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Business developer wanted for world leading open data publication software team

- November 25, 2013 in Jobs

If you’re a business developer with some IT experience in the public sector who’d like to help build exciting open data projects then we’d love to hear from you. The Open Knowledge Foundation is recruiting a full-time, UK-based, business developer with experience of IT project management to join our main Services infrastructure team to develop new market and sales opportunities in the public sector. Some project management will also be required to implement contracts. Our team provides high quality professional and technical services to clients around the world to help achieve our vision of a world empowered by open knowledge. We implement this through support of infrastructure development and capacity-building for open knowledge data sites for governments, institutions and organisations. CKAN, our open data publication platform, is an open source web-based software project written in Python. It allows users to submit, search for and find open data. CKAN is the catalogue behind the UK government’s data.gov.uk and the US data.gov. It also powers over 60 other data catalogues around the world. If you have a background in IT, the public sector, and business development, with a keen interest in open data, and enjoy working on open-source products, we’d love to hear from you. You’d be part of a team:
  • developing and concluding business opportunities for deploying and developing open data software infrastructure, training and consulting projects for governments and organisations;
  • developing and managing our network of professional services partners;
  • supporting project management and delivery of software deployments, training and consulting engagements.

Requirements

  • At least 2-3 years’ business development experience;
  • Self-management in a business development IT environment;
  • Business-to-business and / or public-sector business development experience;
  • Ability to write winning business proposals and RFPs;
  • Brilliant communication skills both verbal and written;
  • Some experience in IT project management;
  • Enthusiasm about open data and open knowledge.

How to apply

Email us at jobs@okfn.org with the subject line ‘Business Developer – CKAN/Services’, and a copy of your CV by 15 December 2013. Being based in and around London would be a plus but we are happy to consider applications from elsewhere in the UK. Remuneration is commensurate with ability and will be based on a target and commission.

About the Open Knowledge Foundation

The Open Knowledge Foundation is a multi-award winning community-based not-for-profit organisation. We build tools, provides advice and develops communities in the area of open knowledge: data, content and information which can be freely shared and used. We believe that by creating an open knowledge commons we can make a significant contribution to improving governance, research and the economy. Our world-leading software platform, CKAN (), is a powerful open source data management system that makes data accessible and usable – by streamlining publishing, sharing, finding and using data. As well as harvesting, cataloguing, and advanced searching, it can store data and provides rich data APIs, visualization and exploration tools. CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open, available and usable. We’re changing the world by promoting a global shift towards more open ways of working in government, arts, sciences and much more.

Senior Python developer wanted for world leading open data publication software team

- October 28, 2013 in Jobs

If you are an outstanding Python web developer with sound JavaScript skills, a keen interest in Open Data, and enjoy working on open-source products, we’d love to hear from you. The Open Knowledge Foundation is recruiting a senior full time Python web developer, primarily to work on CKAN, our open-source Open Data web portal. The successful applicant will also be required to develop JavaScript-based data visualisations and other data-driven services. Our team provides high quality professional and technical services to clients around the world to help achieve our vision of a world empowered by open knowledge. We implement this through support of infrastructure development and capacity-building for open knowledge data sites for governments, institutions and organisations. CKAN, our open data publication platform, is an open source web-based software project written in Python. It allows users to submit, search for and find open data. As well as powering the US government’s data.gov website, CKAN is also behind over 60 other data catalogues around the world. You’d be involved in
  • Customising CKAN for different governments and organisations;
  • Helping develop new features for CKAN;
  • Working on other Python and JavaScript programming projects in the OKF.

Requirements

  • Web app development experience in Python and Javascript;
  • PostgreSQL, Linux, Git (essential);
  • Experience in Solr, Pylons, Bootstrap, jQuery or CSS a plus;
  • Enthusiasm about Open Source, Open Data and Open Knowledge.
The Open Knowledge Foundation is a virtual, distributed organisation with team members working remotely on four continents. The team meets occasionally through the year face-to-face, especially for strategic planning and review. This role is a remote / home-based working position, full-time and UK-based.

How to apply

Email us your CV and a cover letter describing your interest in this role to jobs@okfn.org, with the subject line “Senior python developer – CKAN/Services”, by 22nd November 2013.

About the Open Knowledge Foundation

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is an internationally recognized non-profit working to open knowledge and see it used to empower and improve the lives of citizens around the world. We build tools, provide advice and develop communities in the area of open knowledge: data, content and information which can be freely shared and used. We believe that by creating an open knowledge commons we can make a significant contribution to improving governance, research and the economy. The last two years have seen rapid growth in our activities, increasing our annual revenue to £2m and our team to over 35 across four continents. We are a virtual organisation with the whole team working remotely, although we have informal clusters in London, Cambridge and Berlin. The OKF is an international leader in its field and has extensive experience in building open source tools and communities around open material. The Foundation’s software development work includes some of the most innovative and widely acclaimed projects in the area. For example, its CKAN project is the world’s leading open source data portal platform – used by data.gov, data.gov.uk, the European Commission’s open data portal, and numerous national, regional and local portals from Austria to Brazil. The award winning OpenSpending project enables users to explore over 13 million government spending transactions from around the world. It has an active global network which includes Working Groups and Local Groups in dozens of countries – including groups, ambassadors and partners in 21 of Europe’s 27 Member States. We’re changing the world by promoting a global shift towards more open ways of working in government, arts, sciences and much more.

