Semantic Applications and Linked Data Developer

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Created: September 25, 2014


Cornell University's Mann Library IT Team is seeking a senior-level Semantic Applications and Linked Data Developer who will apply innovative knowledge representation techniques and tools to library, university, regional, and international projects. Mann Library is a friendly and collaborative workplace where flexible, thoughtful and self-motivated librarians and IT staff engage together in a portfolio of projects encompassing climate science, international agricultural knowledge sharing, GIS and data visualization, and transitions from library catalogs to linked data. Join the team developing the VIVO software ( and and VIVO-ISF ontology through an international consortium of universities, research institutions, government agencies, and non-profits, promoting rich semantic interconnectivity among researchers, activities, and outputs anywhere in the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching, synthesizing, and applying the most appropriate knowledge, technologies and tools to improve data harvesting, integration, interoperability, and dissemination to consuming websites and services
  • Active participation with local, national, and international collaborators on ontology development, standards initiatives, and open source software
  • Contributing to the full range of information technology services provided by the Cornell University Library (may functionally supervise the work of others and lead project teams)
  • Preparing strategic guidance, white papers, project proposals, visualizations,presentations, technical documentation, and reports influencing technology development practices and policies and having broad impact within and beyond the University.
  • Providing training and guidance to academic and professional staff at Cornell and partner institutions


  • Bachelor's degree in an information science (library science, information science,computer science or equivalent) or other relevant discipline and more than 5 years of relevant experience
  • Experience applying Semantic Web and Linked Data standards (RDF, SPARQL, and OWL) to real-world applications; expert-level Java programming; web application development experience in Java, Python, Ruby or similar language; web presentation layer experience with HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and JSON; knowledge of current database management systems, SQL, and non-relational alternatives
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills and a strong,user-centered service orientation
  • Evidence of ability to assess, analyze, plan, and solve problems creatively and collaboratively in a complex, rapidly-changing environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience designing, programming, and deploying creative and effective web applications
  • Experience working with metadata standards, ontologies, and thesauri
  • Familiarity with data interchange standards, reasoning, rules, XML and XSLT, and with statistics, data mining, text mining libraries, algorithms, and applications
  • Experience with Agile Software Development methodologies, with UNIX shell scripting, log analysis, and scheduling
  • Experience contributing source code, ontologies, testing, documentation, and/or support to open source communities
  • Experience working in higher education or research
  • Background check may be required. No relocation assistance is provided for this position.Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

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