[TDWG] Call: Technical Author for GBIF Data Portal documentation

Donald Hobern dhobern at gbif.org
Fri Nov 10 12:55:59 CET 2006

Call: Technical Author for GBIF Data Portal documentation

The GBIF Data Portal (http://www.gbif.net/) is a central component of 
the GBIF network and is currently being replaced with a new 
implementation (test version on-line at http://newportal.gbif.org) which 
will offer richer functionality for users.

GBIF is seeking the services of a technical author who has an 
understanding of biodiversity data to develop online documentation and 
tutorial materials for this portal. In addition, this person will 
contribute to the development of an explanatory video loop based on the 
documentation materials.

The following deliverables are required (all as on-line web pages):

1. Quick introduction to using the portal (includes GBIF data use 
agreement, http://www.gbif.org/DataProviders/Agreements/DUA).
2. A set of three to five short “how-to” guides to performing useful 
tasks with the portal (portions of these will also be used for 
demonstration videos).
3. Instructions for other web sites on making links to the portal or 
embedding elements from the portal.
4. Guidance for new data providers (includes GBIF data sharing 
agreement, http://www.gbif.org/DataProviders/Agreements/DSA).
5. Technical documentation for software developers that explains how to 
use the web service interfaces offered by the portal, and develop new 
visualization and analysis tools to be linked to the portal.

The key skills required for this role are:

1. Capability to explain technical tasks and instructions in clear, 
simple, highly understandable English.
2. Experience in developing online documentation and text for 
demonstration videos.
3. Understanding of biodiversity data (in particular, species occurrence 
data and taxonomic information).

A pre-existing working background knowledge of the GBIF mission would be 
a significant benefit.

The GBIF Secretariat expects to place a contract for a total of 
approximately four months’ work (the majority in late 2006/early 2007, 
but part-time throughout the first half of 2007), including some time 
working with staff at the GBIF Secretariat in Copenhagen.

How to apply

Interested applicants should send the following by e-mail to Donald 
Hobern, GBIF Deputy Director for Informatics (dhobern at gbif.org) by 30 
November 2006:

1. Curriculum vitae
2. Description of relevant experience and skills
3. Details on availability through June 2007
4. Expected remuneration

Donald Hobern (dhobern at gbif.org)
Deputy Director for Informatics
Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat
Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: +45-35321483 Mobile: +45-28751483 Fax: +45-35321480

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