Operations Manager wanted for world leading open data publication software team

- August 22, 2013 in Jobs

If you’re an operations manager with IT experience who’d like to help build exciting open data projects then we’d love to hear from you. The Open Knowledge Foundation is recruiting a full-time, UK-based, Operations Manager to join our main Services infrastructure team (http://okfn.org/services) to support delivery of projects and activities within the unit, management of individual team members, and oversight and coordination of projects and operations. Some project management will also be required to implement contracts.Our team provides high quality professional and technical services to clients around the world to help achieve our vision of a world empowered by open knowledge. We implement this through support of infrastructure development and capacity-building for open knowledge data sites for governments, institutions and organisations. CKAN, our open data publication platform, is an open source web-based software project written in Python. It allows users to submit, search for and find open data. As well as powering the US government’s data.gov website, CKAN is also behind over 50 other data catalogues around the world (/instances).

Responsibilities

The Operations Manager collaborates closely with the Commercial Lead / Head of Unit to ensure that Services delivers high quality work and meets its revenue targets; the Operations Manager has a focus on internal delivery. The role also works closely with Project Managers and the Technical Lead within the Services team. Your responsibilities will include:
  • Line-management of individual technical and non-technical team team members, including goal-setting, mentoring, and feedback;
  • Internal operations process oversight, ensuring that project planning is consistent, that delivery is effective, and that implementation is coordinated across the team;
  • Oversight of administrative support through tracking contracts and projects, collaboration with OKF Operations team in getting invoices out on time and payments in, and managing team and personnel costs;
  • Operational support, reporting and communications within the team, to the broader OKF and to the OKF Leadership, as well as supporting cross-team collaboration;
In addition, the Operations Manager will undertake Project Management of client projects as needed; such projects may include training, research, consultancy, software customisation and development. The Open Knowledge Foundation is a virtual, distributed organisation with team members working remotely on four continents. The team meets occasionally through the year face-to-face, especially for strategic planning and review. This role is a remote / home-based working position, full-time and UK-based.

Experience requirements

  • Management of business operations in a technical, software development environment in an agile, non-hierarchical workplace;
  • Working in, and managing, remote working and distributed teams;
  • Project managing customer / client requirements to deadlines and demonstrating exceptional time management;
  • Delivering research or consultancy projects for public or private sector clients;
  • Administration of institutional and government procurement-based projects;
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and presentation skills;
  • Enthusiasm about open data and open knowledge.

How to apply

Email us your CV and a cover letter describing your interest in this role to jobs@okfn.org, with the subject line “Operations Manager – CKAN/Services”, by 22nd September 2013.

About the Open Knowledge Foundation

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is an internationally recognized non-profit working to open knowledge and see it used to empower and improve the lives of citizens around the world. We build tools, provide advice and develop communities in the area of open knowledge: data, content and information which can be freely shared and used. We believe that by creating an open knowledge commons we can make a significant contribution to improving governance, research and the economy. The last two years have seen rapid growth in our activities, increasing our annual revenue to £2m and our team to over 35 across four continents. We are a virtual organisation with the whole team working remotely, although we have informal clusters in London, Cambridge and Berlin. The OKF is an international leader in its field and has extensive experience in building open source tools and communities around open material. The Foundation’s software development work includes some of the most innovative and widely acclaimed projects in the area. For example, its CKAN project is the world’s leading open source data portal platform – used by data.gov, data.gov.uk, the European Commission’s open data portal, and numerous national, regional and local portals from Austria to Brazil. The award winning OpenSpending project enables users to explore over 13 million government spending transactions from around the world. It has an active global network which includes Working Groups and Local Groups in dozens of countries – including groups, ambassadors and partners in 21 of Europe’s 27 Member States. We’re changing the world by promoting a global shift towards more open ways of working in government, arts, sciences and much more.

