Draft Position Description for the Project Assistant for the MassMine Project


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Draft Position Description for the Project Assistant for the MassMine Project
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Taylor, Laurie N.
George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL
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Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities Library Group


Materials related to this project for the planned DH grant proposal for "MassMine Implementation: Collecting and Archiving Big Data for Social Media Humanities Researchers." "Developing Librarian" refers to re-skilling programs to meet increased user demand for digital humanities services. This intensive pilot training program will benefit those interested in improving their skills by working collaboratively on a digital humanities project that will strengthen the usefulness of the Grimm Brothers on line sub-collection in the Baldwin Library. Training experts will be drawn from the Smathers Libraries and from other academic institutions. Funding will support visiting experts to present training sessions for the Libraries and other campus participants, and for an OPS student to assist participants and support the scholars lab. (Thanks to Alex Gil and the Developing Librarian Project at Columbia University for the "Developing Librarian" used in this project proposal.)
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Grant in collaboration with the DHLG ( Digital Humanities Library Group ).

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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MassMine Project Assistant Scott Nygren Scholars Studio ( 212 Library West UF)1 Pay Rate: $14 /hour Hours: Monday Friday flexible hours between 8am 5pm, for 10 15 hours each week (total of 5 99 hours) Job Duties: This graduate student assistant position (contingent upon project award) will support the MassMine grant project .2 The MassMine Project Assistant will coordinate communication schedule trainings (locally as well as video conference and webinar trainings at Clemson and other locations) gather feedback from users based on their needs and experiences with MassMine for humanities research and serve as the primary contact for the Testing Group for specific concerns on data research practices and modalities, including developing research que stions software and methodological assistance, discussion of data acquisition strategies for statistical needs, and intellectual goals The Project Assistant will also serve as a core contact for all scholars using and testing MassMine hosted on UF Resear ch Computings servers The Project Assistant will support the initial train the trainers sessions with other members of the Project Team, providing the foundational training and ongoing support for project team members on using MassMine and providing crit ical context on data research in the humanities. The MassMine Project Assistant will work from the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio supporting: 1) user testing processes to gather feedback from humanities researchers to inform changes and improvements in Mas sMine for humanities research needs; and, 2) supporting the MassMine training program. All duties focus on MassMine and are done in collaboration with the full project team. Specific duties may include and are not limited to : Support ing MassMine consult ation during open lab hours, and by appoin t ment Helping plan, coordinate facilitate and deliver MassMine trainings (at UF and delivered remotely to Clemson and other institutions via video conferencing, webinars, etc.) ; l iaising to support development of training sessions by scholars on MassMine within the specifics of their research projects, teaching assignments, classes, etc. Coordinating, facilitating, an d leading collaborative planning and development sessions for data research in the humanities wit h MassMine, including developing research questions As a member of the project team, c reating and maintaining training materials web pages, documentation, and promotional materials on MassMine Minimum Requirements: Knowledge about and interest in data research in the humanities; humanities graduate research experience; knowledge of data curation and mining practices and tools, including APIs; knowledge of data research in the humanities focused on Twitter and social media data as well as web data ; a goo d attitude and professional demeanor; and willingness to work independently and collaboratively 1 The Scott Nygren Scholars Studio is a new evolving (updates underway; official opening in 201415 ) BYOD (bring your own device) space with rolling furniture for flexible room layouts to support collaboration, training, presentation, and consultation on digital humanities The Studio is hosted, with events and acti vities approved, s cheduled, managed promoted, and supported by the Libraries. 2 The project will finish MassMine open source software ( www.massmine.com ) version 1.0 develop a robust training program, and promote MassMine. MassMine enables researchers to collect their own social media data archives and supports data mining, thus providing free access to big data for a cademic inquiry. MassMine supports researchers in creating and defining methods and measures for analyzing cultural and localized trends, and developing humanities research questions and data mining practices. P rimary project aims are to: 1) refine MassMine tools for collection, acquisition, and use of available social media and web data; and 2) develop a full training program to enable broad use of MassMine by humanities researchers, regardless of experience.