You will be:
- Writing SPARQL queries to extract data from Wikidata
- Using tools from our development team to fix structural inconsistencies in the data in Wikidata
- Communicating with partners about missing and conflicting data and working with them to resolve issues and load data into Wikidata
- Writing queries to uncover and monitor common data structure problems in order to maintain data quality and consistency
- Helping to inform improvements to our data pipeline that will allow the team to deliver datasets in Wikidata for countries at an escalating pace through the first year of the project
- Contributing to a team culture of agile innovation focused on creative and responsive solutions to the challenges of a project with a growing scale
Since 2003 mySociety have built and grown a series of democratic and civic websites and apps, includingFixMyStreet.com, WhatDoTheyKnow.com, WriteToThem.com and TheyWorkForYou.com which are used by more than 10 million people each year. Whilst we continue to run our sites in the UK, we also help groups in over 40 other countries to establish and make a success of their own, similar sites.
Our charitable work is made possible by major grants from funders such as the Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and Google, who support our desire to share software, knowledge and good practice for the benefit of the global Civic Technology community. We work across three thematic areas, developing online services in Freedom of Information, Democracy and Better Cities.
Our growing research team aims to establish how, whether and when Civic Technology can make a difference, and share these learnings widely with civil society and governments. Our project management style aims to minimise pain and distraction, and leave people to get on with doing great work, normally in small teams.
Our commercial subsidiary mySociety Ltd delivers off-the-shelf services for local authority and other clients in the UK and abroad, along with commercial access to our data services and custom development work and consultancy. Its profits are reinvested into the work of the charity.
Deadlines and dates
The application deadline is 10am GMT on Friday 15th December and interviews will take place the first week of January 2018. We will aim to notify applicants of whether or not they will be invited to interview by Friday 22nd December.
Your application should consist of a CV and covering statement.
Use your covering letter to show us why your skills make you a good fit for this role. We’re also going to want to see some samples of work that best represent you, so if you have examples online, let us know where to find them.
We think you would be best suited to this position if you can understand and manipulate complex data quickly and have experience in writing data queries. This project is going to involve the following elements, so any experience you have with them will be a plus:
- Git and GitHub
- Working with multilingual data
- Working with an ETL pipeline
- Political systems and levels of government in countries around the world
- Collaborating with developers and non-developers, in person and remotely across time zones
- Working with incomplete, incorrect and inconsistently structured data
- Understanding and explaining complex data structures
- Writing simple scrapers in Ruby
And we’d love to hear from you if you are:
- Keen and able to learn
- Friendly and motivated
- A thoughtful and clear communicator
- Able to work in a responsible and self-directed manner, within a broader team
- Flexible and happy in a dynamic environment
- Good at managing your own time and avoiding distractions
- Aware and realistic about your own strengths and weaknesses
Interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills? Please apply anyway! We support learning on the job and rearranging tasks within the teams to suit the skillsets of the best applicant. You do not need to have a university degree. Please let us know in your covering letter what your relevant experience is and where you might need to learn as you go. Got questions? Ask us anything.
Salary is in the range of £30,000 to £35,000 depending on experience, plus pension (3% employer contribution, 5% employee). This is a one year fixed-term contract.
We expect you to be based in the UK and you need to have the right to work in this country (sorry, but we can’t offer help with visas or relocation expenses).
mySociety is an adaptable, understanding employer and we have some great benefits including 25 days off per year (plus bank holidays), a new laptop, flexible working patterns, a yearly annual retreat and regular company meetups in cities up and down the country. Read more at www.mysociety.org/careers.
We welcome people who are committed to making a difference, but we take work life balance very seriously and we celebrate the idea of quality, not quantity of working hours: if you work more than your contracted hours then we insist on time off in lieu to compensate.
Most of our staff work remotely whilst still seeing each other face to face as often as we can. We work from home, co-working spaces, or small offices. We have small clusters of people around Bristol and London and would particularly like to hear from people based near those cities, but will accept applicants from anywhere in the United Kingdom. We ask that you are willing to travel to other parts of the country to see colleagues and clients perhaps a dozen times a year. You can read more about what it’s like working at mySociety at https://www.mysociety.org/about/careers/culture/.
mySociety is an e-democracy project of the UK-based registered charity named UK Citizens Online Democracy. It began as a UK-focused organisation with the aim of making online democracy tools for UK citizens