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Subject:

Job Opportunity: Information Officer for GB Historical GIS

From:

Humphrey Southall <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Humphrey Southall <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 23 Nov 2001 14:56:32 +0000

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text/plain (71 lines) , Flyer for Info Officer_Nov 2001.doc (71 lines)

NB this is a post working on the GBH GIS, but it is a post for a librarian, 
archivist or information scientist, hopefully with a special interest in 
geographical information, NOT a GIS specialist.

An MS Word version of the same information is attached, for posting.
===================================================

Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth

GREAT BRITAIN HISTORICAL GIS PROJECT

NOF-Digitise

INFORMATION OFFICER

Salary: £16,574 - £24,417
Reference: RENV 0032
Closing Date: 14 December 2001

Since 1994, the Great Britain Historical GIS Project has been assembling a 
large database of historical statistics about places in Britain, now 
holding over 30m. data values, and mapping the changing administrative 
geographies to which these data relate. New funding of £620,000 from the 
New Opportunities Fund is enabling us to extend this collection to include 
historic maps and travellers' descriptions of places, create more 
systematic metadata and make the whole resource web-accessible to life-long 
learners. We are collaborating with the British Library, the National 
Council on Archives and the English Heritage thesaurus programme.  See:

        http://www.geog.port.ac.uk/gbhgis

This post is for someone qualified in librarianship, information science or 
similar subject.  Our team also includes Geographical Information Systems 
specialists, a database officer, local historians and a substantial data 
entry unit.  Your role will include creating a cataloguing system for our 
large and growing digital collection, ensuring compliance with developing 
metadata standards and researching user needs. By the project’s end you’ll 
have contributed very visibly both to a resource used by life-long learners 
throughout Britain and to international standards for digital libraries.

Training in GIS technology is NOT required, but an existing interest in 
maps and other geographical information would be an advantage, as would 
experience of basic web authoring.  A thorough grounding in the principles 
of library science is essential.

Some overseas travel will be required as the project will be collaborating 
with two major US projects.  Firstly, the National Historical GIS, who are 
developing a detailed standard for documenting tabular data; see:

        http://www.nhgis.org

and:

        http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/DDI

Secondly, the Alexandria Digital Library, who have created a gazetteer 
content standard:

        http://alexandria.sdc.ucsb.edu/gazetteer

Our gazetteer will both provide access to our own holdings and serve as an 
on-line authority list nationally.

More information about the project may be obtained via 
[log in to unmask], or by calling 023 9284 2500. For an 
application pack, please contact Personnel Services, University House, 
Winston Churchill Avenus, Portsmouth PO1 2UP.
Telephone 023 9284 3421 (24-hour answerphone)
e-mail: [log in to unmask] : http://www.port.ac.uk :
quoting reference number RENV 0032. 

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