Job Opportunity: Community and Public Data Curation Fellow at University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania
Community and Public Data Curation Fellow

The Community and Public Data Curation Fellow will help the library develop new capacities for supporting community and public data. As a complement to the Data Curation Librarian, whose work focuses on helping Penn faculty and students manage data produced within the University Community, the Community and Public Data Curation Fellow will work on a Penn project that focuses on stewarding data that is produced and published beyond the University walls. Specifically, we have identified two projects that will expand our capacity to care for and curate valuable and vulnerable data that may be beyond the scope of the library’s collections. One project will focus on supporting government publishers, and the other project will focus on supporting community publishers and collectors in Philly neighborhoods. Each project is tied to an ongoing library collaboration with Penn faculty members. In the first project, the fellow will join in and expand on Data Refuge, an effort to support the long-term safety of environmental and climate data published by local, state, and federal governments. In the second project, the fellow will partner with faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education who are building an archive of Black Philly by helping to care for vulnerable data published by members of the Black community in Philadelphia, especially in neighborhoods that are rapidly changing due to gentrification and other forces.

As Community and Public Data Curation fellow, the incumbent will help the library responsibly and creatively build and expand sustainable models for the care of vulnerable collections of data, even in cases where Penn Libraries may not take these collections in for the long term. As partners to the owners and publishers of this data, applicants should have experience working in open public partnerships in a social science, government or scientific context, and facility working within and across institutional boundaries. They should also have a demonstrated commitment to ethical methods in the stewardship of community materials. An understanding of the standards of data curation and management, and of the varieties of digital scientific and open data standards will also be important.


Help the Penn Libraries establish the boundaries and understand the level of effort and partnerships necessary for the curation of public open data, and some forms of community data
Collaborate with faculty and collaborators in the Graduate School of Education and Africana Studies Department working on the Black Philly project to identify and support the curation of data related to changing neighborhoods in Philadelphia
Participate in the continuation of the Data Refuge project through connections with state and local government open data publishers and collaborators
Participate in Data Refuge storytelling efforts in collaboration with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Provide support for the digitization and description of community records that may or may not enter institutional collections
Collaborate with community members, bibliographers, and curators at Penn Libraries and other local institutions to identify potential partnerships in the long term stewardship of some materials
Collaborate with colleagues in Data Curation Librarian, Library Technology Services, and Preservation to establish appropriate workflows for ingestion of materials into institutional systems where appropriate
Support development efforts for new and improved repository and publishing platforms within the Penn Libraries to support community and government created data


PhD in relevant field and demonstrated interest in public and community scholarship
Understanding of data curation and management basics
Demonstrated commitment to ethical methods in the stewardship of community materials

Salary and Benefits

Annual salary of $70,000 using 12 month-appointment calendar
Competitive benefits package

Upcoming Events: Spring Workshop Schedule at Temple University Digital Scholarship Center Now Posted

Announcing Temple University DSC Workshop Series for Spring 2018. The following topics will be covered:

Computational Textual Analysis:
This workshop series will model a mini-collaborative research project, involving experimentation with computational textual analysis tools using the Digital Scholarship Center’s recently digitized corpus of twentieth-century literature. We will begin by discussing various methods and tools for cleaning and preparing a corpus, before deploying a variety of ready-made tools, including the Google Ngram viewer and Voyant, to quantify grammatical, lexical, and organizational structures in dozens of novels. This workshop will also establish a working knowledge of how to deploy and adapt simple programming scripts to run more complex and pointed analyses on multiple texts at once. No prior knowledge of computational textual analysis is necessary.
Wednesday, 11am-12pm; Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 21, 28

Data Cleaning with OpenRefine:
The workshop covers basics and examples of data cleaning with OpenRefine. Feel free to bring your own computer to practice with hands-on examples. Topics will include: data transformation, the General Refine Expression Language, and data reshaping.
Every other Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm; Jan. 25; Feb. 8, 22

Using Unity 3D:
This ongoing hands-on workshop will introduce you to using Unity and show you how to apply it to your re-creation, simulation, virtual reality, or game related projects. Topics include Unity interface and general usage, importing and using Unity Standard Assets and Asset Store, importing and using custom models, scene composition, object interaction, using virtual reality, and more. While programming knowledge is not required, is is suggested for some lessons. You will need a laptop (Mac or PC) and an installation of Unity 3D (free and covered the first lesson) in order to participate.
Every Monday in February 12-1pm; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26

Mapping Datasets in the Humanities:
This series provides both methodological and technical support for mapping datasets. We will discuss how different fields within the humanities interpret and utilize data as well as the application of tools, such as ArcGIS, Carto, Neatline, NodeGoat, and QGIS.
Tuesdays, 11am-12pm; Jan. 30; Feb. 13, 27; Mar. 13

Intro to Electronics & Arduinos:
The Arduino is a small open source micro controller that allows you to sense and control objects in the physical world. Join us for to learn more about and try building projects with the Arduino as an entry into the realm of physical computing.
Every other Thursday, 11am-12pm; Feb. 1, 15; Mar. 1, 15, 29; Apr. 12, 26

Investigating Twitter:
This workshop will introduce several tools for using Twitter for social science research. Geared towards political science, media studies, and journalism, it will show ways of searching and analyzing Twitter hashtags and other indications of political trends. It will include at least one session on how to identify automated tweets, commonly known as bots. It will draw upon examples from my own research on state propaganda in the Persian Gulf, but asks others to bring in their own ideas for researching how authoritarian governments and social activists alike are using Twitter to promote agendas and ideologies.
Every other Wednesday, 12-1pm
Mar. 14, 28; Apr. 11

Links to sign up for any of these workshops can be found at the Temple DSC Workshops page:

Upcoming Event: HILT, Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching, at Penn, June 4-8, 2018

Registration is now open for HILT, Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching, which will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, June 4-8, 2018.

