[Humanist] 24.458 jobs: at Stanford, at Ryerson

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Wed Nov 3 09:47:36 CET 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 458.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    jeremy hunsinger <jhuns at vt.edu>                           (33)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.456 Job at Ryerson

  [2]   From:    Ben Albritton <blalbritton at gmail.com>                    (102)
        Subject: JOB OPENING: Web Developer at the Stanford University

        Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 07:38:59 -0400
        From: jeremy hunsinger <jhuns at vt.edu>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.456 Job at Ryerson
        In-Reply-To: <20101102104732.A965997B08 at woodward.joyent.us>

I like Ryerson and have many friends there, i even have an affiliation there with one of their labs working in Virtual Worlds.  I think two phrases in the call are putting people off a bit and  'subject to budgetary approval'  and 'literary studies' .  I have a feel for what digital humanities is, but I don't actually know whether or not which works fit into literary studies, though I am almost certain that none of my published works would fit there, though many of my projects could.   So when I read this call, I said, ok, they are going to hire a textualist from Vancouver or someone from the Nebraska workshops doing TEI, they want 'discipline:english' as does the chicago call, as did the columbia call.   I think this is something that people need to pay attention in calls much more often, calls are frequently highly disciplined in ways that preclude good applicants from applying.    There aren't that many people out there on the one hand, I think I could say around 2000-4000 that could go on the market for assistant jobs worldwide would be my guess, and there are a probably a few thousand that could apply for a job like this, but out of a few thousand, narrow the discipline to English and the number drops precipitously, then only those that imagine their work to be literary studies, well then what do you have maybe 50 that could legitimately fit of which maybe 1/2 will apply, combine that with the population that won't fit, but will apply to just about anything, which is a very large population, but is probably 100 more applications.  Several people have sent me this app and said, you should apply anyway, and I say reading the advertisement... 'It doesn't look like a good fit.', and I think many possible applicants are in the same boat.  Advertisements in digital humanities frequently read 'want someone in English' or 'want someone in history', and rarely do they read 'we want someone that can work in digital humanities across and through multiple disciplines.

Jeremy Hunsinger
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech

Live without dead time.
-graffitti Paris 1968

        Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 14:04:20 -0700
        From: Ben Albritton <blalbritton at gmail.com>
        Subject: JOB OPENING: Web Developer at the Stanford University Libraries
        In-Reply-To: <20101102104732.A965997B08 at woodward.joyent.us>

To view the position description and apply:

1. Go to http://jobs.stanford.edu/find_a_job.html
2. Keyword search for 40447


Stanford University Libraries is seeking a talented web developer to
support scholarship in the digital age by delivering on the promises of
the digital library. This is a 21-month, grant-funded position.

The Web Developer will primarily develop digital library software to
enable online discovery, viewing and collaborative annotation of digital
library materials. He or she will develop and deploy web services to
enable interoperability between digital library repositories at
different institutions, and will integrate image annotation and
transcription tools into digital library applications. The Web Developer
will be a member of a core team dedicated to the successful completion
of a grant-funded project, and will work closely with the project
manager, the information architect, digital library infrastructure
developers, the user experience designer and other web developers
involved in digital humanities initiatives. This particular project is
highly collaborative, and will involve interactions with developers,
scholars and staff from other institutions. Developing and implementing
open standards and open source software is an explicit objective of the

As a member of SULAIR’s web development team, the Web Developer will
contribute to the overall development of the Stanford Library’s web and
digital library infrastructure, and help plan, specify, and build the
technologies needed to support the University’s goal of ubiquitous
access to scholarly information.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Design and deploy RESTful web services for exposing and delivering
metadata and images from digital library repositories at Stanford and
elsewhere. Develop technical documentation describing the web services
framework, and work with partners to deploy these web services at other
• Analyze, enrich, and transform digitized content and associated
metadata into defined formats, schema and systems. This will involve
automated manipulation of XML-based metadata as well as bulk conversion
and ingestion of digital image files into digital library repository
systems (such as Fedora).
• Develop and deploy an online discovery environment that allows
visitors to search metadata and full-text indexes of digital library
data, and provides users tools to interact with those data. These
web-based tools will support text transcription (from scanned images),
image annotation and online group collaboration.
• Develop and deploy technologies to deliver to the web large digitized
images. This includes implementation of a load balanced JPEG2000 image
server, supporting web services for streaming images over http and
implementation of an image viewing application.
• Produce documentation and provide technical support within SULAIR and
to partner institutions in deploying and implementing these technologies
in different digital library environments.

Required Knowledge and Skills

• Participation in at least one web development project using Ruby on
Rails, Java or PHP. Familiarity with a range of programming and
scripting languages is essential; Ruby on Rails expertise is highly
• Demonstrated ability to write solid, simple, elegant code both
independently and in a team-programming environment and within schedule
• In-depth knowledge of HTML and related website development
technologies and software (especially Javascript, CSS and PHP).
• Demonstrated expertise with XML and related tools and technologies
(e.g., XML schema, schema management and databases, XSLT, X-forms).
• Experience with relational database design and management. Experience
implementing database applications for SQL Server, Oracle, or MySQL.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently on a project from
specification to launch; communicate effectively, orally and in writing;
and work with all levels of staff, vendors, and consultants.
• Demonstrated proficiency working on a cross-functional web development
team, including human-computer interaction specialists, system
administrators, database programmers, librarians and end users.
• Demonstrated proficiency applying best practices to technical
projects, especially test-first development and automated testing. Also
must make effective use of team collaboration tools, build management,
and version control systems.
• Demonstrated success participating in and contributing to open source
software development projects.
• Demonstrated experience with library applications and technology,
including experience participating in relevant library open source efforts.
• In-depth knowledge of library policies and practice, metadata
standards and the scholarly communication framework
• Quick and self-bootstrapping learner. Particularly adept at quickly
learning new scripting and programming languages.
• Expertise in networking and systems integration in a heterogeneous
hardware and software environment.

Desired Knowledge and Skills:

• Familiarity with XML schemas used to describe digitized cultural
heritage materials, such as TEI, MODS, METS, and EAD.
• Prior experience working in digital humanities technology projects,
particularly projects involving medieval manuscripts.
• Familiarity with test driven development processes, or the desire and
ability to learn them.

Qualifications and requirements:

• Education: Four-year college degree or equivalent required; advanced
degree desired
• Related Experience: Three to five years required; five to seven years

Stuart Snydman
Manager, Digital Production / Web Application Development
Stanford University Libraries
snydman at stanford.edu

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