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Linked and Open Data Management Specialist


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £27,578 to £33,884
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Sunday 19 August 2012
Interview Date:   Thursday 20 September 2012
Reference:  146112JF

iSolutions is looking to recruit a Linked and Open Data Management Specialist to join its Research Support Team; the post is fixed for two years in the first instance. 

iSolutions supports and manages a wide range of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) facilities, to enhance all of the University’s Teaching and Learning, Research and Administrative activities. Organisationally, iSolutions is a separately accountable support Professional Service within the University, which acts in close liaison with its users, academic units and administrative departments. 

The post of Linked and Open Data Service Management Specialist sits within the Research Support stream in iSolutions and is operationally deployed to the Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences. The team supports innovative and agile development for the research community both within the faculty and across the wider University. The Faculty comprises Physics and Astronomy, the Optoelectronic Research Centre, and Electronics and Computer Science (ECS): ECS includes the Web and Internet Science Research Group and this year will be launching the Open Data Institute in London. 

As part of the faculty embedded staff the post holder will be working in a team of systems and web specialists who have collectively developed initiatives including ePrints ( and Mailscanner ( as well as helping to promote the uptake of open data use in the UK. 

Qualified to degree level or equivalent with demonstrable experience of working in a similar dynamic working environment, you will be able to demonstrate an ability to plan, organise and prioritise tasks. 

We are looking for someone who is able to demonstrate resourcefulness, initiative and commitment to ownership of the projects assigned to you, and who relishes the prospect of working within a team of highly motivated individuals committed to providing first class support to the research community. 

To be successful, you will need to demonstrate technical aptitude in development using PHP, the LAMP stack, RDF, SPARQL and Linux. Knowledge or experience of current and emerging linked and open data technologies and the ability to produce reports and usable information from diverse data sources is essential. Candidates who also have knowledge of building deployable web applications and platforms will be at an advantage. 

The post holder will benefit from being part of a small, focussed team but will have the support of the extensive technical resources in iSolutions to support their development initiatives. 

The post will require you to work across the University to enhance and extend the current Open Data Service, and standardise practices and tools to allow their deployment by other organisations. 

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University of Southampton

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The closing date for this post is 19 August 2012. Please apply online through  or alternatively telephone 023 8059 2750 for an application form. Please quote vacancy reference number 146112JF on all correspondence.



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