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OpenRefine, a powerful data-wrangling tool used by diverse communities, seeks a lead designer to enhance OpenRefine’s user experience and functionality.
OpenRefine is a free, open source power tool for working with messy data and improving it: cleaning it, transforming it from one format into another, and extending it with web services and external data. OpenRefine has been embraced by a wide range of communities across various fields. OpenRefine’s flexibility and user-friendly interface make it applicable to a wide range of use cases and industries, for example:
We’re searching for a dedicated part-time designer who will play a leading role in enhancing the usability of OpenRefine. The role requires previous experience with FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) and engagement with the diverse communities that intersect with OpenRefine’s user base and volunteer contributors.
The new design lead will be involved in the following:
We anticipate an initial phase of intense design activity at the project’s outset, which will transition to periodic and responsive support as the project advances into the implementation stage.
The design lead is expected to contribute to:
Improvements to OpenRefine’s Operation History. As part of a project funded by the Essential Open Source Software for Science program, we are working on improving OpenRefine’s operation history and reproducibility guarantees. This work addresses long-standing issues currently tracked in Improving OpenRefine’s reproducibility GitHub project. Specifically:
Ad-Hoc Design Needs This includes teaming up with the @OpenRefine/designers group and addressing ad-hoc design needs flagged by the community. The lead design role will be pivotal in refining user interfaces while maintaining design consistency by adhering to and improving OpenRefine’s design system and guidelines.
Additional funding or community requests may broaden the scope of the work.
Nice to have:
We invite applicants to send their CV and a short motivation statement at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on September 1st, 2023 until the position is filled.
OpenRefine is fiscally sponsored by Code for Science and Society (CS&S). CS&S is an equal-opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization, thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our colleagues and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.