Open data IT business developer for world leading team

- July 3, 2013 in Jobs

If you’re a business developer with some IT experience who’d like to help build exciting open data projects then we’d love to hear from you. The Open Knowledge Foundation is recruiting a full-time, UK-based, business developer with experience of IT project management to join our main Services infrastructure team to develop new market and sales opportunities. Some project management will also be required to implement contracts. Our team provides high quality professional and technical services to clients around the world to help achieve our vision of a world empowered by open knowledge. We implement this through support of infrastructure development and capacity-building for open knowledge data sites for governments, institutions and organisations. CKAN, our open data publication platform, is an open source web-based software project written in Python. It allows users to submit, search for and find open data. As well as powering datahub.io, CKAN is the catalogue behind the UK government’s data.gov.uk website. It also powers over 30 other data catalogues around the world. If you have a background in IT and business development, with a keen interest in open data, and enjoy working on open-source products, we’d love to hear from you. You’d be part of a team
  • developing business opportunities for deploying and developing open data software infrastructure for different governments and organisations;
  • supporting project management of software deployments and consulting engagements.
Requirements
  • Two to three years work experience;
  • Self-management in a business development IT environment;
  • Ability to write winning business proposals and RFPs;
  • Brilliant communication skills both verbal and written;
  • Some experience in IT project management;
  • Enthusiasm about open data and open knowledge.
How to apply Email us at jobs@okfn.org with the subject line ‘Business Developer – CKAN/Services’, and a copy of your CV by 15 August 2013. Being based in and around London would be a plus but we are happy to consider applications from elsewhere in the UK. Remuneration is commensurate with ability and includes a commission-based component. About the Open Knowledge Foundation The Open Knowledge Foundation (http://okfn.org) is a multi-award winning community-based not-for-profit organisation. We build tools, provides advice and develops communities in the area of open knowledge: data, content and information which can be freely shared and used. We believe that by creating an open knowledge commons we can make a significant contribution to improving governance, research and the economy. Our world-leading software platform, CKAN (), is a powerful open source data management system that makes data accessible and usable – by streamlining publishing, sharing, finding and using data. As well as harvesting, cataloguing, and advanced searching, it can store data and provides rich data APIs, visualization and exploration tools. CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open, available and usable. At the end of January 2013 the US government officially announced that CKAN will be the software supporting the integration of their Data.gov and Geo.Data.gov sites. They also stated that CKAN will be incorporated into the Open Government Platform (OGPL), a global standard reference software stack for open government data management, an initiative led by the US and India. With the US, CKAN now runs all of the leading open government data platforms around the world, including Canada, the EU and UK. We’re changing the world by promoting a global shift towards more open ways of working in government, arts, sciences and much more.

Easy “one-click” deployment of CKAN 2.0 on VM Depot

- June 13, 2013 in ckan, ckan 2.0, deployment, Deployments, hosting, News, Releases

CKAN 2.0 on VM Depot

CKAN 2.0 on VM Depot

Along with our release of CKAN 2.0, we have been building simple methods for faster deployment. Our intention is to get you up and running quickly and easily. VM Depot is “a community-driven catalog of preconfigured operating systems, applications, and development stacks that can easily be deployed on Windows Azure.” You will find a straightforward deployment script and a step-by-step set of instructions. We would like to thank the team at Microsoft Open Technologies which made this possible and we hope that you find this a simple way to develop test instances and custom extensions, as well as new stand-alone open data services. We would love to hear about the sites you set up there, so please let us know and we can feature them on ckan.org.

Wanted: Python developers

- April 3, 2013 in Jobs

If you’re a Python web-developer who’d like to help build exciting open data projects then we’d love to hear from you. We are looking for one person full-time, and two six-month appointments to work on an existing project.

Python Developers – CKAN/Services team

Role Description

The Open Knowledge Foundation is recruiting senior Python web developers, primarily to work on CKAN, our open source, open data catalogue. There will also be further responsibilities to develop data visualisation and other data-driven services. CKAN is an open source web-based software project written in Python. It allows users to submit, search for and find open data. As well as powering datahub.io, CKAN is the catalogue behind the UK government’s data.gov.uk website. It also powers over 30 other data catalogues around the world. If you are an outstanding Python web developer, with a keen interest in open data, and enjoy working on open-source products, we’d love to hear from you. You’d be involved in:
  • customising CKAN for different governments and organisations;
  • helping develop new features for CKAN;
  • supporting existing software deployments;
  • working on other Python programming projects in the OKFN.

Requirements

Essential:
  • Web app development experience in Python;
  • PostgreSQL;
  • Linux (Ubuntu/Redhat);
  • Git;
  • Enthusiasm about open data and open knowledge.
Bonus points for any of these (not essential though):
  • Solr;
  • Knowledge of the CKAN codebase and extensions;
  • Project management/consultancy experience;
  • Semantic web/RDF;
  • jQuery and CSS;
  • S3 and EC2;
  • Experience with Agile methods;
  • Knowledge of the geo-spatial community.

About the Open Knowledge Foundation

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is a multi-award winning community-based, not-for-profit organisation. The Foundation now has projects and partnerships throughout the world and is especially active in Europe. We build tools and communities to create, use and share open knowledge – content and data that everyone can use, share and build on. We believe that by creating an open knowledge commons and developing tools and communities around this we can make a significant contribution to improving governance, research and the economy. We’re changing the world by promoting a global shift towards more open ways of working in government, arts, sciences and much more. We don’t just talk about ideas, we deliver extraordinary software, events and publications.

How to apply

If you’d like to apply, please email jobs@okfn.org with the subject line ‘Python Developer – CKAN/Services’ and a copy of your CV by 30 April and we’ll take it from there. We are flexible on employee versus contractor but we normally contract. Being based in and around London would be a plus but we are happy to consider applications from elsewhere.