LINGUIST List 12.977

Sun Apr 8 2001

Jobs: Information Officer, Oxford Text Archive, UK

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  1. Oxford Text Archive, Information Officer (Linguistics) Oxford Text Archive

Message 1: Information Officer (Linguistics) Oxford Text Archive

Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 17:33:49 +0100
From: Oxford Text Archive <>
Subject: Information Officer (Linguistics) Oxford Text Archive

Title: Information Officer (Linguistics) 
(Two year post in the first instance)
Grade: RS1A
Salary: 16,775 - 25,213 UKP
Location:13 Banbury Road, Oxford
Post No:
Reports to:Head of the Oxford Text Archive
Other entitlements:38 days annual leave including public holidays and
Christmas closure Membership of the University's Pension Scheme

Humanities Computing Unit and The Oxford Text Archive

The Humanities Computing Unit (HCU) is based at Oxford University
Computing Services and provides high-level support for all the humanities
faculties within the University, as well as housing several national and
international projects (e.g. the British National Corpus, the Humbul
Humanities Hub of the RDN, and the UK host of the TEI Consortium).

The Oxford Text Archive (OTA) is a long-established facility supported by
Oxford University, and based within the HCU. Since 1996, the OTA has been
working as a Service Provider for the national Arts and Humanities Data
Service (AHDS) to support academics working in all areas of literary and
linguistic studies. In addition to the OTA, there are four other AHDS
Service Providers located at institutions throughout the UK (see, whilst the AHDS Executive is based at King's College

The OTA seeks to address three key areas:

- Collect, catalogue, preserve, and redistribute digital resources of
interest to those working in literary and linguistic studies within the
UK's Higher Education and FE communities.

- Develop appropriate licensing conditions and technical mechanisms for
the effective distribution of such resources.

- Promote good practice in the creation and use of such resources in both
research and teaching.

The Oxford Text Archive develops state-of-the-art online finding aids and
browsing facilities, to provide users with direct access to all our
services (see It also offers an advisory service
to scholars creating digital literary and linguistic resources within the
UK HE and FE sectors.

Following a study of the OTA's subject coverage and Collections Policy, it
was decided that additional support should be offered in the area of
Linguistics. To enable this activity, supplementary funding has been
awarded to the OTA by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) via
the AHDS Executive. This new appointment represents a first step towards
improving the OTA's provision for Linguistics and linguisticians, and the
post holder will be actively encouraged to raise the profile of the OTA
within this sector of the academic community.


- Working in consultation with other OTA staff to identify digital
resources produced by, for, or of interest to linguisticians, for
potential accessioning by the OTA.

- Actively promoting the services offered by the OTA/AHDS in support of
Linguistics and linguisticians to appropriate sectors of the academic

- Sharing advice and expertise with clients of the OTA and other members
of staff of the AHDS.

- Assisting with the production and development of cataloguing
descriptions of digital resources for Linguistics held by the OTA.

- Take advantage of appropriate training opportunities as these arise, in
order to keep up to date with relevant skills and developments.

- Carry out other appropriate duties from time to time as required.

Qualifications and experience:

Candidates will be judged on the basis of the following criteria and
should try to ensure that their application shows how they meet the
criteria. Candidates will be expected to give examples of relevant
experience which need not be work experience, e.g. they may wish to give
examples from college projects, voluntary work or skills gained while
bringing up a family.


- Degree level qualification (or equivalent) in Linguistics or
closely-related discipline

- Experience of working with digital resources produced by, for, or of
interest to linguisticians


- A post degree level qualification in Linguistics, or equivalent

- Enthusiasm and willingness to learn about the latest developments in
digital resource creation and manipulation.

- Demonstrable awareness of the uses of digital resources in research and
teaching within the Higher Education sector.

- Ability to work independently.

In addition to the above, candidates should have a genuine enthusiasm for
working with digital resources, and want to join an exciting
multidisciplinary team. All necessary training will be provided for the
chosen candidate, and s/he should consider this post an excellent step
towards a career in humanities computing, computational linguistics, or
information management.


Please send completed application forms to Mrs Nicky Tomlin, OUCS, 13
Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN (tel: 01865 273230, fax:01865 273275, 

Closing date for the submission of applications is 27th April 2001
Interviews will be held during week commencing 8th May 2001

Applicants should note that OUCS will only reimburse full travelling
expenses within the British Isles for those candidates selected for
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