HILT is a 5-day training institute that includes keynotes, ignite talks, and local cultural heritage excursions for researchers, students, early career scholars and cultural heritage professionals who seek to learn more about Digital Humanities theory, practice, and culture. In addition to the conference’s day-time sessions, participants can enjoy opportunities to explore the city through local dining and special events

Courses being offered at HILT include:

Advocacy by Design
Collections as Data
Connecting Digital Humanities to Public Audiences
Developing Black Digital Humanities Initiatives
Digital Methods for Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
Digital Surrogates: Representation, Engagement, and Meaning
Humanities Programming with Python
Spaces and Stories in the Black Digital Humanities
Text Analysis

Register for HILT Here

Call For Papers: Blended Learning Conference at Bryn Mawr College, May 23-24, 2018

The seventh annual Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference will be held Wednesday, May 23 – Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Bryn Mawr College, just outside of Philadelphia. These conferences are a forum for faculty, staff, and students to share resources, techniques, findings, and experiences related to blended learning.

Our definition of blended learning is quite broad, encompassing any combination of online and face-to-face instruction that supports close faculty-student interactions and high-impact, student-centered pedagogies, promotes life-long learning, or otherwise contributes to the goals and mission of a liberal arts education.

We are open to all topics related to blended learning in the liberal arts. Past participants have indicated particular interest in presentations that focus on process as well as product, give hands-on practical advice and implementation tips, and/or show methods and techniques over time.

Possible themes include:

Experiential learning with digital technology: making, gamification, simulations, media
Blending to reduce costs and increase access, including OER
Development of new approaches for assessment, on the course or program level
Institution-level strategies, initiatives, and programming

Please submit a 100-word abstract and a 250-400-word proposal describing your project and its connections to blended learning. You will be asked to select the preferred format of your presentation from the following: 20-minute presentation, 75-minute panel (including presenters from at least two institutions), 75-minute hands-on interactive workshop, and NEW this year, 5-minute pitch for the plenary Lightning Round.

Submit here!
(You will need to sign up for a free account in order to submit)

The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2018. Conference registration will open on March 15, 2018.

More information may be found at Contact Jennifer Spohrer at with questions. This conference is supported by Bryn Mawr College, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Teagle Foundation.

Job Opportunity: Library Applications Developer at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

Library Applications Developer

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is seeking a full-time Library Applications Developer. The Library Applications Developer will work with CHF’s digital collections team to develop software that manages, preserves and provides access to CHF’s diverse digital assets drawn from its Library, Museum, and Center for Oral History. The Library Applications Developer will also be involved in all technical aspects related to the customization, maintenance, and deployment of the open source digital repository system Samvera (formerly Hydra, a technology stack comprising Fedora Commons, Solr, Blacklight, and Ruby on Rails). The Library Applications Developer may also write, maintain, document and troubleshoot code for customizing other open source software and applications, such as ArchivesSpace. This is an exciting opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects with a collaborative team and to contribute back to open source communities by pushing code upstream whenever possible. This position is based at our Philadelphia HQ office, but the option of working remotely is available if the ideal candidate lives outside of the geographical area.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • Two to five years of professional work experience as a software developer.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a major web language such as Ruby, Python, or PHP
  • Previous experience working with some of the following technologies:
      Apache, Solr, SQL(postgres preferred), Major web framework such as Ruby on Rails or Django, RESTful web APIs, Standards-compliant HTML and CSS, JavaScript, including Jquery, Linux command-line, Version control with Git and GitHub
  • Familiarity with a variety of data exchange formats, including XML, RDF and/or JSON.
  • Strong communication skills, including an ability to communicate effectively with non-specialists.
  • Motivation for self-directed learning of new technologies.
  • Previous work experience in a library, museum or other cultural heritage institution is a plus.
  • Some experience with Samvera or a similar collection management system is a plus.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume/CV and contact information for 3 professional references to LibAppDev…

Upcoming Event: Lecture and Workshop by Jodi Cranston at Temple DSC, November 28-29

Temple University’s Digital Scholarship Center is co-sponsoring a lecture and workshop by art historian Jodi Cranston on November 28th and 29th. Both the lecture and workshop are open to the public, though we ask that attendees register for the workshop so we can plan accordingly. Dr. Cranston will discuss her recent digital project, an open-source platform that maps crowd-sourced provenance data to track the ownership of paintings through space and time. Hope to see you there!

Mapping Paintings, Or How to Breathe Life into Provenance
Lecture by Professor Jodi Cranston, Boston University, History of Art & Architecture
Tuesday 28 November 20107
5:00-6:00 PM Temple Contemporary at Tyler

Open to the public, with reception to follow (sponsored by the Art History Graduate Organization)
Lecture sponsored by Department of Art History, General Activities Fund, Temple Contemporary, Temple Libraries Digital Scholarship Center, Faculty Senate Lectures & Forums Committee

Workshop, A Workshop with Platform Developer
Professor Jodi Cranston, Boston University, History of Art & Architecture
Wednesday 29 November 2017
1:30-3:00 PM Digital Scholarship Center, Paley Library Rom 009
Please register to ensure a place in the workshop!


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