Data Wrangler (Labs)

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Created: November 8, 2012


 We’re looking for a data wrangler who is excited to tell stories through data, independently of whether they come from a coding, visualization, journalistic or statistical background. You will work on various datasets, trying to understand them and to tell their story to a broader audience. You will also be involved in training efforts, creating and teaching courses in data analysis to technical and non-technical audiences.

You’ll be working both on independent research for the new data blog and together with some of our other projects, such as the the School of Data and the OpenSpending project.

Skills we’re looking for:

Experience in data analysis and statistical methods
Experience with data cleansing, ETL patterns
Good written communication skills
Experience with R/Stata/SPSS
Coding skill in a modern script language, e.g. Python, Javascript.
Basic skills in information/data visualization
Energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to be creative and flexible
Knowledge of Spanish / Portuguese would be an asset
While we will consider applicants based anywhere in the world, proximity to one of our clusters in London or Berlin is preferred.

This role reports to the Head of Open Knowledge Labs, which is the part of OKFN Labs dedicated to activities like School of Data, training, handbooks, and so on.

About the Open Knowledge Foundation
The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) 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.

About Labs
Open Knowledge Labs creates services and tools that unlock the digital commons for everyone. Under the Labs umbrella fall both civic software and literacy-building projects which complement each other by filling knowledge gaps to empower advocacy groups, journalists or the average citizen to use technical tools speed up, streamline and substantiate their work. At the same time, Labs’ software projects are inspired and guided by the needs identified through our work with data users, with the constant goal of putting advanced techniques for information acquisition, processing and analysis at the hands of those who need them to change the world.

The Labs team works as a distributed group, with clusters in Cambridge (GB), London (GB) and Berlin (DE). If you are in one of these places, we’d hope to meet you regularly during work hours. We often travel, though, and coordinate through Skype, IRC and our mailing list.

How to apply
If you’d like to apply, please email with the subject line “Data Wrangler (Labs)” before 21st November including a link to a 30 second video clip in which you pitch yourself as a candidate, or try and condense and explain a data-wrangling concept into a few simple steps suitable for a layman via a medium of your choice, together with your CV.


Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 13:38 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:46 UTC