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Exciting news: The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) in collaboration with the Open Knowledge Foundation’s OpenGLAM initiative and Wikimedia NYC have today unveiled the first ever Open Data Fellowship for cultural heritage institutions starting this summer. The paid 8-week placement will combine two roles:

  • Facilitator for institutions interested in pursuing broader open data initiatives
  • Wikipedian-in-Residence for member institutions in the METRO consortium

###Position Details

####Open Cultural Data role

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  • Assist membership and collaboration with existing open cultural data initiatives from around the OpenGLAM Network
  • Research and use open source tools for working with open cultural data for possible uptake by the library
  • Develop guides and manuals for GLAMS for working opening up data
  • Contribute to an emerging multi-institutional linked open data project as needed

####Wikipedian-in-Residence role


  • Assist METRO membership in their understanding and use of Wikipedia
  • Provide training and guidance on Wikipedia/Wikimedia use and WikiProjects
  • Assist membership with releasing collection content into Wikimedia (or other) Commons
  • Organize and host at least one Wikipedia-related special event or workshop

Fellow is expected to document their experience through METRO, OpenGLAM, GLAM-Wiki, or other community channels.

###Position Requirements

  • Must have experience creating or editing Wikipedia content, contributing to Wikimedia (or other) Commons, and/or using other open data platforms
  • Student (graduate or undergrad) preferred, but any qualified candidates will be considered
  • Experience working in GLAMs or other cultural heritage institutions is preferred
  • Some experience in user training or creating instructional resources is preferred
  • Must be a US citizen

###About the Position

  • Stipend: $5000 for a full-time, 8-week term working a 35-hour week
  • Position Term: 8 weeks, start and end date flexible, but primarily during summer
  • Located: At METRO (57 E. 11th St. NYC); some possible work at member organizations (within New York City’s five boroughs and Westchester county)

###How to Apply

Submit a cover letter (including your Wikipedia experience, username, and other skills you bring to the position) along with your resume and two references along with their contact information. Email the above in PDF format to info@metro.org. Applications accepted through May 15, 2013. Questions may be directed to Jefferson Bailey, jbailey@metro.org.

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