the Open Access (OA) policies of major research funders and research assessments such as the REF (Research Excellence Framework). You will play a pivotal role in the next phase of ORA’s development, as well as providing day to day support to the Open Access Collections team responsible for content curation….”

Three lessons I learned from building Spark – a new (open access) discovery extension

“After over five years of work around scholarly communication, I have to say that this field never ceases to impress me. If you look away for a minute, you’ll be welcomed back by all sorts of developments, including shifting cultures, new funding models, emerging practices and new software solutions. This summer, I thought I would start a project to experiment with the tech side of scholarly communication – particularly, I wanted to create a browser extension focusing on the pain points of researchers.

My summer adventure started in June, when I sat in front of my screen with no idea how browser extensions even worked. Today, I am proud to say that Spark, the fruit of my coding experiments, has been approved in the Chrome Web Store. In this article, I share three lessons I learned during this fun yet challenging experience….”

CODECHECK: an Open Science initiative for the independent execution of computations underlying research articles during peer review to improve reproducibility

Abstract:  The traditional scientific paper falls short of effectively communicating computational research.  To help improve this situation, we propose a system by which the computational workflows underlying research articles are checked. The CODECHECK system uses open infrastructure and tools and can be integrated into review and publication processes in multiple ways. We describe these integrations along multiple dimensions (importance, who, openness, when). In collaboration with academic publishers and conferences, we demonstrate CODECHECK with 25 reproductions of diverse scientific publications. These CODECHECKs show that asking for reproducible workflows during a collaborative review can effectively improve executability. While CODECHECK has clear limitations, it may represent a building block in Open Science and publishing ecosystems for improving the reproducibility, appreciation, and, potentially, the quality of non-textual research artefacts. The CODECHECK website can be accessed here: https://codecheck.org.uk/.

 

Harnessing digital technologies to advance research and knowledge in the South | INASP

“To formulate appropriate policy and practical responses policy makers, practitioners and researchers in Africa, Asia and Latin America need knowledge and ideas that are rooted in their own contexts, and which address their specific problems and needs.

Too often, knowledge produced in the North dominates the search results, papers and reports that can be easily accessed online. Limited digitisation of research reports and data makes it difficult for knowledge users to access and build on relevant existing work in their field. …

Our vision is of a digital platform that makes Southern knowledge more visible, and which empowers experts and practitioners in the South to learn, to create new knowledge and collaborate to solve their own priority problems.

We want to build a community-driven, social learning environment to: 

Grow a global, connected community, spanning different disciplinary and thematic expertise, creating a critical mass of knowledge and experience that enables questions to be answered quickly and allowing members to overcome knowledge barriers that they encounter 
Connect evidence producers and evidence users and provide spaces through which they can identify research questions and develop new initiatives 
Facilitate access to Southern transdisciplinary research through intelligent search algorithms  
Provide a foundation from which research institutions can be supported and empowered to develop their own in-house learning programmes, connecting digital communities to locally-run, in-person training and mentoring, and offering routes towards institutional sustainability.  …”

Open Source Infrastructure Engineer: Pangeo Project | 2i2c

We are looking for an Open Source Infrastructure Engineer who will help shape the future of data-intensive scientific research and make a big impact on important problems shaping society. This engineer will lead the development and operation of cloud-based infrastructure, focusing on the Pangeo Project – a community platform for big data geoscience.

Location: Anywhere – this is a fully-remote position.
Position: Full-time
Salary: $110,000-130,000 + benefits

Applications Analyst/Developer (337012)

“The University Library is undertaking an exciting project, due to commence February 2021, to implement a new repository for its digital theses and exam paper collections. We are looking for a versatile developer and system administrator with experience in repositories and/or Library systems to help this project succeed. As an enthusiastic, innovative and experienced developer you will play a lead role in the implementation of our new repository system and the migration of data from our legacy repository. This post will sit within the Library Systems team of ISD Business Systems at the University. This is a small team that delivers systems key to Library operations you will be required to provide back-up support for these systems. A dynamic, flexible and customer centred approach is key….”

FOSS wins again: Free and Open Source Communities comes through on 19th Century Newspapers (and Books and Periodicals…) – Internet Archive Blogs

“I have never been more encouraged and thankful to Free and Open Source communities. Three months ago I posted a request for help with OCR’ing and processing 19th Century Newspapers and we got soooo many offers to help.  Thank you, that was heart warming and concretely helpful– already based on these suggestions we are changing over our OCR and PDF software completely to FOSS, making big improvements, and building partnerships with FOSS developers in companies, universities, and as individuals that will propel the Internet Archive to have much better digitized texts.  I am so grateful, thank you.   So encouraging.

I posted a plea for help on the Internet Archive blog: Can You Help us Make the 19th Century Searchable? and we got many social media offers and over 50 comments the post– maybe a record response rate.   

We are already changing over our OCR to Tesseract/OCRopus and leveraging many PDF libraries to create compressed, accessible, and archival PDFs….”