The Land Portal Foundation Seeks a Web & Linked Data Developer | Land Portal
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Organizational profile

The Land Portal foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Launched in March 2011 as a global hub for access land information the Land Portal allows for the collection, sourcing, and searching of otherwise fragmented and inaccessible data and information on land governance and land use from diverse sources, produced by governments, academia, international organizations, indigenous peoples and NGOs. The Land Portal brings together content from over 70 partner organisations.

In addition to documenting land rights, the Portal also encourages social information exchange, debate and networking. By combining public data, published information, and first-hand knowledge, the portal has built strong foundations as the online destination for land information.

The Land Portal Foundation has set out an ambitious new strategy for 2014-2017 to become an open development platform, working to improve land governance to the benefit of those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness.


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General responsibilities

The Land Portal technology/ Open Data Developer will be a multi-skilled professional part of the Land Portal coordination Unit. He (she) will be tasked to (i) maintain and improve the Landportal infrastructures and services which includes Drupal, CKAN and Virtuoso; (ii) support the maintenance, improvement and upgrading of the main website; iii) contribute to maintaining up-to-date documentation on technical infrastructure and processes; iv) Support the provision of collaborative tools for the Land Portal coordination team; v) Occasionally act as a focal point with external technical service providers; and vi) Interact with data sources providers.


Specific responsibilities


  • Support  the technical implementation of the Land Portal vision.
    • Improve data collaboration through the means of Linked Open Data
    • Assist the Landportal team on technical matters.
    • Provide the technological support  to LP  programs (hubs, data sources providers, etc.).
    • Cooperate with and participate in the continuous evaluative processes that the Land Portal is establishing to reflect on the effectiveness of its work in real time.


Qualifications and skills

The successful candidate will have:

  • Have a University Degree in computer science or a similar discipline;
  • Have strong knowledge of the core principle of Semantic Web; Linked Open Data and Data visualization;
  • Have advanced comprehension of Web Technologies and Architecture (standards, BP, URIs, namespaces, etc.)
  • Have experience in developing Web sites, services and/or apps, experience with Drupal7 development (modules) would be a plus;
  • Experience in programming: Python (strong), JS (strong) and PHP; It would be also nice to know few of the followings: shell scripting, SCSS, Backbone, D3, RDF, XML, Xpath, XSL, play framework;
  • Be familiar with the LAMP environment. Some experience with CKAN, Virtuoso and/or Solr would be a plus.
  • Know the basics when it comes to databases, linux systems, dev and production environments.
  • Be a fluent English speaker;
  • Be a team player, able to work independently within a defined framework;
  • Proactively approach the daily challenges which arise;
  • Have background in development issues and worked in an international environment.

Working conditions

This is a part-time consultancy contract, initially for three months, but renewable. The consultant may be located anywhere in the world. Remuneration will be based upon experience.

Please download the complete job description for further information.

Send your CV / resume and a cover letter describing how your skills match the requirements of the position to by Friday, December 11th with the subject line Application for Web & Linked Data Officer Position. Only complete applications will be considered. If you do not receive a response, please assume your application was unsuccessful.

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