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LINGUIST List 23.3938

Sun Sep 23 2012

Jobs: Comp Ling; Language Documentation; Lexicography: Lexical Data Specialist, The Long Now Foundation

Editor for this issue: Sarah Fox <sarahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Sep-2012
From: Jonathan Pool <jobspanlex.org>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Lexicography: Lexical Data Specialist, The Long Now Foundation, California, USA
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University or Organization: The Long Now Foundation
Department: PanLex Project
Job Location: California, USA
Web Address: http://panlex.org
Job Rank: Lexical Data Specialist

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Language Documentation; Lexicography


Description:

The PanLex Project at The Long Now Foundation seeks a Lexical
Data Specialist to help develop its massively multilingual database,
being built to document all known translations among all the words
of all languages in the world. We envision this development taking
place through 1) hands-on conversion of legacy lexical data into
structured data, 2) the acquisition of new printed, digital, and
crowdsourced data, and 3) the cultivation of partnerships that bring
new data into the project, or enhance existing data in creative ways
(for example, by linking to other datasets, or providing new tools and
interfaces for the PanLex dataset).

Responsibilities:
Conversion of Legacy Data:
- Become familiar with the PanLex stack (Apache, PostgreSQL, Perl)
and upload procedures
- Develop scripts to convert legacy lexical data into structured data
for upload into the PanLex database

Recruitment and Training of Volunteers:
- Work with project staff to develop a structured internship program
that we can pilot during the summer of 02013. Participants will be
introduced to the PanLex stack as well as an application of Unicode
that provides a foundation for developing enterprise-level
multilingual Web applications.
- Recruit, train, and supervise interns and other volunteers
- Supervise existing interns and volunteers

Acquisition of New Data:
- Oversee acquisition and importation of PanLex data, addressing
logistical, legal, and IT issues
- Research and identify opportunities for acquiring new lexical data

Outreach:
- Handle requests for use of PanLex data
- Research and identify partnership opportunities, including potential
donors and grantors
- Represent the PanLex Project in communications with partner
organizations.
- Represent the PanLex Project at meetings, events, and
conferences

Qualifications:
- Relevant bachelor's or master's degree (linguistics, computer
science, informatics, or nonprofit management)
- Experience with open source database management and Web
development
- Knowledge of programming and scripting languages
- Knowledge of linguistic concepts
- Familiarity with methods of computational natural language
processing
- Familiarity with issues of endangered languages and language
revitalization
- Familiarity with writing systems, character encodings, and Unicode
- Experience with project planning and management
- Experience recruiting and supervising employees or volunteers
- Ability to read and write English fluently
- Knowledge of two or more languages other than English a plus
- Experience with lexicography a plus

Employment Conditions:
The Lexical Data Specialist will work full- or part-time at Fort Mason
Center in San Francisco or in Berkeley. The time commitment, office
location, compensation, and start date are negotiable.

To Apply:
Please reply to the application email address below with a subject
line that reads "PanLex Project - Lexical Data Specialist". Your initial
communication should be an email message of no more than 200
words, with no attachments, summarizing your main qualifications,
motivations, and potential contributions. We'll circulate your
message among our key personnel and contact you if we require
additional information.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications: jobslongnow.org
Web Address for Applications: http://panlex.org/help/job-lds.shtml
Contact Information:
Project Director Jonathan Pool
Email: jobspanlex.org

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