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Hacks/Hackers Los Angeles Message Board › Looking for a data-vis developer for Knight News Challenge-funded CensusReporter

Looking for a data-vis developer for Knight News Challenge-funded CensusReporter

Sara S.
user 20597291
Los Angeles, CA
Post #: 1
Hi Hacks/Hackers!

I am new to LA, and looking forward to meeting you all in person at the next event. In the mean time, here is a position we are looking to fill for CensusReporter. Thanks for any ideas or for just forwarding this to anyone who might be interested.


CensusReporter is a new Knight News Challenge-funded project to give journalists increased access to census data and it's news-making potential by creating intuitive data vis interfaces for searching and considering the patterns in the data.

We are looking for a front-end developer and data vis designer. If you're into the idea of building cool civic technology tools (and these tools specifically), we'd love to be in touch. We are hiring asap, and are open to having a geographically distributed team. More about the position below.


Funded by a Knight News Challenge grant, is a suite of tools to help journalists use census data for reporting. We are seeking 2 experienced web developers to help us produce these tools. The primary project is to overhaul to become CensusReporter, including much more data, providing a friendlier interface for navigating all of that data, and, as much as possible, using data visualizations to provide a more useful first look at the data. A number of auxiliary project ideas will also be developed, to be implemented as time and resources permit.

The people we seek for these positions are mature, self-motivated developers who are excited about creating an easy-to-use data resource (we have filled the server-side position). Developers will be expected to play a major role in technical architecture, feature planning, estimation, and all other facets of the project. At least one of the developers must have credible experience processing and managing data at terabyte scale, and be prepared to prototype and recommend a core data platform. At least one of the developers must have demonstrated experience with web standards-based data visualization. Strong web GIS skills are a major plus. Technical details such as coding language, frameworks, etc, are open for discussion.

This project will be conducted as a completely open source operation. When it makes sense, the development team will be encouraged to develop in a “small pieces, loosely joined” approach which would produce independently useful software tools that also advance the ultimate goal of the project. Similarly, the team is expected to use existing open source tools where they are applicable, and will be encouraged to submit patches and otherwise participate in relevant projects.

The development team will work under the direction of an advisory board of working journalists with Census experience. The team will also include a community liaison who will be the interface between the team and the target audience, helping to collect requirements, write documentation, and otherwise communicate about the project.

We are open to building a distributed team—the advisory board members live across the United States. Technical, self-management, and team skills are much more important than physical location. Expect a modest amount of travel for occasional face-to-face team planning with the advisory board.

These positions are full-time with benefits, administered through Missouri University.

More here.


Feel free to email me directly if you have any questions!


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