Temporary Remote / Telecommute

Wine Loving Developer

Davis, California
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Created: December 10, 2015


The University of California, Davis is one of the world's leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions. Its internationally renowned program in viticulture and enology (wine!) is legendary for having educated some of the most acclaimed winemakers in the world. (UC Davis is within easy commuting distance of San Francisco, the East Bay, Marin, and Sacramento. And, I mean, come on! Who else has a Meat Lab on their campus!)

Help us build a tool/site to crowdsource the transcription of 4,000 historic wine labels and visualize that data.

This is a short-term project (ie not a full-time job) so you can work wherever your desk currently resides and at whatever point in the day works for you. We would like to have the option to bring you out for a visit so that you can meet the team and see the collection so there might be a tiny bit of California travel required. And then, of course, communicate via Slack, Skype or Google Hangout.

The UC Davis University Library is launching a project to digitize the Amerine wine label collection and engage the public to transcribe the information contained on the labels and associated annotations.  Currently, the only digitally accessible information about these labels is a single entry in a library database – making them in effect “hidden” from view.  By digitizing these labels and engaging the public to create a searchable database, anyone will be able to walk in Dr. Amerine’s shoes as he pioneered a path through mid-century winemaking.  By making this resource accessible digitally to an international audience, the library will be able to help researchers fill in gaps in their understanding of wine history--- historians, sommeliers, oenologists -- even novelists looking for period details, or graphic designers looking for inspiration.

The core of the project hinges on creating a tool that allows for the crowd source transcription of structured data and then makes that data visible to the end user.  How we get there is up to us (and you!). We’re flexible as to the platform you want to use -- whether it’s an existing crowd-sourced transcription tool like SCRIBE or a Wordpress site. 

You’re a self-started, motivated and curious about the world. Maybe you need one more standout portfolio project in order to be the front-runner for your dream job or just looking for a little something to keep you busy in the evening. 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. (And we sell bacon; see first graph).

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to the contact email.

How to apply


Amy Azzarito

WordPress Software Developer Programmer


Published: Thursday, December 10, 2015 21:51 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:41 UTC